Can coaching paramedics help them reflect on their wellbeing and confidence and be empowered within their profession?
G Barody International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2016
There has been a significant increase in the number of paramedic practitioners leaving the profession, in relation to the increased anxiety and stress associated with the evolving, diverse role, and increased workload. The ambulance services are struggling nationally to recruit the numbers of staff required to support the current healthcare demands. This qualitative study was set up, to ascertain whether delivering a short course of coaching sessions, over a two-month period to a group of practitioners, could make a difference to the general wellbeing and satisfaction of the paramedic professional. Findings revealed themes, including confidence building, enabling expression, professional and personal improvements, recognition of patterns of thought and behaviour, and a reduction of stress