Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Employee Reviews

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Good place to work
Early Years Practitioner (Current Employee) –  Sunderlam25 November 2018
Good values good work ethic from dedicated staff working in 0-19 can be challenging but good support from management with day to day working, good home/work life balance
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Agile working
Cons
Car parking
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3.0
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More managers than ground floor staff
Secretary/PA (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire23 May 2018
More managers than ground floor staff, over worked with little rewards. The workplace is managed in chaos. However, it is a reliable job with a good pension. Very little room for progression.
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Good pension, reliable salary
Cons
Chaotic, too many managers and not enough staff
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Great department wth excellent team work approach
Sister (Current Employee) –  Emergency Department9 February 2018
I have worked for HDH since 2002. It has always been a great hospital to work for. After working for the trust as a CSW for 3 years the hospital sponsored me to train to be a registered nurse. I am now an experienced Sister at the trust and have never looked back.
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Poor parking facilities
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Good experience
Nutritional Assistant (Former Employee) –  Harrogate20 August 2016
Loads of work to be done with high turnover of patients. You miss your break time as there is limited flexibility so this means you can work for 8hrs without taking a break
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A caring, hospitable and enjoyable workplace
Mealtime Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Harrogate12 January 2013
In a typical shift, I would arrive at the hospital and immediately sign myself in and get to the ward. I then meet the nursing staff and receive instructions from the nutritional assistant on the ward. I then proceed to assist patients choosing their meals on the cards and return to distribute the meals to the patients. Once all the patients have been given their meals, I then return to the nutritional assistant to be advised of the patients which require assistance with feeding and any dietary requirements that must adhered to. I firstly assist the patient who requires the most assistance and make sure that they eat as much as possible through positive encouragement, that they are not distressed and they feel comfortable enough to inform me if they have any preferences on the service of the food and communicate any distress.

Once the patient has had a sufficient amount of food for their diet I then proceed to complete their patient food chart diary, enlisting the type and quantity of food and drink the patient consumed. From this, I learn a great deal about communication, empathy in particular with patients, but also team work through collaborating actions with the rest of the ward nursing team and listening skills from listening to and carrying out instructions from the nutritional assistant on the ward. Time management is another skill which comes hand in hand with the role as it is import to distribute time effective across the ward to ensure all patients are given the appropriate attention and support.

The management of the ward is performed very effectively and always
  more... ensures a smooth running of operations. As co-workers, the nursing team is an essential and elite workforce with plenty of experience to offer to the hospital and are a pleasure to work around. The hardest part of the job is remaining completely impartial and emotionally detached from patients even when they may be being unnecessarily poorly behaved. However, the most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfying and rewarding feeling obtained from helping people and knowing that you made a difference, no matter how small, to their lives.  less
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extremely rewarding
Cons
not all patients are as receptive to care than others and some can give verbal abuse
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