UK National Health Service
2.8 of 5 22 reviews
www.nhs.uk Leeds, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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UK National Health Service Chief Executive David Nicholson

David Nicholson

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lots to learn, well structured graduate scheme.

Trainee Medical Physicist (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at UK National Health Service full-time for more than a year

ProsWell structured graduate scheme for scientists.
Lots of training/education.
Opportunity to use scientific skills to improve healthcare.
Good pension.
Work life balance is generally good but studying often has to be done out of hours.

ConsSome work can be repetitive/tedious (e.g. quality assurance tests).
Majority of jobs for physicists are in radiotherapy, so getting jobs in other fields once you have qualified can be tricky.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Blinkered employer with no incentives package

Surgical Registrar (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at UK National Health Service full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAs a doctor I was doing the job of my dreams so the NHS allowed me that avenue.

ConsMy salary decreased for last 3 years. I was unable to take my annual leave as the managers or bosses would decline it. Management prioritise cutting costs and corners for quick wins rather than increasing efficiency safely for the long run.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange your priorities. You are looking at the wrong picture.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Moderate to good, choppy waters at times

Biomedical Scientist NHS (Current Employee)
Leicester, England (UK)

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

ProsGood social security, good bunch of people in general working for the NHS, the job is satisfying when they let you do it, easy to move job or location; most places are quite flexible re hours, many hospitals provide childcare at work etc

ConsUnderstaffing!! You might not be able to get holidays at all, or not anywhere near the time you want to take them, as many departments are so understaffed already. Some useless managers around, just looking out for themselves or fulfill management targets regardless of what falls by the wayside due to this, which often is staff morale. A lot of staff are pretty fed up at the moment, but carry on for the sake of the patients. Usually not enough resources for training, often staff are told they need qualification xyz to do their job, yet the opportunity to complete the training never materialises; incompetent staff are carried and never got rid off, people who put themselves out derive no benefit from it. As long as you can talk the talk you'll get a management role, never mind if you are actually able to do the job!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't keep cutting staff levels and resources without affecting patient care; reward people who go the extra mile, not those who agree with you and a***lick

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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ostly positive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UK National Health Service

ProsGood terms and conditions, good work life balance and employee representation

ConsNo opportunity for bonuses, can be a bit of a disincentive

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to staff and let them manage, ignore politicans

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Information Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsRelaxed job, no work pressure

Consdry work life, no career progression, no learning opporunities, no tranings

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Project Assistant (Current Employee)
Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

I have been working at UK National Health Service full-time for more than a year

Prosvery great social body for helping people

Consnot i am aware of..

Advice to Senior Managementmust opt for it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent; did not stay too long

Software Developer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at UK National Health Service full-time for more than a year

Prosgood place to start off a career as a graduate technologist from mid ranked school. was able to learn the basics of working life before moving on to a more appropriate role.

Consbureaucracy, poor quality staff, but no worse than any public sector role, pay was not great either, but you dont work in the NHS for the money, do you?

Advice to Senior Managementnot sure they can do any more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mixture, as different PCT's provides a different working environment

Management Accountant (Former Employee)

I worked at UK National Health Service

ProsLargest organization in UK.
Steady work with clear progressive advance path.

ConsDifficult to advance to other areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more consistent throughout the divisions.

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Creative Freedom, but suffers from Ingrained Bureaucracy

ICT Staff (Current Employee)
Middlesbrough, England (UK)

I have been working at UK National Health Service

Pros- Comparitively good salary for a public sector company.
- Good staff benefits package.
- Creative freedom to do what we feel is best.
- Friendly co-workers.

Cons- Hands tied by bureacracy.
- Severely outdated computer software/hardware, with seemingly no intention to upgrade.
- Management are too focused on "quick wins", which reduces quality of work output.
- Non-technical management staff for technical teams makes interaction difficult at times.
- Little adherence to established practices and standards.
- Engrained anti-progress culture when it requires adaptation.

Advice to Senior ManagementWorking in ICT would be so much easier if staff weren't tied down in bureaucracy and funding issues. Teams are strangled from improving the quality of their output because managers are unwilling to part with funding in the short term for long term gains.

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Senior Biomedical Scientist (Current Employee)
Sheffield, England (UK)

I have been working at UK National Health Service

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

ConsThe 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 Senior Managementfight 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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