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Health service manager Hospital manager, NHS hospital manager

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,000 to £98,000 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 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.

2. Skills 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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £23,000

Experienced: £26,000 to £41,000

Highly Experienced: £78,000 to £98,000

These are figures a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 21 August 2017