GP practice manager GP surgery manager
GP practice managers run the business side of doctors' surgeries and health centres.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements but you'll need experience in:
- administration or management
- a health or social care setting
- personnel work or staff management
A qualification in practice management, like the Certificate/Diploma in Primary Care and Health Management, could also help.
2. Skills required
- excellent organisational skills
- the ability to lead, manage and motivate staff
- accounting and budgeting skills
- IT skills
3. What you'll do
You'll make sure the organisation runs efficiently and develop a business plan.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- recruiting, training and supervising medical receptionists and secretaries
- paying wages and making sure the practice meets financial targets
- organising duty rosters for doctors and clerical staff
- managing the reception and appointments system
- managing medical records systems
- controlling stocks of equipment, stationery and drugs
- arranging the building's cleaning, maintenance and security
- monitoring prescriptions
- handling confidential information
You'll also deal with outside organisations like clinical commissioning groups, other GP practices, patient groups and local authority social services departments.
Starter: £21,000 to £28,000
Experienced: £30,000 to £34,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000 to £50,000
These figures are from the NHS, pay at private practices may differ.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. You may work evenings or Saturday mornings.
You'll work at a GP surgery or health centre. If your practice includes more than one surgery, you'll travel between locations.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a partner (part-owner) of the practice.
You could move into healthcare management in hospitals, health authorities and NHS trusts, social services or private healthcare.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017