North East Ambulance (NEAS) employees are constantly moving across 3,200 square miles in 24hr shift patterns, and with a constant high-pressure workload they may sometimes only see their managers once a week.
In the face of increasingly hostile and isolated working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, NEAS sought a solution that prioritised keeping staff safe, connected and informed.
How Workplace helped
For the first time, CEO Helen Ray and NEAS leaders could respond conversationally to questions, challenges, grievances and needs from staff as they arose - revolutionising comms for staff and management alike
NEAS rapidly accelerated staff vaccination by using Workplace to co-ordinate fast track access for ambulance crews to vaccine stocks at hospitals in the North East that would otherwise have gone out of date
The Clinical group on Workplace gave frontline paramedics instant access to senior medical directors and peer expertise for instant feedback and issue resolution
300% increase in daily update readership
58% rise in intranet page reviews
6 national internal communications awards won in 2021
“Work Networks have been a genuine partner in this project - guiding teaching, mentoring and advising on how to launch and grow your own Workplace. In my 15 years’ working in the NHS I have not come across a supplier before who has genuinely had an equal stake in our success”
Mark Cotton - Assistant Director of Communications and Engagement, North East Ambulance Service