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Fast work environment

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If you enjoy fast, varied work then this is for you. Be prepared to get moved from ward to ward at last minute. Lots of quick turn over with patients as demand very high.

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Long hours, getting moved regularly, low pay
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Poor management

I really enjoyed his job but I was unfortunate enough to have a poor manager who did not value her staff. She would get quite angry and shout at people a lot. That aside the job was enjoyable and the work was interesting. With a different manager things would’ve been much better sadly I lost this job through redundancy
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Fair Work Place

Good place to work, it has fair management. Take being off work for sickness well. It has very good pay rates especially on a weekend. Would recommend to work here :)
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Admin

No respect from management, do not follow the policy and procedures only when it suits them, morale is very low in my department, new interim manager that has made changes which was not discussed with staff, waiting to be redeployed within the trust, not through my choice, that’s 15yrs loyalty for you! Would not recommend staff to work at Medway.
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Lack of respect for staff

All staff working under horrendous stressed conditions, staff leaving and not being replaced. Management expanding despite vacancies not being advertised, “who you know not what you know”, with no management skills or knowledge to regulations, expected to work in more than one department

Pros

Canters food

Cons

Long hours, management lack of respect for staff
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Extremely stressful, badly managed, chaotic environment. The issues are listened but not actioned. Staff moral is almost zero with no motivation in place. Everyone is pushed to their limits.
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Watch your backs

Clinical workers & services people are fantastic. Problems lie with the people running the NHS. Bullying, no compassion for the Doctors, nurses, porters etc who all work extremely hard

Pros

None

Cons

Management
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Great team spirit

Current role is very busy, everyone I speak to is willing to assist and all very polite. Great atmosphere to be working in. Typical busy Hospital environment
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Good experience

lots to learn, good experience on dealing with with people on a regular basis. learn to be proactive, the staff are quite friendly (though not all the time)

Pros

Atmosphere

Cons

Busy
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Applying for a job here = big mistake

Bullying...huge issue. If the bully is a higher grade than you then there is no chance of a fair hearing or any kind of help. if the bully is the same grade the previous comment applies, and if the bully is a lower grade the previous comment also applies. Management....pure joke. Management positions increase whilst all other roles decrease and those left are run in to the ground Advancement...forget it. If you have an illness, even if it comes under the DDA ....forget it, you won't get any help and will be penalised for being Ill. There are over 500 policies/process guides..... but they mean absolutely nothing, purely a tick box exercise for the benefit of the PC brigade. Working at the hospital was the worst decision I ever made.

Pros

None.

Cons

See review. And have a chat with someone that works at the hospital.
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Workplace

No chance of progression regardless of how hard you work, lack of support from management, no cover when you take time off, huge backlog of workloads, insufficient staff numbers...
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Don’t do it

Bullies, bullying managers. Poor support. Terrible working conditions. Poor pay for what is expected. Trying to get rid of all of their staff. Run far run fast

Pros

Colleagues are kind and become your friends quickly

Cons

Everything
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Ridiculously busy. Bad service for patients.

Such a busy hospital, putting staff under amazing stress. Some departments are very under staffed, and waiting times for some patients are unacceptable. Also in the hot weather some places in the hospital were unbearable to work in. Air conditioning desperately needed. Unfortunately not a pleasant place to be. Overall the Trust needs vast amounts of improvement.

Pros

Lovely food in the canteen. Really well organised volunteer section.

Cons

Too many to list
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Staffing and safety

Colleague are great people, but we all work under a great deal of pressure. Don’t feel that I am informed about new details, when needed and not kept up to date with things changing. Colleagues are so supportive

Pros

The patients

Cons

Not being informed regularly
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Medway NHS Foundation Trust

I believe the NHS provides a significant amount of security for any staff member who joins and this is what drew me to the job and the NHS. There is plenty of training available within the NHS which allows you to develop any new skills that you are interested in for the future or for your current job role. I have been working 12 hour shifts at a time which means I only complete 3 to 4 shifts a week allowing more family time on my days off. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with because the majority of staff are very friendly and very supportive within the workplace. The hardest part of the job is when you are the only member of staff with that job role in the department due to the fact there are other staff member relying on you for the jobs and it can get very very busy and overwhelming.
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Great Learning Experience

Given me plenty of opportunities to learn and progress however not a secure place to work. A day at work is very busy and productive, the atmosphere can sometimes be hectic

Pros

Pension

Cons

Job security
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Challenging at times but a great place to work

I have worked for the trust for 18 years and feel that it is time to move on. The Trust has been struggling over the past few years and I feel that this is having a negative effect on the remaining staff.

Pros

Great home / life work balance

Cons

Little support from management
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Hard working collegues

Everyone works hard to give best patient care. You can have 6 requests within the working month. Good varity of extra courses run to advance knowledge and skills.
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Poorly managed and no opportunities for development

I would not recommend working here if you have a disability as requests for reasonable adjustments are often ignored. There is a lack of flexibility in shift patterns and working hours. No funding is available for professional development and the learning and development team are unhelpful and disorganised. There is a culture of allowing failing managers and employees to stay in posts, leaving the rest of the staff to carry their workload without appreciation. Flexi and agency staff get paid much more than permanent staff and shoulder less responsibility. Loyalty is not valued in this trust and there's a huge culture of giving opportunities/promotions to favoured employees. There are very few people from ethnic minority backgrounds in senior nursing positions such as matron. The only pro of working here is the NHS pension and annual leave but it's often difficult to get annual leave when you want it.

Pros

Good annual leave, friendly support workers

Cons

lack of flexibility in working hours, no opportunities for professional development, poor mandatory training, covert discrimination.
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Cardiorespiratory is the best department

Cardiorespiratory is the best department in the whole hospital. All other Managers that run the hospital are no good and have no idea how the hospital should be run. If it was run by the managers in Cardiorespiratory the hospital would be a much better place overall.
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Happy place to work with fantastic support from management

So much to offer in so many fields, ability to develop and grow. I have worked here for 24 years in many departments. Meeting new people and assisting them at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable.

Pros

Pension

Cons

The way people talk to you sometimes
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