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Royal Free NHS Reviews

Updated 28 December 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Free NHS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    • Career progressions with lots of opportunities
    • In-house and external Training
    • Flexible working
    • Working from Home

    Cons

    - Relocation of admin offices to Enfield


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A
    Current Employee - N/A
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly, after four years of working here, I cannot think of any positives.

    Cons

    Always short staffed, management never chip in to help, ridiculously high levels of bullying and harassment (a lot of which go unreported as management do not support you), serious lack of support from management, absolutely no recognition or appreciation for the amount of work you do, lack of communication between wards/departments, absolutely zero work/life balance, minimal flexibility, no training provided, do not live up to their 'world class values'.

    Advice to Management

    Actually support your staff.

  3. "Clinical Trials Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Free NHS part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and very relaxed environment

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great


  4. "Doctor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist Nurse"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Exploiting staff on wards"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Avoid working here."

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    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in London, England
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in London, England
    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.