National Health Service Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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National Health Service CEO Simon Stevens
Simon Stevens
3 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is generally good but studying often has to be done out of hours (in 4 reviews)

  • Reasonable salary, still has a good pension scheme despite recent increase in contributions and reduction in pension (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough staff- in the present economic climate the NHS is simply underfunded and lacks staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Stressful environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good holiday entitlement, meet some nice people

    Cons

    Constant pressure, skeleton staff, budget cuts


  2. Slowly being eroded by a government with an agenda

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Health Service full-time

    Pros

    I believe in what I do and get the opportunity to help people, treating everyone equally regardless of how much money they have.

    Cons

    My organisation is slowly being eroded by budget cuts and 'efficiency savings' (despite the talk about ring fences). The government seems to have a hidden agenda that goes like this: put so much pressure on the NHS that the services will fail and patients will suffer. Then the public will turn against the 'failing NHS' and they will be less resistant to the idea of privatising healthcare.

    Advice to Management

    Let's be efficient and modernise, but let's also stand up publicly when the funding is inadequate and patients are suffering!


  3. Increasing pressure

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    Current Employee - Biomedical Scientist NHS
    Current Employee - Biomedical Scientist NHS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Health Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security - not many people are made redundant. Holiday allowance is decent. You get sick pay. Most colleagues are hard working.

    Cons

    Increasing pressure on staff in certain areas. Usually poor management. Downgrading of staff duties due to lack of funding meaning you work harder and are told to do jobs that previously were performed by a higher band. No job progression or promotion available due to staffing cuts and lack of funding. No training opportunities or investment in staff. Sickness levels are high in some areas due to stress. Pension reforms linking NHS pension age to the state pension age. Minimal additional re-numeration when working unsociable hours.


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  5. NHS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping others & getting patients back to full health.

    Cons

    Too much interference from bureaucrats

    Advice to Management

    Provide full autonomous control back to clinicians.so they can look after their patients properly.


  6. Psychologist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Health Service (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to train within the organisations, interesting work with clients, research based.

    Cons

    enormously bureaucratic company, don't value own employees, everything takes unnecessary time, hours, weeks and months wasted, keeps people undated.

    Advice to Management

    Arrange effective appraisal and put them into real action within that year, cut the time that decision making is taking, invest in new IT systems. Value your employees


  7. Financially not rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Doctor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Doctor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun teams. Feel-good factor. Lots of holiday time.

    Cons

    Salaries are restricted. Night shifts. Rude patients.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid future top-down restructures


  8. I have to spend my own money to be able to do my job.

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    Current Employee - Physiotherapist in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Physiotherapist in Havant, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Health Service part-time

    Pros

    There is satisfaction in helping those who cannot help themselves.

    Cons

    If you go on a course you have to pay for your own accomdation even if the course is mandatory. They look for every opportunity to pay you less than you are owed, For example the petrol allowance for using your own car to work is set up in such a that you do not get back the miles you have travelled. You are not appreciated by your employer ie the Government. You will be expeced to do more and more with no appropraite re-numeration. You pension will be hacked down to a fraction of what it was. You will be doing a job that a few years back was a higher pay band. You will often be doing the job of 2 people as retention and recruitement is a joke. You will be working with outdated and often broken equipment. You will have to fight tooth and nail to get the equipment that your patients needs. You will be complained to constantly about the state of the NHS when you are doing your hardest.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making changes all the time it is completely demoralising.


  9. receptionist / clerk

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    Current Employee - Receptionist/Clerk in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Clerk in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Health Service full-time

    Pros

    working with people when on reception sorting out minor problems etc also there are varied tasks the hours start late and go on to 7pm but this suits me

    Cons

    too much filing am still in a paper practice also the rate of pay is poor i earn less than the rental of an average flat

    Advice to Management

    increase basic salary


  10. physiotherapist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physiotherapist
    Current Employee - Physiotherapist

    I have been working at National Health Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong team support and peer learning from other physios. I feel well supported through supervision from other seniors. clear hierarchy so I am aware of how to escalate concerns and issues.

    Cons

    poor pay especially oncall pay. frustrating as there are not enough community services to discharge patients to meaning delays in discharges and unnecessary long length of stays for patients, especially elderly which put them at risk of chest infections etc. Standard career progression for all. No recognition of individual achievement.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out social care to make it easier to discharge patients into the community Need to recognise individual achievements with a pay review based on achievements


  11. Privatisation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pension good and flexible working hours

    Cons

    NHS being privatised by the backdoor and everything contracted out



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