NHS Blood and Transplant Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2020

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3.8
77%
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NHS Blood and Transplant Chief Executive  Betsy Bassis
Betsy Bassis
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "I've always felt supported as a working Mum and the flexible working arrangements make working life smoother(in 11 reviews)

  • "I've experienced lots of opportunity for professional development since working at NHSBT, and feel like a valued member of the team(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are many great NHS organisations -this is not one of them(in 6 reviews)

  • "The salary isn't as good as when I worked in the private sector(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good professional development"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time

    Pros

    Designated training/ development oppurtunities available

    Cons

    None I can think of

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring purpose but lack flexibility"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist 

    I worked at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time

    Pros

    Being part of some important and fascinating work. Variety of the work from blood donor teams to transplant nurses.

    Cons

    National nature means a lot of travel if in a central role. Despite offering flexible employment options on application, they do not allow any non standard arrangements eg compressed hours. A lot of jobs given as temporary promotions which feel insecure for people in them and a questionable promotion process-right networks which work well if you are in them. Not sure the action always meets the talk.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely Bias and Racist Organisation"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to be tormented, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This is not the place to work if you are BAME. Organisation is extremely racist and does not treat BAME people fairly. HR policies are outdated and slow to change. Worst working experience of my life - I am forever traumatised by this experience.

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    NHS Blood and Transplant Response

    June 16, 2020

    I am extremely saddened to hear of your experience whilst working at NHSBT and would be very keen to speak with you personally to understand more. Clearly this is absolutely not the experience we would expect any colleague to have whilst working here and therefore I would be grateful if you could contact Gill Travis, Head of National Recruitment & Resourcing or Jazz Sehmi, Diversity & Inclusion Manager via HR Direct (at hrdirect@nhsbt.nhs.uk or on 0117 322 7700), Gill or Jazz will happy to speak with you and, if necessary, raise any concerns or issues you have with senior management.

  4. "Overall good"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Analyst in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good atmosphere -Good management -Annual leave time

    Cons

    -Job itself is sometime repetitive -Not a lot of forward thinking when I comes to technology -IT system awful

  5. "Great"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Technical Officer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, great people, fun place to work

    Cons

    Some tasks can be a bit boring

  6. "Overall good employer"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Team Leader 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pension scheme. Some good retail discounts. Some good development opportunities up to a certain level

    Cons

    Poor ethical culture and low emphasis on quality. Doesn't value employees or work to retain them

  7. "Chewed up and Spat/Burnt Out"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Band 8 Manager 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary/Holidays (if you have anytime to take them or spend any money)Pension (if you can last more than 2 years), interesting valuable work. Some talented people here.

    Cons

    Insane and unhealthy workload led to me working excessive hours. I was told at interview that the contracted hours were 37.5. I was working 50-60hrs per week, with no extra pay or recognition of this, working mostly without breaks. I wasn't the only manager in this situation. In my time at NHSBT I discovered a culture created by SMT that encourages this. It was a badge of honour to be seen to be working long hours. In my department there was substantial abuse of time keeping with team members having double the length of breaks a day and finishing early on Friday. I raised this within the first few months of joining NHSBT with my HOD my concern being operational effectiveness and efficiency, but no action was taken. This had been the way the department had operated since inception and that was the way it stayed. This prevented me delegating my tasks and led to a very unfair workload between managers and staff - in most weeks my calculated hourly rate of pay was less than my reports. In my department people were resistant to change , it had a very old school hierarchical feel to it. With many big egos in big ivory towers . Try challenging the top brass and you will feel the heat. You will be TARGETED and squeezed out of the organisation. It basically works like this; Your work becomes highly scrutinised with the tiniest of errors being recorded, collated and emailed to superiors. Actions become greater in number , reuiring more details and stricter deadlines being enforced. This leads to a huge increase to an already heavy workload. Work colleagues then stop responding to emails, phone calls and general chit chat. I was ignored, undermined and isolated. This will then sets up for failure and eventually resignation. It called performance managed out - and management team are exceptionally good at this. Note to reader - this is my experience only. NHSBT is a large organisation and generally well thought of organisation - but it aint perfect.

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    NHS Blood and Transplant Response

    January 28, 2020

    I'm extremely saddened to hear of your experience whilst working at NHSBT and would be very keen to meet with you personally to understand more. Clearly this is absolutely not the experience we would expect any colleague to have whilst working here and therefore I would be grateful if you could contact Gill Travis, Head of National Recruitment & Resourcing via HR Direct (at hrdirect@nhsbt.nhs.uk or on 0117 322 7700), Gill will happy to speak with you and, if necessary, raise any concerns or issues you have with senior management.

  8. "Has been good, going downhill."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some great people. Good purpose

    Cons

    Leadership shocking and getting worse.

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    NHS Blood and Transplant Response

    January 2, 2020

    Thank you for your comments. We are always concerned if staff are in any way unhappy with anything that impacts their employment and are sorry that you feel this way about the leadership/management at NHSBT. If you would like to discuss your concerns further please contact Gill Travis, Head of National Recruitment & Resourcing via HR Direct (at hrdirect@nhsbt.nhs.uk or on 0117 322 7700), Gill will happy to speak with you and, if necessary, raise any concerns or issues you have with senior management.

  9. "Positive & supportive workplace"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A 
    Recommends

    I have been working at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time

    Pros

    Each day is interesting and varying. Colleagues are both motivating and lovely to work with.

    Cons

    Not much socialising between departments.

  10. "It was ok"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthcare Technical Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NHS Blood and Transplant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive, Respectful, Communication, Technical competency, Problem solving

    Cons

    Hard to move up Work ethic Flexibility Willing to learn

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