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Department of Health UK Employee Reviews about "civil service"

Updated Apr 23, 2019

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Department of Health UK CEO Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt
9 Ratings
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  • "Really varied management practices and too much trendy speak from the senior management and discussion about strategy leading to little or no action(in 3 reviews)

  • "Can be slow at times - it is the civil service(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Never a dull day"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Supportive flexible working practices Interesting and varied work Great colleagues Good career opportunities within health and across the Civil Service

    Cons

    Not one of the higher paying government departments

    Department of Health UK2019-04-23
  2. "Flexible Working"

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    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.

    Department of Health UK2018-02-20
  3. "Interesting and important work"

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    Policy Adviser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department of Health UK

    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

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    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.

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    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.

    Department of Health UK2016-08-29
  4. "Too much 'Yes Minister' not enough Digital Age thinking"

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    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Department of Health UK for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Steady, stable, regular and routine, if that environment works for you. Good public sector work package with good optional extras in terms of civil service pensions, clubs and societies. The structure and hierarchy are very clearly defined as are the business processes. Good exposure to how government works and opportunities to get involved at Ministerial and parliamentary level. Good opportunities to move between... government departments and for writing policy. Excellent career opportunities and fast track to senior management through the fast stream. Good job security (no matter how poorly you perform) if you can cope with the 3 yearly re-organisation and applying for your own (or another) job, very rare that there are compulsory redundancies.

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    Cons

    Rigid, bureaucratic, hierarchical and lacking in autonomy, self direction or respect for skills and experience for most staff. A few years ago DH decided it needed to be more like the private sector, however the wrong lessons were learned and the values of public sector service were lost along the way including long term benefits to the public, developing staff and respecting capability at all levels. The fast... stream 'senior managers of the future' are brought in on a promise of fast progression to the senior civil service which means that the organisation is full of senior managers more interested in building their own careers and manoeuvring for key positions than managing and supporting their teams and delivering meaningful public services. Career opportunities and development for staff not in the fast stream are limited. The lack of focus on changing behaviours towards working collaboratively across the organisation and with end users and delivery partners to deliver a world class, responsive, flexible and up to date public sector has meant that the department hasn't progressed in the way it thinks since it's inception. The lack of autonomy and hierarchical decision making discourages staff from initiating innovation and thus the same old ways continue on whilst the rest of the world moves forward. For progressive, creative and dynamic individuals this environment would be stifling. If the answer to the question "Why do you do it this way?" - "Because we have always done it this way." seems perfectly reasonable, then this is the organisation for you.

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    Advice to Management

    Recruiting for public sector values, promoting from within the ranks rather than fast stream, invest in coaching and mentoring rather than just online learning for staff development. Review your staff and what more they could do to build a flexible and responsive organisation if you gave them to freedom to innovate and autonomy to deliver.

    Department of Health UK2016-06-10
  5. "Important, interesting work, good training but hindered by bureaucracy and Politics"

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

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

    Department of Health UK2015-04-19
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