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Royal Free NHS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2018
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  1. "Senior matron"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lon, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lon, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Investing in people, committed organisation dealing with discrimination,valuing and good identifying talent

    Cons

    I can't think of anything very happy

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with good work -- leadership courses


  2. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time

    Pros

    good people, great management, recommend

    Cons

    bigger pharmacy and more organised

  3. "Doctor"

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

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time

    Pros

    Good environment and great location

    Cons

    Unattractive building and can be fairly disorganised


  4. "Specialist Nurse"

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

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time

    Pros

    Good relationships with middle tiered staff

    Cons

    Dififcult management, massive disconnect between sites. Lack of care for staff


  5. "Exploiting staff on wards"

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    Former Employee - RN Staff Nurse
    Former Employee - RN Staff Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not that I can think of any.

    Cons

    Staff works 12.5-13 hours a day and is only paid for 10.45. You are technically given 1 breakfast break of 30 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes lunch break. Wards are severely short staffed that you can't possibly take 1 hour and 45 minutes break. Management is well aware of it, and yet chooses to exploit people. Because shifts of 10.45 hours equal 14 shifts every 4/52 and not 12 or 13 shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect to retain workers if you are not honest and you don't respect people.


  6. "Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, you'll be surrounded by people who are willing to help. Most of the time the behaviour of fellow colleagues lives up to the world class care values. Good location - proximity to Hampstead Heath means you can go for a walk on the heath at lunch. Training programmes offered in medical terminology, time management and the Step up to Lead programme.

    Cons

    The workload can be overwhelming - the Trust is under-resourced and so when colleagues leave there is a tendency to try and make others absorb that workload.
    Work/Life balance can be disproportionate - in my department there is an office culture of working longer hours without overtime pay.


  7. "Good trust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team spirit in wards

    Cons

    None I can think of at the moment

  8. "My personal experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS full-time

    Pros

    expert and knowledgeable colleagues as well as understanding manager

    Cons

    high expetectations still expected despite low staffing levels and stress of workload

    Advice to Management

    readjust targets according to staff levels, unnecessary stress can be a terrible burden for staff


  9. "Avoid working here."

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

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is close to home.

    Cons

    Shift Hours are 10.45 so we have to work more shifts in a year, than colleagues who work 11.5 hours to get the same pay. We get extended unpaid breaks whilst other colleagues get paid breaks. So it compromises patient safety. Wards are permanent short staffed. Bank shift are pointless at Barnet and Chase Farm as unless it is a bank holiday, you only get a £1 more an hour than your normal shift if you are a mid level or senior level band 5 Nurse.

    Advice to Management

    Change the hours back to 11.5hrs. Listen to staff suggestions.


  10. "Highly political organisation - bullying culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues and teams
    Prestigious brand for CV
    New facilities

    Cons

    Bullying culture
    Managers held to account for system issues which cannot be solved alone
    Highly political - dog eat dog

    Advice to Management

    Look after your middle managers otherwise they will continue to leave
    Stop having unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved by when
    Start saying no to CCGs and NHS England
    Involve senior doctors and nurses to make changes rather than top down dictation


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