Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
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Lack support and progression

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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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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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Insights into Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Based on 22 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


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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Draining , stressful & overall challenging

Overall RCHT is an extremely stressful and draining place to work with little to no help and support from line managers & on shift nurses. Along side caring for multiple patients at a time you have to deal with other members of staff making your 12 hour shift day much harder but being cold , disrespectful and extremely hurtful. However the bond you grow with the patients you care for if absolutely magical and the hourly pay is very good but absolutely not worth destroying your mental & physical health over.
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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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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 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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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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Very stressful

Too many working hours per shift on your feet. Always short of staff especially when have level 3 and 4 at the wards. Allocations on bays not fair. Good colleagues, very helpful and supportive. Continues learning.
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Fast paced hard working environment not for the light hearted.

Fast paced sometimes stressful but worthwhile. I learned to be tolerant of others and listen to everyone's opinion. Hardest part was trying to get appointments for patients. The most enjoyable was satisfaction when you got the job done.
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Hard working

The employees will do everything in their power to help and exhaust every available option no matter what the circumstance in order to give their best and help someone.
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Poor management

Really rewarding job but healthcares are not appreciated enough. They are doing half the jobs the nurses should be with no thanks at all. Management are poor and not supportive during times of bereavement. In my opinion it’s probably just this hospital not the NHS in general as I have heard many positives about other Trust’s and even another hospital within the same trust, but this one has too many staff who need a change, who are no longer in the job because they care.


Good pay and pension


Long hours, poor support, lack of morale.
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productive and fun work experience

it was a very fun place to go for my year 10 work experience week I learned how to do many techniques in many different areas of the care system so if anyone needed any support in first aid or anything like that I feel like I would be able to support them
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Productive and very busy workplace

Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians ! I am a very professional PA/Secretary and have spent many years learning and perfecting my skills. Now after 3 years as a carer for my 90 year old mother (now deceased), I cannot get back into this sector. I think that they recruit from within but have to advertise the positions for legal reasons.


All staff doing what they can with the personnel they have


Too much work and not enough trained staff
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Fantastic Hospital

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is welcoming and it is an easy work environment, as you feel comfortable collaborating with very senior members of staff. The facilities are clean, welcoming and patient-focused. The shift work is currently a bit of a mess but the department is in the process of sorting this out.


Fantastic Staff


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Productive and fun

It is a good place to work full of opportunities , as well as job security and good leadership can all be found at the royal Cornwall hospital treliske
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This was a great place to work. I had tremendous support from the organisation, particularly the Occupational Health service following a bereavement. I really enjoyed working for this trust
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Overall rating

Based on 61 reviews

Ratings by category

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

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