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UK National Health Service Chief Executive David Nicholson
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    Biomedical science

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Scientist  in  Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Scientist in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Pros

    In some cases a feeling of satisfaction when doing the job well.
    variety of work if in a large pathology epartment.

    Cons

    The hours,
    Pay structure for out of core hour work is not good compared to private sector.
    Being taken for granted by senior management.
    Decisions made at higher levels by management who have no real idea of what goes on at lower levels.
    Despite what anybody says, the service is driven by budget not patient needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fight for a fair budget to enable top quality patient care. The health service seems to be increasingly budget driven resulting in a poorer quality service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Guaranteed pa, that all...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Physiotherapist  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Physiotherapist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at UK National Health Service

    Pros

    Guaranteed pay and employment means no worry.
    Theoretically a guaranteed pension payable by the british government

    Cons

    Poor pay and no bonus system so there is little point excelling. Excelling at your job does not make promotion likely, more if you are a bureaucrat. Lack of useful training for career advancement. Most training is Politically correct crap that covers the governments ass with health and safety etc!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just do what the government asks to gain promotion, do things to benefit the patients and your staff. The NHS has staff that are motivated to patients, but couldn't care for the majority of management. My last manager was certainly one who did a great job, but many before had been useless puppets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Know what you're getting into in the NHS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Trainee Surgeon  in  Basildon, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Junior Trainee Surgeon in Basildon, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at UK National Health Service

    Pros

    You get to offer a service to others and have the opportunity to meet different people every day. The working enironment is challenging. Definitely a career for those that enjoy hard work (physically and academically). Some would say the chance to travel around the country on different posts is also a "perk of the job".

    Cons

    Medical practice is sadly thankless. The majority of patients don't appreciate your work and management is so poor, you are left picking up other people's pieces. Being posted to different places every year can be unsettling and difficult if you have family. The promotions system is more about hoop jumping than ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring external consultants. Hire people for the long term who are compensated comparably to the private sector. Encourage them to link in properly with doctors so they actually understand how the system works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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