Psychological vulnerability and suicidality within the ambulance service: a review

A methodical literature search was conducted to identify peer-reviewed evidence. It began with a broad search of Google Scholar using the terms ‘paramedic suicide’ and ‘paramedic suicidality’..

Contemporary portrait of the working lives of ambulance services staff in Wales

Throughout the past decade, NHS ambulance services have seen significant reductions in their budgets, which have impacted their responses and service delivery (NHS Providers, 2020). As a consequence,...

Peer support after exposure to trauma: an evaluation

To be a successful ambulance service and deliver the highest level of clinical care, organisations must put the health and wellbeing of their employees at the centre of their core values (Meadley et...

The role of individual factors in the mental health of NHS ambulance personnel

Four NHS ambulance trusts in England facilitated the recruitment of a purposive sample of ambulance personnel. The researchers were limited in access to sites and relied on the communication team at...

‘Giving a piece of you’: the lecturer experience of aiding student wellbeing

This study aimed to highlight the experiences of paramedic senior lecturers and their perceptions towards the wellbeing of student paramedics and to explore difficulties around supporting students..

Winning in winter with marginal gains: enhancing welfare on the frontline

The welfare van was a resource without an operational call sign and, as such, was a hidden asset in the context of EOC planning and resource availability. Local management were explicit that crews...

Staff wellbeing: a matter for quality indicators or a concern in its own right?

This systematised review uses a qualitative synthesis and thematic analysis to account for heterogeneity between articles, with thematic coding to identify mental health trends..

Health behaviours in ambulance workers

This review is restricted in terms of being able to draw firm conclusions because of the limitations of the studies included (Table 4). The papers were limited to research based in Westernised...

Could mindfulness activity improve occupational health in UK paramedics?

Evidence supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness for health professionals is broad and covers a variety of clinical domains including nursing (Kang et al, 2009; Foureur et al, 2013; Zeller and...

Fit to practise: does more need to be done to improve the health and wellbeing of paramedics?

The physically strenuous nature of a paramedic's job calls for high levels of physical fitness in order to maintain their ability to work, and to stay healthy. Sterud et al (2006) conducted a...

The impact of working shifts: exploring the views of UK paramedics

The ontological influence on the research design was relativist in nature, whereby reality is believed to be constructed through meanings and understandings developed socially and experientially...

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