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Productive and full of lots of experiences

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What is the best part of working at the company?Working in Kerensa ward has given me alot of opportunity to know more about dementia and delirium patient What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Working with dishonest people What is the work environment and culture like at the company?My work environment is conducive What is a typical day like for you at the company?Typical day for me is stressful
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good place to work

as above, very helpful staff and very kind patients and suportive environment. local airpot at newquy is very helpful and transportation is very easy to playmouth
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Fab colleagues and passionate team wanting to make a difference

I’ve worked for the trust for 3 years, my day-to-day involves a lot of fire fighting and things are difficult since covid with lots of backlogs and pressure so it can be quite stressful but my team are amazing and very supportive, I also believe management are passionate about getting things better for all patients in Cornwall. They are trying their best in extremely difficult circumstances. The culture within my team is great, really encouraging and supportive. I feel valued and my contributions are encouraged. Although that’s not the case across the trust unfortunately some teams are struggling with this. The hardest part of my job is relying on other people to get back to me and to want to change things for improvement. Unfortunately because the pressure is on their isn’t necessarily the time to focus on improvements.Overall I really like working here, the majority of people work hard to make a difference and that’s where I get job satisfaction from.


Good opportunities for development and career growth and passionate team of people


Very pressured environment that can be draining
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Great place to work with amazing, kind colleagues, however times are changing and wages and work life balance are being left behind. Very interesting and varied job that keeps you learning and in your toes.


Career. Always learning. You make a difference.


Long hours and nights. Poor wages.
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Lack support and progression

Employed as a senior experienced nurse, all of my suggestions for improvement or change were ignored. Do not allow you to progress to higher bands unless your prepared to work full time
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Insights into Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Based on 23 survey responses
What people like
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Fair pay for job
  • Trust in colleagues

Not supportive

I absolutely loved working here, unfortunately the management wasn’t great and I felt let down many times. The wards was left unsafe and I was left alone many times without support
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Hardworking team

Nicest and most hardworking people in the world within a challenging environment.Very approachable ward matron.I worked in neurology medical ward under older peopel and trauma care.
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If you have your feet under the table and have been there a while then your all set to boss the newbies around whilst you do nothing. If your new then expect all the hardest, dirtiest, most stressful jobs whilst others take the easy tasks for themselves. Management let the longest running staff members create own rotas so they basically get to do what they want, when they want. They also don’t train you properly but expect you to know what your doing anyway. Sonograhers were always lovely, CIA’s were NOT.
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Rewarding but stressful, long hours and often demanding both physically and mentally.

Working for the NHS offers many opportunities in training and development along with benefits. However it is both physically and mentally demanding, often stressful and demanding and not to be entered into lightly. RCHT varies depending on your specific ward or place of work for how these aspects vary.


Opportunities, Development, Training


Long hours, Physically and mentally demanding, stressful.
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A job for life.Opportunities to progress are there but you have to want to.Lots of people are happy to stay in the same role.

Depending on your banding, it’s a pretty safe secure and stress free ( sometimes) jobYou will work hard for little financial reward, the NHS runs on goodwill I’d say.. lots of unhappy staff members and very low morale.Can be busy, can also be boring.


Job for life, pension, holiday pay, sick pay. Subsidised restaurant. Some good staff there ands some shocking staff too!


Low salary. long hours, low morale, stressful, hard work some days. Management are great, but staff get away with bad work ethics/behaviour, disciplining someone takes a very long. Lots of dead wood work there. Salary is low.
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Great environment

Great environment to work with and to provide excellent service to customers and staff. Loved the department I work in and loved working with a team and other professionals. Great outdoor space to get away from the busy environment inside. Friendly staff and patients and enjoyed every minute I was there.


Feeling like I achieved something


Not good on public transport availability
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Stressful environment- Research Department

The Research Department at RCHT in Truro could be the most rewarding place to work, however it is grossly understaffed and the most stressful place I have worked. The three top senior management team have lead a bullying culture. A very new lead has started and time will tell if she has the ability to change things. The department operates against many of the values of RCHT and speaking up is not an option. I sorely hope things do change for the sake of all the staff.


Working in leading valuable clinical research


Hugely stressful environment with a management team with no business acumen
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Lots of movement

Moved the office 3 times very stressful However the staff I worked with were all lovely in a stress full environment my role was very interesting although repetitive


Nice staff


Parking to be paid for traffic to the hospital
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Not like the rest of England

I have been in the area for a couple of years, wanted to join the bank in order to get to grips with my surroundings, poor support from hr, took a job on trauma unit, no help or support, no time for training, staff uncaring, left after 4 weeks ,limited support from ward staff, so behind the time it’s sad.. now joined the bank, rude staff, no training support, but no other options unless you can travel to Plymouth,.




Poor HR, no support, no leeway on hours, rude staff
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Great team, busy work place and always learning

RCHT is a busy hospital with several outlying hospital/units so I can be working in a different unit everyday. Our ultrasound lists can be mixed or one type of examination depending on where you are working. The changes of unit and examination makes it a very interesting Trust to work for. We are a good close knit team exchanging ideas and experience both with qualified Sonographer and trainees. The best thing about by job as a sonographer is the interaction with the patients/customers the worst is giving bad news. Our immediate team lead is very approachable and the higher management supportive.


Beautiful area of the UK to live and work in.
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A varied and fast-paced employer. Plenty of opportunities for other work experience. Trust communication is improved from recent times. A great Chief Exec.
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great for career progression

Good benefits such as pension, training and annual leave, and supported to progress my career. flexible working options are considered to support childcare.
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Long time employee

Have worked for RCHT for many years. Currently on furlough and they have been exceptionally supportive. I also admired the way in which the management have handled this crisis


Close to where I live


Limited parking
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A rewarding and fun workplace!

A fast paced, challenging job but it is highly rewarding and there is a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere. There have been lots of times I have been pushed out of my comfort zone but I have been very supported and this has enabled me to grow. I have been given fantastic training opportunities and there is a variety of training available to staff at all times. The training isn't always advertised to you so you have to be proactive and find it but there is always plenty available.This is a great place to work for personal development. I work with a fantastic team and work collaboratively with many others who are also very friendly and helpful. There are lots of great onsite facilities. There is a shop and lots of nice places to eat. There is onsite parking available as well as bus stops. They really look after your wellbeing and there are lots of free resources to look after you. The pay is fair and the annual leave and pension is fantastic.
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Supportive environment

I've found RCHT to be full of people who genuinely care about patient care. Staff are really passionate about what they do. As a place to work, it's really flexible, and your personal development is taken seriously too. There's a really supportive culture within our teams - we work hard, but we have fun too. I'm really happy here and glad I made the move to Cornwall.
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challenging environment, good immediate management but senior management and executive team are too removed from the shop floor to understand the experience that staff face


good holiday allowance


demanding, low pay for entry level roles, little career progression
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Based on 63 reviews

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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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