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A very busy but productive organisation.Be prepared to stand and walk a lot.Working with a good team makes the work easier.There is also room for career progression.
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Security guard

You will definitely learn alot from the job. Everyday is unique and different. The expectations of a security officer is somewhat confusing. It can be argued that you work outside of the remit of a security licensed personnel. For this reason the job comes with risks out of your control. You cannot challenge the status quo. You are there to do the hospitals bidding and restrain patients. If later that restraint was deemed unlawful you will likely loose you're sia license. If you raise you're concerns around the use of restraint - you will be told you are at the clients disposal. It's company policy not to deal with violence and aggression. So when situations goes to court the company can deny liability and its down to you to defend you're own actions.
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Made to feel incredibly small. Thrown in at the deep end then pulled in to meetings to be ripped apart. Majority of the staff only thought about themselves. Very clicky work place. No support regarding mental health regardless if staff or patient related. Patients left without updates. Certain staff not completing jobs but not being reprimanded for it. Manager has no time for time. Staff have no time to teach new workers on ward. Not enough equipment, not enough relevant training just blanket training to cover entire trust. I was really excited to work here and hoped to progress my career to being a nurse but working at this place has now taken me out of care completely to the point I no longer want to work in the industry which is a shame because the patients I did support were always really happy.


Free coffee when doctors went on strike (a lot)


Staff, management, no compassion etc
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Supportive team, good development opportunities

Despite the usual challenges of working in the NHS, the Trust is a good place to work and there are opportunities to develop here. For such a large organisation, there is a real sense of team work.
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Productive and excellent care

Working in Southampton General Hospital has been great in terms of excellent patient care and Innovative practices. The only negative thing has been the severely understaffed medical and nursing team which leads them to prioritise patients needing urgent care most, leaving some patients waiting in corridors for hours.
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Insights into University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Based on 34 survey responses
What people like
  • Support from manager
  • Supportive environment
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Energising work tasks
  • General feeling of work happiness
  • Sense of belonging


Have worked at this hospital for the past 11 years. The best thing I do now is keep my expectations very very low and then I will always be pleasantly surprised.




Lack of staff
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work with so many different people

Enjoyed being able to collaborate and work with so many different healthcare professionals across the hospital . Every day was different and always something new to learn.
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Welcoming and Friendly Workplace, High Pressure and Workload

Working at UHS is incredibly welcoming and friendly place to work - everyone is very welcoming, and management within my department are very proactive, caring, and quick to support you when necessary. One downside, and a major one, is the workload. In my role, I have been responsible for multiple projects as one time - more as a project manager than an officer. The work I do is equivalent to multiple full-time equivalents, all for a relatively low banding. This is not the fault of UHS, the pay rates are set by the UK Government, but it can be a bit demoralising upon reflection. Strongly recommend UHS as a place to work, but whilst the NHS is in the midst of a staffing crisis, it can make it very difficult
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There was systematised bullying that HR continue to try to mitigate and minimise.

What is the best part of working at the company?High level of clinical expertise What is the most stressful part about working at the company?High level of politics and internal cliques. Patient first, staff last. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Highly critical and mechanical. What is a typical day like for you at the company?A random mixture of regret and despair underlying moments of fear and frustration.
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Was good experience to work in such large team with a lot experience ahead me .But was bit had for work mum.As was struggling with childcare. But new manager she was so understanding very polite with me most of time.


Free tea


Long hours
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I have been a NQN for the last 4 month, I have been welcomed into the ward with open arms. My manager is kind and compassionate along with making sure any issues are resolved. Working for the NHS has its pay disadvantages but good pension. Southampton Children Hospital has many different opportunities which I am looking forward to take part in.


Support, team days out, preceptorship programme


Pay (Govenment decide this :()
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Good place to work

Flexible working patterns, family friendly policies. Friendly team. Could do with managers keeping a closer eye on productivity! Found the different rules for different people difficult at times.
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It’s okay

I think the main issue is the management , especially depending in which division you are located in. I think that the management doesn’t care about what the people want and this is why people leave continually


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The job is great BUT

Higher up management are making questionable descisions. You can get your contract cancelled easily if the funding is withdrawn with almost 0 support to your position search.
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Bullying environment

Bullying environment within admin, very stressful and poor management leadership or ability to resolve staffing issues. Staff turnover high as staff unhappy
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Challenging but rewarding

I love working at UHS. No day is the same. they are 12 hour shifts, however you get like 4 days off in the week so you get a very good social/ worklife balance. The only downside I would say, is the pay. For what we do when we are short staffed, we do not get paid enough.
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Lovely staff, not the best work life balance

They have a good pension scheme and lots of opportunities to gain qualifications and progress in your career however the pay does not reflect the work you actually have to do (particularly for the lower bands) and I personally found the constant switching from nights to long days was not suitable for my life with young children and they were not flexible enough to offer me days only. Staff were all lovely and felt supported in my work.
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Fantastic place to work

Great place to work with lots of opportunities for progression. I worked there for 6 years already and love the fast paced environment coupled with supportive colleagues.


Opportunities, fast paced, flexible shifts, pay enhance for certain shifts


Stressful, hectic
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Fine if your face fits and you dont think for yourself

If your face fits then your fine but if you have independent thought they will find a way to get you out. In my case made up stories and made it impossible to stay.


Dishonest management.
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As with any hospital. It’s busy. There’s often not enough staff.

A busy city hospital. I’ve worked in numerous departments. In general the culture is good and people enjoy their job and find it rewarding. Some places you get the vibe that people don’t want to be there, but it’s mostly positive. Care is of good quality and patient focused


Flexibility to work in other areas (if you join the bank), good support when I had difficulties facilitating moves to other departments.


Long hours, often short of a few staff, but I think that’s the case across the NHS sadly
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Fast paced work in a fast paced environment

Loved working here but clearly a divide between bands which is unfair when lower paid workers do just as much work.Some staff get seriously overlooked due to not being higher up in theatres.


Not really any


Long hours
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Based on 74 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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