great career for young and unattached
Clinical Mentor/ Paramedic (Former Employee) – Hampshire – 14 June 2018
as soon as you logged onto an Ambulance you were busy. Most of the time the work was enjoyable and sometimes was very physically demanding. Who you worked with could make or break your day. The shifts were long and you always had the feeling that your welfare was of secondary concern, not to the patient but to the service hitting its targets
Management at a local level, team Leaders, clinical mentors was by and large very good but senior level were always firefighting, mainly due to situations outside of their control
The workplace culture has changed dramatically over recent years due to the influx of young people, mainly student paramedics who then remain when they have qualified. They have brought a vibrancy to the crew room and a thirst for development that was not there before.
the worst part of the job was nothing to do with patients but was the work life balance. You have to accept that you are going to miss a lot of important family occasions, birthdays, Christmases and weekends. you miss so much of your children growing up
the best part of the job was the feeling you get when you actually make a big difference to someones life. Whether that is an old person with a fractured hip in a lot of pain and you are able to give them morphine or a person having a heart attack and you get them to the right unit in time for effective treatment or bringing someone back from the dead, it gives you the biggest high ever
camaraderie, good salary, knowing you are doing a worthwhile job