Generally a good bunch of people at the NHS and my role as a researcher was always quite enjoyable and had enough flexibility built into it to allow me to work across departments, change location etc.
Lack of staff! Government cuts have meant serious resourcing issues in a number of NHS departments. Booking holidays is a nightmare due to such crazy shortages of people (even if you're looking to book 6 months in advance). The lack of employees isn't helped by some fairly useless management (in a number of different locations across the country). This obviously has an impact on staff morale! I should moan about the pay too, but to be honest, it's obvious that public sector workers these days are getting the benefits they once had.
The NHS itself (as an organisation) is a fairly unusual beast. So many positives, so many negatives, huge staff shortages (but still 100s of 1000s of employees). It's unusual and miraculous that it all seems to function.
The flexible working patterns are great You are working at something really worthwhile, and can really make a difference to people I like the role I have which has diverse responsibilities and involves tasks which are about strategy as well as tasks that help things run on a day to day basis.
We have some stupid deadlines And it is never made fully clear what our direction and goals are, so we can fall between two stools because of conflicting priorities Line managers need a development programme
It's unusual to have our goals made crystal clear!
Hospitals are like a very large family.
Unusual is the norm!
One of the few companies in the healthcare industry where in most locations you can be more or less assured you're not going to get sacked. This is a great plus point in the current economy, and can mean a world of difference to your lifestyle and health.
This comes at a cost of zero-growth. There are literally no opportunities to progress with NHS. While the company is growing, they are saving costs buy underpaying staff at times, and not hiring new recruits to fill positions left vacant, this can contribute to a lot of on-the-job stress.