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GP practice manager GP surgery manager

GP practice managers run the business side of doctors' surgeries and health centres.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £21,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but you'll need experience in:

  • administration or management
  • a health or social care setting
  • accounts
  • 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

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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