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Department of Health UK London Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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  1. "Important, interesting work, good training but hindered by bureaucracy and Politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting important work - improving England's health, looking after the NHS
    Good approach to policy training and learning about the health system
    Emphasis on evidence-informed policy making
    Outward facing - interactions with academia and think tanks

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - sometimes necessary when you're spending taxpayers' money but always a pain
    Politics - the NHS is a hot political issue, and this drives some policy areas
    Pay and conditions have nose-dived in the last five years, and no other perks at all
    Civil Service often used as a political punch-bag

    Advice to Management

    Defend your staff in public. Watch the hair-shirt mentality.


  2. "All change"

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    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Servant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good employment package, pension, and interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership , discriminiation issues, lack of promotional oppotunities for ethic minorities. Insidious behaviour from certain membes of the Department that treat people as if they do not have a right to be there.

    Advice to Management

    None, its embedded in a system that stems from a sense of entitlement

  3. "Management and vision average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter, great location

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management, no willingness to challenge or actively influence decision making at the top, lip service only to evidence based policy making ideas, low pay, pay freeze

    Advice to Management

    Encourage constructive challenge to ensure best decisions are made


  4. "Good for work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, job share, part time etc means there is great work life balance -depending on your management. It can be a fulfilling place to be, where you can see how your work can make a difference to real people's lives.

    Cons

    Dwindling sense of organisational purpose and direction. Really varied management practices and too much trendy speak from the senior management and discussion about strategy leading to little or no action.

    30% of staff have to go by 2020 being sold as an exciting opportunity!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Value experience and expertise over trends and 'agile working'. Iron out management disparities.


  5. "Interesting and important work"

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    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Policy Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Collegiate and caring work environment - supported to undertake challenging work
    - People try to make time to discuss their work and external interests or share their learning and findings
    - Significant investment in learning and development delivered internally, across the Civil Service, and externally
    - Opportunities to change roles and build knowledge
    - Generally sensible and permissive flexible hours or work-from-home policies decided on an individual basis
    - Great insight into the healthcare system and wider policy on public health and healthcare
    - Some of the most intelligent and proactive people to work with

    Cons

    - High turnover in some areas can mean workload can feel overwhelming until people are replaced
    - Undergoing some organisational change which means morale is noticeably lower than usual
    - Variable work quality or commitment from colleagues
    - Currently very few opportunities for internal promotion, and a long-term freeze on pay rises. Newer pension schemes etc. are on less favourable terms than you might think - check out the terms if this is a major draw for you.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't shy away from difficult conversations about performance management.
    - Keep investing in learning and development.
    - Senior management could do much more to be visible in a relatively small Department.


  6. "Department of Health"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are at the centre of government and will see the inner most workings of government. The policy issues are general quit interesting and you will be working around some of the most brilliant minds. The issues are real, facing people in the street and even in the daily news.

    Cons

    There are a number of laggards that are there just putting in time. It is difficult to build optimistic and positive teams that really enjoy their work.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the lower performers and find work for them elsewhere. Reward the top performers.


  7. "Great people, some frustrating bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Press Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The teams working in the Department's core business - policy, private office/press office are passionate about improving the nation's health. Everyone appreciates the pressure people in other parts of the organisation are sometimes under and helps as best as they can.

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucracy gets in the way, either from centralised policy (for example procurement or recruitment practices), or DH's interpretation of that policy.

    Like all other government departments, there is little scope for pay increase. Some of the other benefits (pension, generous annual leave allowance) do make up for this, and there are some small (less than £1k pa) one-off bonuses available to recognise exceptional work (these are very limited - c.10% or less of the workforce and most of them being around the £500 mark).

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more flexible when it comes to interpreting HR and finance policies from the Centre. The policies are there for a reason, but there are always going to be some exceptions and it would be great if cases could be judged on their merits.

  8. "Great perks, not the most productive organisation though"

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    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Executive Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A genuine feeling of contributing towards something important.
    30 days annual leave
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Office politics.
    Constant "restructures" take place and the same people get hired to do the same job but with a different name.

    Advice to Management

    Entire organisations are abolished and recreated under different names. Very frustrating to watch it happening around you and obviously emotionally difficult to deal with the constant worry that you will lose your job.


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