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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust UK Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "A great plave to work"

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    Former Contractor - Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in working schedule, friendly atmosphere to work

    Cons

    Under-Investment in IT infrastructure, Bureaucratic organizational structure

    Advice to Management

    Invet more in up to date IT infrastructure


  2. "Liars and fakers"

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

    I worked at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Usual NHS benefits, AMT stand, M&S on-site - although prices are jacked up.

    Cons

    I worked in a small team, and when you were in, you were in, but as soon as your face no longer fitted, you get booted one way or another. Selective memory by line manager and she did everything within her power - which was a lot - to set you up for a fall if you were on the skids. Worked like a dog for no thanks, no reward, and no consideration.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Actually follow through on promises or don't make them. Don't play favourites, be fair, and stop covering up bad behaviour by some while vilifying others.

  3. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Waterlooville, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Waterlooville, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly organisation, good at communicating and sharing updates with staff. Excellent staff benefits and transport links

    Cons

    Old building which requires estates improvement in places

    Advice to Management

    Use managers to focus on the bigger picture when dealing with long term change and operational problems. Front line staff should focus on day to day duties, allowing management time to develop, change and improve service delivery. Otherwise everything stays the same and services are reactionary not visionary if too many people become involved


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Staff Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Maternity pay, sick pay, off, flexibility

    Cons

    Not subsidised Nursery, low salary


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    "Low Pay but job is fulfilling"

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fulfilling, great work environment in terms of support and teamwork

    Cons

    Salary is barely enough for a family so overtime shifts are a must.

    Advice to Management

    It's the NHS.


  6. "Nice place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust part-time

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, managers are very helpful and there are a lot of benefits working for the NHS too

    Cons

    very busy place to work

    Advice to Management

    motivational rewards would motivate members of staff!


  7. "A Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Second to none in terms of caring staff
    -Marks and spencer food store in hospital
    -Open and honest compared with other trusts

    Cons

    Like all NHS Trusts
    - Budget cut impacting on care delivery- Nurse numbers etc
    -Management prioritise targets over staff wellbeing -over the years you feel less valued by the trust and more like a resource.
    -previous years over-reliance on overseas nursing recruitment (Ireland, Portugal Spain) has lead to high staff attrition to London and Oxford as they gain experience and move on. This leads to high agency requirement.
    -Parking terrible for staff and visitors alike.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. The NHS is a failing system. RBH isn't a terrible place to work but this winter with staff shortages as they are and a refusal to staff the GP unit with its own staff, the next 5 months will be hell.

  8. "Pleasant hospital to work in but consistently issues make work grueling."

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    Current Employee - Specialist Registrar in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Specialist Registrar in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The facilities of the hospital (including a good AMT coffee shop and an M&S) and it's location (close to central Reading) make this a pleasant place to work. The medical and nursing staff are all hard working and there is a good camaraderie present.

    Cons

    Constant issues include missing notes (making doing the job extremely difficult and potentially unsafe), some worn out facilities and difficult parking. Waiting to leave work for 30 mins to get out of the carpark at the end of the day isn't much fun.

    Advice to Management

    - Fix the issues with notes going missing. The end result of what might happen when patients are treated without notes will cost you a lot more.

    - More engagement with front line staff - I never see management, they don't come to our departmental meetings, they don't seem to have a forum for listening to the staff. This divorced style of management is a mistake and a lot of the problems in the trust could be improved by increased engagement. This is not simply by sending out emails where the CEO is referred to by her first name (deeply unprofessional in my view)

    - Further efforts to establish a hospital identity to make staff feel valued. This would come from management engagement by making the frontline staff feel connected to the overall goals of the trust. This isn't a case of buzzwords at induction but keeping the staff informed about what the current goals and issues are.


  9. "Hard.. very very hard... Testosterone driven and harsh."

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic and complex...
    Amazing people

    Cons

    if you are in you a e in... the fall from grace can be immediate and irredeemable.

    Advice to Management

    listen


  10. "Great place ... Great people"

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    Current Employee - Foundation Year II Doctor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Foundation Year II Doctor in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic range of specialties in a city nearby to everywhere. The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest general hospital foundation trusts in the country. They provide acute medical and surgical services to Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire and specialist services to a wider population across Berkshire and its borders.
    All in a day's work:
    16 babies born
    106 emergency admissions
    208 patients seen in A&E
    65 operations carried out
    790 radiology procedures
    2,500 meals cooked
    £7,000 spent on repairs and maintenance.

    Cons

    It is a large hospital which means a lot of walking (good for some)! Does not have sub-specialties like Neurosurgery, Paediatric surgery, Paediatric ITU and Hepatobiliary surgery.


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