Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Employee Reviews
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Love the job I do and the environment I’m in and feel very supported , only fault would be how long they take to process paper work , pay you after starting and getting you initially started. I was out of work for 4 months before actually getting shifts - and waited 5 months for my pay since having the job offer! (They should advise you more on keeping current jobs till a certain date)
Having worked at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital as a domestic assistant for 17 years, I have known how this place works, procedures and the way they do things. It's an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants job security if you're not bothered about the salary and with what's going on at the moment it's ideal.
Friendly staff, good management
Not great salary
Clinically, this is a great hospital and you would get a completely different review from someone in the clinical teams but the admin and operational management style is very hierarchical which frowns on empowerment and creates a blame culture. Also feels very top heavy management which is waste of resources.
Usual NHS benefits.
If you are a good fit to the culture you will go far. There are shift patterns dependent on role. There are multiple specialities to choose from. I learned how the culture works in a large, hierarchical institution, to work across systems and to be adaptable and flexible.
The manager & the deputy head Phlebotomist are so helpful, when I started I was so nervous about actually taking patients blood instead of a dummy arm. They didn’t rush me into it, they explained everything perfectly. Most importantly I picked it up quickly and I found talking to the patients whilst taking blood eased my nerves but also there’s to.
Planned fun things for the team to do together
Short hours fits nicely into my day
Management is good, they always keep to correct procedure. If you like a proper call centre environment where you are partitioned then this is not the place for you. Friendly and helpful staff/colleagues.
Teams arent close together which reduces learning of next level
good working environment and excellent patient care, i have enjoyed working in the multidisciplinary team and in house staff training opportunities, this is a respective organisation who focus of patient care and looking after their staff and patient relative and all outside agencies. they hardest part of the job is working long hours and , most times minimal engagement from the management. overall it is pleasant to work there
good team working
long working hours
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Long hours and always on your feet but doing the appranticeship with the trust gave me an insight into the workings on a hospital and made learning easier as a mixture of practical and academic. Both which suited me and also allowed everyone to be able to shine at something.
Enjoyable job. Some of the staff were very young and sometimes dismissive of bank staff, however, most were friendly. The communication from the managers was sometimes a bit muddled, but nothing that caused any problems.
On my start date my manager did not even know that I was starting, therefore complete lack of organisation. Was hardly given appropriate training, not shown what to do atall, made to feel like I was in the way. Loved the role of the job, could’ve seen myself really enjoying it. Was a shame about the management and way I was treated.
Some great staff mired by poor management, organisation and a non-existent understanding of how to run a kitchen at every level. Whilst the hours are excellent and the sick pay is a welcome financial crutch when you're Ill the workload is excessive for the wages.
I once worked as a theatre assistant at this hospital, and well, the staff were lovely to the patients, but awful to colleagues. There is sooo much to learn in being a theatre assistant too. More than i imagined! I wouldn't go back to doing that again. Plus the fact that annual leave had to be booked 12 months in advance to guarantee you'll get the time of you want.
Very busy day and must be able to cope with high stress levels. Have had a lot of training and learned lots of skills. Workplace is friendly but very busy the hardest part you never finish on time so be prepared to give and take, you always meet new people and staff are very supportive.
Good opportunities to progress
Not any if you're a hard worker
Whilst at the RD&E I was given an excellent opportunity. I started as an admin apprentice in January 2014 and by June 2014 I was a band 3 waiting list coordinator. I worked extremely hard to be noticed and the work paid off. In any work place you are not always going to agree with everyone's opinions and suggestions but it is extremely important that you remain professional at all times whilst at work and it is vital that you are able to compromise. The hardest part of this job was the ever increasing number of referrals our department was receiving but our capacity was staying the same. This resulted in patients waiting longer that they should of been for their procedures.
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