Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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Department of Health UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt
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  1. Important, interesting work, good training but hindered by bureaucracy and Politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting important work - improving England's health, looking after the NHS Good approach to policy training and learning about the health system Emphasis on evidence-informed policy making Outward facing - interactions with academia and think tanks

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - sometimes necessary when you're spending taxpayers' money but always a pain Politics - the NHS is a hot political issue, and this drives some policy areas Pay and conditions have nose-dived in the last five years, and no other perks at all Civil Service often used as a political punch-bag

    Advice to Management

    Defend your staff in public. Watch the hair-shirt mentality.


  2. Department of Health

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are at the centre of government and will see the inner most workings of government. The policy issues are general quit interesting and you will be working around some of the most brilliant minds. The issues are real, facing people in the street and even in the daily news.

    Cons

    There are a number of laggards that are there just putting in time. It is difficult to build optimistic and positive teams that really enjoy their work.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the lower performers and find work for them elsewhere. Reward the top performers.


  3. Great people, some frustrating bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The teams working in the Department's core business - policy, private office/press office are passionate about improving the nation's health. Everyone appreciates the pressure people in other parts of the organisation are sometimes under and helps as best as they can.

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucracy gets in the way, either from centralised policy (for example procurement or recruitment practices), or DH's interpretation of that policy. Like all other government departments, there is little scope for pay increase. Some of the other benefits (pension, generous annual leave allowance) do make up for this, and there are some small (less than £1k pa) one-off bonuses available to recognise exceptional work (these are very limited - c.10% or less of the workforce and most of them being around the £500 mark).

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more flexible when it comes to interpreting HR and finance policies from the Centre. The policies are there for a reason, but there are always going to be some exceptions and it would be great if cases could be judged on their merits.


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  5. Great perks, not the most productive organisation though

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    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A genuine feeling of contributing towards something important. 30 days annual leave Flexible working

    Cons

    Office politics. Constant "restructures" take place and the same people get hired to do the same job but with a different name.

    Advice to Management

    Entire organisations are abolished and recreated under different names. Very frustrating to watch it happening around you and obviously emotionally difficult to deal with the constant worry that you will lose your job.



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