UK National Health Service Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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UK National Health Service Chief Executive David Nicholson
David Nicholson
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Pros
  • Work life balance is generally good but studying often has to be done out of hours (in 4 reviews)

  • As a doctor I was doing the job of my dreams so the NHS allowed me that avenue (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough staff- in the present economic climate the NHS is simply underfunded and lacks staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. finance manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UK National Health Service full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Development opportunities, good salary, lots of training available

    Cons

    Process can be slow, ageing workforce

    Advice to Management

    Be more innovative

  2. Crisis Worker

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    Current Contractor - Crisis Worker in Rotherham, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Crisis Worker in Rotherham, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for the leading health organisation in the World is an amazing feeling helping patients and families in various ways

    Cons

    Reduced funding has impacted of services by reducing staffing levels and causing the 18 week pathway to go out the window for operations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to patients, nurses and doctors views and don't look at budgets as patient & staff welfare is paramount

  3. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    worthwhile work and great team mates

    Cons

    far too much political interference

    Advice to Management

    stay focussed

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  5. GP work gor the NHS

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    Current Employee - General Practitioner in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Practitioner in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job security, a certain amount of freedom to choose work patterns and the ability to look after families over three generations means a high level of job satisfaction.

    Cons

    1. Government interference with everything you do, by people who have no understanding of the job and an intrinsic inability to consider the long term needs of people beyond the end of the parliament.
    2. A plethora of targets, many of which are not evidence based, which change year on year to become more difficult to achieve, with about half your income dependent on them.
    3. Falling income- mine has fallen every year since 2004 and by more than 30% over the last 10 years.
    4. You must pay both your employee and employer NI contributions yourself.
    5. A regular campaign of misinformation from the press denigrating the work that you do and 6. politicians deliberately misleading the public about what is achievable

    Advice to Management

    Allow us to do our jobs without reorganising everything every 4 years for political ends. Recognise that you do not have expertise in managing primary care services, and instead of wasting vast sums on advice from external sources, talk to your workforce!

  6. Mr

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    Current Employee - NHS Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - NHS Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy my job
    Satisfaction of helping patients

    Cons

    Culture of looking for a clinician to balme
    Managers refusing to accept responsibility for problems
    Bullying managers
    Lack of clinical control
    targets are not driven on clinical necessity

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff
    show your staff that they are respected as professionals

  7. The NHS is declining in too many ways

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    Current Employee - NHS Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - NHS Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

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

    Pros

    the service to patients;
    the dedication of colleagues from porters to lab staff to doctors to pharmacists to secretaries to receptionists to physical carers
    the ability to deliver best quality care as a team

    Cons

    especially since the last few years a disregard for the quality of care (if not measured officially) in parallel with an obsession with saving money: changes made to save money result in clinical mistakes (fewer staff chasing more complex patients and occasionally mistakes happening - resulting in my clear view that although the NHS is better than over the years for 90-95% of patients, for a few patients I have never felt that the care has been less safe.
    a practice of managers to over-ride clinical decisions if they do not fit with Trust Guidelines / in parallel with a top-down control of practice which at times ignores experience and careful clinical practice in favour of box-ticking/religious following of guidelines: the patient who is an exception is now at risk of guideline-driven care even when that may not be in their best interests
    The use of guidelines to blame staff when things go wrong and to protect trust management in that situation

    Advice to Management

    when a clinical staff member (nurse / physio / doctor / . . . ) and a guideline / manager are not in agreement there needs to be careful assessment of who is right and a careful judgement before the clinical staff member 's approach is ignored
    show more respect for staff: it is not good enough to say "he/she chooses to work this way" when a dedicated member of staff works long hours out of loyalty and where the number of colleagues working has been reduced to save money (I have noted this with secretaries; nurses; junior doctors; senior doctors; almost all grades of staff). There seems to be an abuse of dedication and loyalty to save money

  8. clerk receptionist

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    Current Employee - Receptionist Clerk in Clifton, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Receptionist Clerk in Clifton, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    meeting people variety of tasks

    Cons

    still too much old fashioned filing

    Advice to Management

    set aside time for training on certain tasks

  9. A national institution we should be proud of and should not let be eroded any further.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Wakefield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Specialist in Wakefield, England (UK)

    I have been working at UK National Health Service

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good employer that offers good holiday entitlements and sick pay, something that not everyone has the benefit of.

    Cons

    They make cuts in the wrong places and rely very heavily on the goodwill of dedicated staff to keep thing afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Seek feedback from those on the 'shop floor' and have more clinical staff in positions that influence decision making regarding budgets and cutbacks.

  10. Best training, solid employer

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    Current Employee - Medical SHO in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical SHO in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good training across all the sites in the UK, job stability as you progress through the medical training ranks, international recognition as a provider of training

    Cons

    Salary scale not particularly competitive considering the very long hours and night/weekend working, working conditions not ideal, many sites old and need of capital investment

    Advice to Management

    invest in your staff, respect and value their views and feedback, act promptly on the their concerns and engage them as actors in change

  11. South West CSU

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    no shortage of work, good team atmosphere, social events,

    Cons

    it's NHS so the pay is poor, don't expect a pay rise or job security especially around election times

    Advice to Management

    to the government I'd say end austerity in the NHS, it didn't cause the banking crisis and it's not any more inefficient than private companies

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