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The UK healthcare sector employs more than 1.9 million people, with 1.5 million of those working in the NHS and the remainder working in the private healthcare sector [ONS]. There is a wide range of roles within the healthcare industry, ranging from less-skilled jobs like hospital porters and receptionists to highly qualified jobs like surgeons and GPs, but every role is as crucial as the next. That being said, salaries across the sector range drastically depending on the role that is being undertaken, the skill required and the responsibility that the role carries.

Healthcare managers are crucial to the everyday running of a health facility and they carry a lot of behind-the-scenes responsibility. It’s a rewarding role that brings together all aspects of providing healthcare, making it a popular career choice for those looking to advance in their medical careers.

So, what is a healthcare management salary? On average, a healthcare manager can expect to earn a starting salary of £31,000 and progress to upwards of £100,000 with years of experience. As far as starting salaries go, it’s a healthy one, but what exactly is required to obtain such a salary?

What does a Health Service Manager do?

A health service manager is responsible for a multitude of tasks and the job role is a varied one. A healthcare manager can expect to:

  • Manage a clinic/GP surgery/hospital/other health provider facility
  • Set budgets and ensure the facility works within them
  • Overseeing work schedules of those employed at the facility
  • Recruit and train new members of staff
  • Collate performance data and use it to improve the services provided
  • Ensuring all legal and medical regulations are adhered to
  • Liaise with other heads of departments and healthcare professionals to improve the service
  • Manage administration and clerical staff

Who can be a Healthcare Manager?

Due to the data-driven and leadership nature of the job, being a healthcare manager is a job that is best suited to a person with the following attributes:

  • Work well with other people
  • Analytical and methodical
  • Attention to detail
  • Natural leader
  • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills
  • Good mathematical ability
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Patient and calm
  • Passion for providing outstanding healthcare to patients and service users

How to be a Healthcare Manager

There are several routes into the health service management route, with the most common being obtaining a university degree in a health or management subject. The options for this are fairly open, with some health managers having degrees is nursing and others having studied business management.

The NHS have a graduate management training scheme that offers a direct route into the role, but in order to apply, candidates must already have either a degree or previous management experience in the NHS, private or voluntary sector.

Aside from a degree, a person may obtain a health management role by working in the NHS or private healthcare sector in some capacity. It’s most common for people in administration and clerical roles to advance in their career naturally through such a role, but others may progress by working their way up in conjunction with undertaking supervisory or management courses, in addition to working.

Apprenticeships in management are an option for those with the relevant GCSE qualifications.

Healthcare administration sector salaries

There a wide range of roles within healthcare administration that can serve as good entry points for those looking to progress into management, but what are they and what is the salary for healthcare administration?

Here are a few of the roles available along with their average salaries:











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Healthcare Employment

With almost two million people working across the healthcare sector in the UK, there are countless opportunities for people to move between job roles and undertake new career opportunities. The NHS works on pay banding, but private healthcare companies typically do not.

We offer industry salary surveys across a broad spectrum of industries, including the healthcare sector. This service allows healthcare employers the opportunity to identify what they should include in their employment packages in order to attract and retain high-quality staff in every role.

Find out more about Paydata’s industry salary surveys and contact us today.

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