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UK National Health Service Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
34 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't want to work anywhere else!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am in a medical PA role in the NHS. If you are hardworking, efficient, patient focussed and caring this is a very rewarding job. Even today there is still good security of employment, great annual leave allowances, parental leave and generous sick leave, along with an excellent pension scheme, in all very good terms and conditions. I would also struggle to find a PA role in another industry matching the salary You are left to get your work done without being "watched over" by management. Working in a large hospital along so many different specialisms and colleagues is interesting.

    Cons

    Sometimes patients can be rude, I guess like customers anywhere. They can also be anxious, upset and distressed, understandably, and you can be left to deal with things on your own; sometimes you can feel a little isolated. If you are not dedicated it can be difficult to get the job done competently, as the work load does tend to be large. It is the norm to work through breaks, come to work earlier than the start of the shift, etc, but if you are dedicated to patient care and your team it is worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked for over 30 years but in order to "encourage me to go"they made life so miserable that I ended off sick.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse in Yeovil, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Nurse in Yeovil, England (UK)

    I worked at UK National Health Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Biggest employer in the country.

    Cons

    Nurses and their managers. They may say they are carers but not to their own - i.e. the staff.
    Too much "ticking the boxes and paperwork" rather than caring for the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about staff. They are the backbone of the organisation. Kick them too often and eventually they have to bring in the unions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    NHS review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Pros

    Holidays, pension are the only possitive

    Cons

    A4C structure forces the most talented staff to stop using their specialist skills and become full time managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Payroll Clark

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll Clark in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Payroll Clark in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at UK National Health Service as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    office environment, customer services team relationship, fast passed

    Cons

    job offer through job agency and job placement was not long enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Brilliant learning experience, although under a lot of pressure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Care Assistant in Southport, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Health Care Assistant in Southport, England (UK)

    I worked at UK National Health Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The team at the ward I worked on was lovely, everyone was very helpful and supportive. I couldn't have asked for more welcoming colleagues.
    Great learning opportunities
    Very rewarding and enjoyable job

    Cons

    Not enough staff- in the present economic climate the NHS is simply underfunded and lacks staff
    High pressure- again due to staff levels
    Unsocial hours- required to work early, late, night shifts and weekend shifts, but that is to be expected when working in a hospital as it is 24/7 care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More funding needed in the NHS at the moment, more staff are needed urgently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    hard work few perks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Hereford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Hereford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    the contract terms - sick leave, mat leave, pension

    Cons

    politics and general bullying atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nicer to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UK National Health Service

    Pros

    Fun place and people are accomodative

    Cons

    Not much learning happened, can improve the learning sessions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    World Leading healthcare practice.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRA in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CRA in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate workforce committed to patient care. The research that I conducted was world leading and examined how to optimise healthcare to patients.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to implement strategy due to funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lobby more against the government health cuts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    UK NHS as an employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant Surgeon in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Surgeon in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, still has a good pension scheme despite recent increase in contributions and reduction in pension.

    Cons

    No incentives to deliver good service, minimal appraisal, but guaranteed wage- this encourages a rather lazy attitude to working. After all, most people will do the least amount of work that they can get away with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am in a service delivery role as a surgeon, not a specifically- titled management role. Despite, this, the job needs management skills. I believe that management skills training ought to be encouraged as well as insight into the economics of the NHS in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Analyst Interview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Laid back culture, great holidays and work life balance,

    Cons

    have to push for growth and training, management can be absent, poor communication throughout organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people more, communicate and update staff about developments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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