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"Creative Freedom, but suffers from Ingrained Bureaucracy"

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Current Employee - ICT Staff in Middlesbrough, England (UK)
Current Employee - ICT Staff in 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- Severely outdated computer software/hardware, with seemingly no intention to upgrade.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 Management

Working 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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  1. "Biomedical science"

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    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Scientist in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Scientist in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In some cases a feeling of satisfaction when doing the job well.
    variety of work if in a large pathology epartment.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    fight 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.


  2. "Should I stay or should I go?"

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    Current Employee - PCT Manager
    Current Employee - PCT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with clinicians to make a real difference for patients.
    The most wonderful feeling in a job in the NHS is when you capture that clinical passion for quality with your drive to succeed, and know that together you've genuinely changed something for the better. It's also fascinating learning about all the different clinical specialities.
    Tip: use the evidence base and ask practitioners for their views before you start. If you just go in with a set of slides full of management jargon and lots of targets with no explanation, saying "this is what you should do" unsurprisingly, you can actually see people's heels digging into the carpet.
    Respect people's knowledge, experience and values, and it's amazing what you can do despite political meddling.

    Cons

    It's getting harder and harder to do this (see above comment).
    Clinicians are getting more and more tired, not just with the avalanche of new 'must dos', but fewer people having to do more work over longer hours often for less money.
    Seeing endless reorganisations and wheel reinventions.
    Culture of bullying.

    Advice to Management

    If you died tomorrow, what would you like your staff to say about your line management?

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