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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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2.8 22 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

UK National Health Service Chief Executive David Nicholson

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    World Leading healthcare practice.

    CRA (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsCan be difficult to implement strategy due to funding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLobby more against the government health cuts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Support Analyst (Current Employee) Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    ProsLaid back culture, great holidays and work life balance,

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in people more, communicate and update staff about developments

    Yes, I would 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)

    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)

    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)

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

    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)

    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)

    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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    Creative Freedom, but suffers from Ingrained Bureaucracy

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

    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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    Biomedical science

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

    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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