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Department of Health UK Reviews

Updated November 9, 2018
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  1. "A"

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    Former Employee - School Nurse in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - School Nurse in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Summers off
    Health benefits
    Work with nice people
    A week off at Christmas
    Snow days off
    Spring break off

    Cons

    No retirement
    Poor pay
    Lunch is often missed

    Advice to Management

    I have a good manager who is very supportive


  2. "Good title for such a student."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working on flexible projects, and management is good.

    Cons

    Very hectic environment, which can lead to a constant shifting of priorities.

  3. "28 years behind the mast"

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    Former Employee - Parliamentary Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Parliamentary Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some lovely people, including most of my line managers over a 28 year period. Teams were very enthusiastic about their work and I felt able to share that enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Pay was abysmal and every time it became useful politically to either of the main parties, we would find our pay being frozen, often for years on end. Added to that, there was a mini revolution about every five years and the way the Department works went in cycles until by the time I left, I was back where I started. Added to that, of course, as announced in the newspapers, it became politically expedient to reduce redundancy payouts (so that I got less than two thirds (in cash terms, not 'real terms') in 2017 what I would have got in 2003 had I been allowed to go.


  4. "Higher Executive Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to lots of opportunities, supportive environment, a lot of responsibility is given to you so great for development, focus on training and health and well-being of staff, very open to flexible working and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Very difficult to progress even if you are recognised as a good worker, no incremental pay rise so have to negotiate the salary before you join


  5. "Good opportunities for career progression and lots of learning opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woden (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woden (Australia)

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for development and good support for staff. Interesting policy areas and you feel that you can make a difference.

    Cons

    Central government so the budget is very tight. Financial incentives are few and far between.


  6. "Department of Health NI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful setting (in grounds of Stormont). Good office accommodation and IT support. Team approach and corporate support (in the main) within the organisation. Good pension and terms of service but pay is lagging behind other Health Service posts and private sector (by a significant margin).

    Cons

    Some lack of direction and increasing pressure due to loss of key staff due to voluntary redundancy and failure to replace natural wastage. Pay is lagging behind other Health Service posts and private sector (by a significant margin).

    Advice to Management

    Look to fill posts promptly.


  7. "Lacking purpose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Flexitime and work from home are encouraged. Nice people. Most jobs are not long hours. Opportunity to work on interesting policy areas.

    Cons

    Management are entirely focused on pleasing their bosses. They are willing to compromise on the national interest in order to look good in front of superiors. They are afraid to speak up, and as a result bad policies go on and on.

    The department is very removed from the heath system. Organisations like the NHS and public health england operate independently. The department follows their lead, and is not very influential. Most people in DH feel like they are not able to change anything, and are quite downbeat. There is a lot of pointless paper pushing.

    Advice to Management

    Try to 'see the bigger picture'. Dont mindlessly do what you think will please your boss, but think about the wider impact you could have on the health system and the country.

  8. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    Prioritise your development
    Friendly culture
    Mix of different people

    Cons

    Commissioned work far from making an impact

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing


  9. "Flexible Working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Department of Health UK full-time

    Pros

    The staff are all very friendly and it is easy for working flexibly.

    Cons

    Can be slow at times - it is the civil service.


  10. "Secure, good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Department is very accommodating to work life balance, really interesting challenges, amazing opportunity to help the public

    Cons

    Things can be very slow, confusing landscape to deliver things


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