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Health service manager

Health service managers run local healthcare services such as hospitals, GP practices and community health services.

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £98,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 5% more Health service manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You could be responsible for controlling resources in a range of roles, like chief executive of a large hospital, or manager of a GP practice.

You could specialise in:

  • finance
  • human resources (HR)
  • project management
  • health informatics
  • facilities management and premises security

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • supervising staff 
  • dealing with the health service's day-to-day performance
  • writing reports and producing presentations
  • setting and managing budgets
  • making sure regulations are followed
  • working with clinical staff and other professionals

You'll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (grade A* to C) or equivalent.

You could start as a health service supervisor in the NHS, or by working your way up from an administrative or clinical role.

You can also get into this job through an NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

If you already have a degree, you may find it useful to take a postgraduate management course.

If you've worked in the private, public or voluntary sectors and have management experience, you can apply for health service manager roles in finance, purchasing or human resources.

£23,000 to £98,000

Starter salary: £23,000

Experienced salary: £26,000 to £41,000

These are figures a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work in a hospital, a GP clinic, for a clinical commissioning group or in a community health organisation. You'll usually work from 9am to 5pm. If you're working in a hospital, you may have to work shifts and be on-call for emergencies.

With experience, you could apply to become a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management, which will give you access to a range of professional development opportunities.

You'll increase your chances for career progression if you complete a specific higher level management qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA) or a diploma in management studies (DMS).

You could also apply for jobs at director or chief executive level.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • leadership and negotiating skills
  • budget and policy planning skills
  • the ability to recruit and supervise staff
  • contract management skills
  • excellent communication skills
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