I have been working at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence full-time (More than 3 years)
Working as a health economist in the guidelines department is fantastic. Endless series of research projects, good amount of time to build detail models that directly inform NHS policy and better paying, more secure contracts than academia.
Same resource constraints as everywhere in the NHS. Difficult to progress into senior management but progression from analyst to middle management is pretty frequent.
Advice to Management
My advice to the management would be to stand behind our methods.
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Manchester, England) in March 2014.
Scenario assessment and panel interview. The panel Chair was a pleasure to deal with. The one clinician on the panel demonstrated behaviors that on reflection I decided I did not want to work with. The questions were pretty standard except one sub set of two that required domain specific clinical answers. The advertisement and the job description did not reflect these requirements in any way, shape or form, yet I got through the sift. When I challenged this, what I heard was that this knowledge would be needed. I simply could not understand this fundamental misalignment and I found the whole experience rather concerning.
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