About the Paramedic Welfare trust
The Paramedic welfare trust was established by our Chief Executive Ian McLeod to provide emotional and practical support to paramedics, technicians and ambulance staff. We also accept applications from trainee practitioners.
Ian was a paramedic for 27 years before retiring and setting up PWT, driven by a clear need for more specific support services for paramedic staff and also his passion for paramedic well being. The PWT feels it is important to look after those who look after us and Paramedics and Ambulance staff do a vital job of looking after others.
Paramedics and ambulance staff can work long, unsociable hours and are exposed to high levels of stress and trauma throughout their professional lives. Known as 'cumulative trauma' this can have a profound impact on the personal and professional lives of Ambulance staff.
Burn out rates as a paramedic are significantly higher than average compared to other jobs and we have a strong belief in Paramedic and ambulance staff receiving the best possible support so that they live healthily, fulfilled professional lives.
Membership is available for all ambulance staff throughout the U.K. We are an inclusive organisation and offer an LGBT affirmative service. We are both not politically affiliated and not for profit.
( Louise King, retired paramedic)
PWT ( Paramedic Welfare trust) recognises that paramedics and ambulance staff need support and was set up to provide emotional and practical support in response to the demands of the role.
Founded by former Paramedics, we provide psychological support, psychotherapy and trauma focussed counselling, a monthly e-magazine focusing on welfare issues, CPD days on self-care and physio support for work-related injuries.
We aim to support Paramedics and ambulance staff to at times of need, whatever that might be.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ support we offer but have experience of supporting those who are:
- In need of emotional support
- Experiencing stress, depression and anxiety as part of their work or as a result of your work
- Dissatisfaction with work
- Going through an investigation or disciplinary process
- Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed
- Feeling stress or strain by things at work
- Difficulties in team dynamics and relationships with other staff
- Physical injury or strain as a result of working
The PWT is an independent, confidential service.