Overall Reviews at NHS
Technologist | Freeman, SD | Apr 30, 2019
On paper a typical day as a Rehabilitation Engineer is very rewarding. You will design and build simple and complex equipment to solve the unique needs of disabled people. You will visit people in the community all over the north of England to help give them the same quality of life as non-disabled people.
In practice very little happens, so you will be stuck in the office doing paperwork disproportionate to the risks and hazards presented by the equipment. In my opinion, as an experienced external hire, there is a lack of suitably qualified AND experienced engineers, which means most designs are quite bad, and in some cases dangerous.
Unfortunately these people are often in positions to approve or reject your designs. There is a poor workplace culture, and questions are often taken as personal assaults.
Even when working on life support equipment, many Technologists and Scientists will respond to questions with phrases such as "because I've been here longer and I know what I'm doing", or "because its worked in the past". This means you often have to accept design changes you do not fully understand, and you often suspect your colleagues do not understand.
The pay is quite poor for an engineer, you will be on Band 6, which is £27k to £36k. If you can do this job, you can do many other jobs where the pay is much better.
There is no professional development unless you join 'IPEM' which is not very relevant if you ever leave the healthcare industry.
Medical Secretary | Airedale, KY | Mar 12, 2020
Very busy and stressful work environment but at the same time extremely rewarding
As a medical secretary we always had things to do and were constantly trying to catch up with the backlog that had developed due to new work colleagues joining the team. Unfortunately, it did create a work environment where people had large burdens to carry. The secretaries in my department are amazing and have a very good work ethic but the job is not for the faint of heart.
This differed greatly to how it was within the dietetic department who also had a large amount of work to do, but the staff's attitudes were completely different and their kindness and compassion encouraged everyone to give 100% and to help everyone else in any way that they could but with a smile on their face and a light atmosphere in the office.
ProsEH&W is available to anyone for free
ConsTravel expenses were extremely high since I do not drive
Secretary | Coxheath, AL | Apr 24, 2019
Very busy but interesting work
I worked for about 7 years with a busy full time consultant. Someone who always appreciated my work as having worked in Corporate law for quite a number of years I somehow managed to integrate the skills learnt in managing busy lawyers to manage this busy consultant. It was a lot of work but because I enjoyed the job and enjoyed working for the doctor I worked for my time in the office seemed to fly. I did not get much help when I was 'snowed under' as the others were also quite busy. She then retired and I was offered the position of PA to the Lead Clinician.
Just prior to my retirement there were constant changes in work procedures, lots of changes happening on a weekly basis. Moral in the department became low. Even though I enjoyed the work, it was not so easy to work well.
ConsToo many changes in management and in work procedures
House Manager | Trevose, PA | Nov 6, 2018
To enhance my educational and professional skills in a stable and dynamic workplace.
Has the ability to listen actively when spoken to and effectively communicate their thoughts
to others. Is sensitive to religious, ethnic and cultural differences in others and show respect
and empathy. Is able to work alone but also as a team with fellow staff in the business
setting and actively seek out advice and/or guidance in order to solve problems. The
Candidate will have good time management skills and actively seek to accomplish tasks and
be able to use a variety of methods and ideas to solve problems; whilst also being open to
suggestions from others in order to find solutions.
Clinician | Philadelphia, PA | Sep 29, 2019
First job out of grad school
I have been working for Merakey (formerly NHS) for almost 4 years now. I have enjoyed it thoroughly, however it is a very mixed bag. Income can be inconsistent due to fee for service model as a therapist, combined with an often low client show rate can lead to frustration and burnout at times. It has worked out well enough for me, however my experience is not monolithic. My supervisors across my time working there have all been magnificent and I credit a lot of my own professional growth to them and their guidance.
ProsMake your own schedule
Manager | Coraopolis, PA | May 24, 2019
Good employees not always rewarded
I was an employee for 10+ years. As new company took over I watched great managers be fired or forced to quit over things that were not founded. These were all managers that had 10+ years and some 15+. It was sad that it seemed as if the consistent care of the residents served did not matter as they one by one eliminated positions. Very sad. It was then done to me. The job was ultra rewarding. Working with great staff and clients as well as clients families. However the upper administrators do not care. If they want to eliminate your position, they will.
Program Specialist | DuBois, PA | Aug 14, 2018
the place was a death sentence for a lot of good people.
I drove on my job 30-40k miles a year. the more you do the more they ask. management was awful. my supervisor was going through a difficult divorce and I heard about it everyday. The director fired 34 TFC families up in my area and 37 more at the main office. He bullied my supervisor and was disliked by everyone. There was no training that you could use. Read off the teleprompter or we went online, which was down every week and many people could not reach the sites.
ProsI didn't have to work in the main office.
ConsToo much driving everyday.
Senior IT Consultant | Edinburgh, IN | Sep 16, 2019
Public Sector Health Service
The National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland was a public body responsible for primary and tertiary healthcare.
As a public sector body the working environment was challenging at times. Main areas of concern were around bureaucracy, lack of funding and poor working environment.
Technically however the work was extremely satisfying as we were operating at the cutting edge. Tremendous job satisfaction as well as our work had a direct impact on patients lives.
Administrative Assistant | Ipswich, MA | May 30, 2018
working in a hospital is rewarding, but the underpaid staff feel neglected
NHS is a beautiful and amazing system and it would be a tragedy if anything every happened to it. people need to appreciate what they have. speaking as an american who has first hand experience in Americas private health insurance system, it is dreadful. appreciate all nhs workers and support them
Prosgreat coworkers, strong motive, team
Consshort breaks, staff moral low, not enough staff, long hours
Nursing Assistant | Joplin, MO | Feb 6, 2020
Love the bosses all of them if u do ur job well u will have a good understanding partnership here
Its a great place to work good management they help and friendly staff great residents and the best staffed nursing home ive worked at yet!! Place is organized which is helpful supplies needed to perform the job are always available. Staff cares and it is clean smells good all departments are reaching goals daily. Good location in joplin