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Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "Staff nurse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Edgware, England (UK)
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in Edgware, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of training opportunities for new and old staff.

    Cons

    Always short of staff but I think it is everywhere not only at the free.


  2. "A good hospital being let down"

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    Former Employee - Specialist Nurse in Enfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Specialist Nurse in Enfield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My team was excellent. They're the only reason I stuck it out so long.

    Cons

    Appalling management on every level. Patient care non existant if you're to follow the plan management set you. Couldn't work like that. I worked at Barnet Hospital and it was good until the Royal Free took over. The chief executive...David Sloman...is an abominable human being. He comes across as good and caring. This is a front. When you work in a trust you get to find out the truth and he's an appalling man.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Let the nurses and doctors do their jobs and stop only looking at your budgets

  3. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment in office

    Cons

    can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  4. "Dr"

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    Current Employee - Doctor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Doctor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    welcoming and good learning and envirment friendly

    Cons

    understaff and patient turn over more as compared to capacitiy

    Advice to Management

    improve quantity of staff


  5. "Culture fix needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clearly very dedicated clinical staff in evidence

    Cons

    At a senior level there is a entrenched hierarchy that means strategic discussion is superficial and top-down, bullying and unfriendly senior management and a distinct lack of talent in at least one of the team

    Advice to Management

    Look hard at your personal all and the improve on staff and patient care


  6. "poor resourcing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    access to NHS services
    pension
    redundancy package

    Cons

    poor resourcing so workload high
    unethical working practices
    poor base pay with no variable pay
    poor reward structure which rewards presenteeism and years of experience rather than performance


  7. "excellent"

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    Current Employee - Staffnurse in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staffnurse in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good career progression for entry level

    Cons

    long hours, nights and weekends , lack of career procession after band 6. no benefits.
    Nil support for CPD courses.

  8. "Royal Free Finance"

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Royal Free NHS as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great reputation in NHS with plenty of working flexibility

    Cons

    Very limited training offered to employees


  9. "good job"

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    Current Employee - Emergency Department Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Emergency Department Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    decent pay and work culture

    Cons

    long hours, not fully flexible.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic location
    - Employment benefits - holiday entitlement, pension
    - Being part of the NHS

    Cons

    -Job interview points system is seriously flawed and easily manipulated, ie. points are 'found' for preferred candidates (frequently panels of friends interviewing friends)
    -Can be very cliquey
    -Staff do feel overworked and under pressure and morale is suffering. As a result some staff don't pull their weight leaving others to pick up the slack
    -Constant efficiency savings often counter-productive and the creation of new lower-band roles means fewer and fewer experienced staff who actually know what they're supposed to be doing and how to do it
    -Middle managers (career managers) with low rent management qualifications and zero clinical experience spouting empty management-speak. Often humourless and wholly ineffective. Most likely would be reduced to making the tea if employed in the private sector
    -Rubbish staff facilities (cafe, coffee shops, staffrooms)
    -Oversized trust. RFH, BH, and CFH are miles apart on numerous levels. No patient in any of the three catchment areas see them as one cohesive unit so why do managers insist on staff doing so?
    -Policy and PR champions culture of candour, openness and honesty but actual practice discourages the very same

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time on the actual frontline doing the grunt-work before swooping in with your grand ideas that just don't work and actually cost the trust more money in the long run.
    Sort out the lifts
    Install subsidised staff-refreshment facilities halfway up the building somewhere (maybe the 5th or 6th floor) for the hundreds of staff spending all day on their feet with long shifts and short breaks


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