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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,500 to £100,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

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 could also work your way up through an apprenticeship.

If you have a degree, you may be able to get into this job through an NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

Another option is to take a postgraduate health services management or health services leadership course.

You can also move into general management from a medical professional role like nurse, doctor or therapist.

You can apply directly for health service manager roles in finance, human resources (HR) or IT if you have:

  • work experience in the private, public or voluntary sector
  • management experience

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • leadership and negotiating skills
  • budget and policy planning skills
  • the ability to gather and analyse data
  • contract management skills
  • excellent communication skills

3. What you'll do

Most jobs are in the National Health Service (NHS), with a growing number in private healthcare settings.

You could be responsible for controlling resources and delivering quality in a range of sectors, including:

  • finance
  • HR
  • health analysis
  • health informatics
  • policy and strategy
  • general management

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working with clinical staff and other professionals
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff
  • dealing with the health service's day-to-day performance
  • setting and managing budgets
  • writing reports and giving presentations
  • using data to monitor and improve services
  • making sure regulations are followed
  • managing premises and security

4. Salary

Starter: £22,500 (practice manager) to £26,500

Experienced: £27,500 to £48,500 (specialist managers)

Highly Experienced: £48,500 to £100,500 (up to chief manager or director)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work in a hospital, a GP clinic, a community health organisation, or for a clinical commissioning group.

You may work from 9am to 5pm, or on a rota basis to cover extended opening hours.

If you're working in a hospital, you're more likely to work shifts and be on-call for emergencies.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could apply to become a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM). This could give you access to a range of professional development opportunities.

You'll increase your chances for career progression if you complete a 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.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018