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UK National Health Service Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
25 Reviews
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UK National Health Service Chief Executive David Nicholson
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  1.  

    UK NHS as an employer

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    World Leading healthcare practice.

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Analyst Interview

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    • 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 for 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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  5.  

    Lots to learn, well structured graduate scheme.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee Medical Physicist  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee Medical Physicist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Well 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.

    Cons

    Some 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Blinkered employer with no incentives package

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Surgical Registrar  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Surgical Registrar in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    Change your priorities. You are looking at the wrong picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Moderate to good, choppy waters at times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biomedical Scientist NHS  in  Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Biomedical Scientist NHS in Leicester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Understaffing!! 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    ostly positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No opportunity for bonuses, can be a bit of a disincentive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff and let them manage, ignore politicans

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Information Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed job, no work pressure

    Cons

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

  10.  

    fab

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    very great social body for helping people

    Cons

    not i am aware of..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    must opt for it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent; did not stay too long

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good 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.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, 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 ManagementAdvice

    not sure they can do any more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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