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Very rigid
Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) –  Hedge End, Hampshire4 July 2018
Scanning Documents from which Paramedics have attended 999 calls.
Opening scanned documents and entering relevant information from the documents and entering onto the South Central Ambulance Service System.
Filing of documents.
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Some AWFUL team leaders
Call Handler (Former Employee) –  Bicester, Oxfordshire24 June 2018
You do expect to be greeted by your management team !!!!! More poor managers than good. They just need o hit targets. A couple of great leaders but sadly they cant work 24/7 can work shifts without bein spoken too by those above.....which is unacceptable
Pros
Hmmmm not sure
Cons
As abive
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long hours, hard work, emotionally draining
111 Call Handler (Former Employee) –  Otterbourne19 May 2018
it's hard work, long hours with very little breaks you can work up to 10 hours a day with only a 30 min break. you get a lot of angry people on the line if you don't do what they want. you get 4 weeks of training but you pretty much have to relearn everything as, what they train you has nothing really to do with what you have to do. the job has a lot of turn over.
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Nice job
Ambulance Care Assistant (Former Employee) –  Buckinghamshire20 April 2018
The job itself is quite rewarding . Meeting different people was a bonus.
The pay is terrible and the planning was worse.
Rarely did I get finished on time.
The staff that oraganizsed the workload didn't know Buckinghamshire at all.
So frustrating at times.
Not for the faint hearted.
Most of the staff seemed to be of retirement age.
Pros
Meeting people
Cons
Management, pay and organization of workload
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Fair place to work
Administrator (Current Employee) –  Bicester5 April 2018
People are patient focussed as you would expect from this service industry.

Its an ok place to work with many different roles involved. People are professional and do their jobs.
Cons
No parking
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productiveness at work
Patient Transport Services Ambulances Driver (Current Employee) –  Otterbourne9 March 2018
I take calls from GP's Hospitals and Patients to book transport for either hospital Appointments, Discharges Transfers and Admissions,

I have learnt how to do bookings on cleric,

Management are there when we need them,

We all work as a team, friendly and happy team and make sure that the bookings are always correct

Hardest part is trying to get funding for moving patients that do not live in the counties we deal with, finding when the drivers are going to collect the patients.

The most enjoyable things about the job is making the patients and hospital staff happy.
Pros
I get to work Monday to Friday only 37.5 hours a week
Cons
distance i now have to travel to work
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No thank you
Emergency Call Handler (Former Employee) –  Bicester26 February 2018
I do not understand what business of indeeds it is to ask me my opinion on any of my previous employments, and I find this ridiculous that you cannot opt not to answer
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The best first step before Paramedic or ECA role
Ambulance Care Assistant (Current Employee) –  Oxford27 January 2018
Driving patients to and from hospitals and appointments around Oxfordshire area.
We are taking care about patients safety, keeping records, contact with control and each other problem we meet on our way.
In PTS you are able to geting used to Ambulance staff like:
stretchers, oxygen, bariatric stretcher etc.
Good first step before front line.
Pros
Easy and enjoyable role
Cons
Low salarys
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Day
Ambulance Care Assistant (Former Employee) –  Eastleigh, Hampshire28 December 2017
Check Vehicle Over
Then log on to PDA to access work load for that day.
Check work and talk to supervisor or day control about any problems regarding it
Cons
Long hours e.g 12hr shifts
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Great Staff
Ambulance Driver (ACA) (Current Employee) –  Gosport, Hampshire21 December 2017
Transportation of Patients to and from Hospital, Health Centres for daily appointments and general heath issues. Bariatrics service transportation. Liaison with other Health Care providers.
Pros
Good crew Mates
Cons
Long Hours
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hard
Non-Clinical Educator (Former Employee) –  Winchester, Hampshire9 December 2017
good pay poor man management people who work for are great but managers and structure are frustrating which is a shame because they provide a valuable sevice staff turnover is high
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Huge variety
Paramedic (Current Employee) –  Andover, Hampshire26 September 2017
Sign on at the start of shift, assess condition of ambulance and the equipment on board, replace and replenish required stock. Await instructions from control regarding stand by awaiting a 999 call or responding to an active 999 call.
Pros
Helping people in their moment of need
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Worst employer I have had in over 20 years
Paramedic (Former Employee) –  Hampshire13 September 2017
Senior management hide behind middle management who appear unprepared for their own role in too many cases.

Professional staff are treated poorly. There is a terrible blame culture which results in a fearful work environment. There is little support so if something goes wrong you are on your own.

When working on your own you are expected to carry huge quantities of heavy and duplicated equipment.

Little professional autonomy.

There is no work life balance. I could not in good conscience recommend this organisation to work for.
Pros
Well stocked and clean vehicles.
Cons
Management and overall culture.
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fantasic opportunities
Community First Responder (Current Employee) –  Winchester, Hampshire24 August 2017
A great organisation with fantastic opportunities.
First aid training
Voluntary
Hours flexible
Save lives
Team work good
Progression is possible
Fundraising events
Pros
Save lives
Cons
Outcomes that may result in death
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Good company. Long hours,
Call taker / Assitant dispatcher (Current Employee) –  Bicester, Oxfordshire18 August 2017
rewarding job in both call taking and dispatched. High pressured control room with extremely difficult situations at times. All colleagues are extremely friendly and lovely to work with. Down side to job is the hours need to work. sometimes stressful as not being about plan or have a routine can have negative affect on family life.
Pros
Good oppotunities to progrssive in rewarding job.
Cons
Shift hours, stressfull at times.
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Doing good in a very limited way
Emergency Call Taker (Current Employee) –  Bicester18 July 2017
A good job to have if you are able to adapt to others needs and be calm and collective in situations that could be the end of the world for the public. The hardest is babys not breathing, having to deal with emotional callers which can make you emotional (we are not robots).
Cons
long, shift work.
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Challenging
999 emergency call taker (Former Employee) –  Otterbourne, Hampshire3 July 2017
Multi-tasking with listening to callers, typing relevant details onto NHS system, talking calmly and assertive when required, reading questions from other NHS employees where further information is required about whether an ambulance is required.
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Poor management and support for staff
111 Call handler (Former Employee) –  Winchester14 April 2017
Very brief training which did not cover enough to make you feel secure knowing what to do when you started. Unsupportive management and lack of support when dealing with difficult situations, often left to make clinical decisions alone.
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Productive and fun working place
Call handler (Former Employee) –  Winchester13 April 2017
Truly enjoyed working with scas for 4+ years, great team with good management. The only negative is HR whom do not appear to be understanding or sympathetic towards staff when there is illnesses within family
Pros
To many to list
Cons
Human resources
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Verry Good
Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Oxford26 February 2017
Working at the South Central Ambulance Service was an eye opening experience into the hardships and goo things about working at the NHS. It is very controlled and requires a lot of teamwork to work at the NHS.
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