Patient Driver in Preston, Lancashire
I was employed as a Patient Driver. The miles to collect and deliver patients to the various Spa Medica hospitals is excessive, sometimes in excess of 200 miles in a day. Drivers are expected to undertake portering duties in the period they are waiting for patients after dropping them off. Because I found the miles too much, I took some breaks, to relieve the miles driven, and found that they are unpaid, i.e. deducted from time in lieu, which is not good. You say in your advert for a new driver in Kendal that full training will be given. That is a laugh, there was minimum training in the mini bus and one day induction at Bolton. All other training was done online and no practical First-Aid course available, I think that is very negligent, as drivers are dealing with aged, sometimes infirm people. It took 2 months for me to acquire a step for patients to climb up onto the mini bus, one should automatically come with the mini bus initially. The rate of pay is twenty odd pence over minimum wage which is diabolical for a job which requires a very good standard of driving, which is very important as patients need to feel safe, and drivers need to be able to negotiate extreme weather conditions. I myself was complemented on my driving skills by patients on many occasions, as I am a MIDAS trained driver. There should be a patient feedback form that patients can complete rating the ability of the driver. Not enough emphasis is put on the importance of your driving ability by the Transport Manager. If you are looking for job satisfaction as a patient driver, then its a driver's interaction with the patients which gives you that satisfaction, rather than any praise and encouragement coming from the Transport Manager, who concentrates on all your little faults and never praises you, which drivers need, as it is a very responsible job, the importance of which is very underestimated by Management.I learned a lot about Spa Medica as a company. Generally workplace culture is good. Spa Medica do an excellent job treating NHS patients.
Administrator in United Kingdom
Supportive and Fast paced
Great company, management and peers are very supportive and will always make time for you. Great benefits in place and additional perks too. They’re trying really hard to improve the employee experience and this goes a long way to making you feel valued. Very fast paced environment which can be a challenge at times but also very rewarding.
RGN (scrub) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Great team to work with at Sheffield
I consider this to be the least stressful job I've ever had within nursing, yet I do not feel at all 'deskilled'. I can honestly say I love my job. I work with an amazingly supportive and friendly team. My role as a RGN/scrub nurse is both varied and interesting. The hours for a nursing job are fantastic! No bank Holidays, no nights, no shifts and only have to work one Saturday a month. There is some travel to other sites but this is fairly infrequent, and you are compensated for this. Its an absolute pleasure to go into work, and it was definitely a great move coming here. The sick pay and pension are rubbish compared to the NHS, however I feel this is far outweighed by the great working hours and almost zero stress. My only slight gripe is that there isn't really much development opportunities for RGNs, but hopefully this may change as the company grows further.
Theatre Practitioner in Bedford, Bedfordshire
Spamedica management is true Cancer
Initially a great place to work, but imagine working for NHS and other leading competitive Private hospitals (circle BMI, Spire, Ramsay Health) and you meet this Ophthalmic company. Everything is high tech, beautifully displayed.The company is like an amalgamation of beauty and acid, aesthetically pleasing but dead inside the company. The poor CEO works so hard and tirelessly yet the staff below him are melting away a company indefinitely.Management is the core problem, nonclinical appointment of manager is like a cancer in the site. Sadly they are so interested in staff's personal life that they loose focus. There is no gratitude for what you do, no respect , constant abuse from an organisational point of view. They will do anything to tarnish your reputation. They will not support you or direct you correctly, it's a blame game.A company with so much credibility destroyed by anyone below the CEO
Medical Receptionist in Bradford, West Yorkshire
Poor Management Skills
Bullying culture in place at Wakefield that seems to have been in place for a long time and not addressed. Standing up for yourself whilst in your probationary period is not an option at Spa Medica.