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Health service manager

Alternative titles for this job include Hospital manager, NHS hospital manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£25,368 Starter


£63,862 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a health service manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


A common way into this job is through a graduate training scheme. Most degree subjects are acceptable for NHS General Management training. Entry is usually with an upper second class degree or above.

As part of your training you will work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership.

Find out more about the NHS General Management graduate scheme.

For some NHS specialist managerial roles you may need a degree in a recommended subject. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has more information.

Some private healthcare providers also offer graduate general management schemes.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could gain relevant skills and knowledge for this job through a Chartered manager degree apprenticeship.

This typically takes 4 years to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study at an approved university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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You can get into health service management by working your way up from an administrative or clinical role within the NHS.

You're likely to need 4 to 5 GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and possibly A levels or equivalent for an administrator role.

With experience, you can move up to supervisory or management level. You can find useful courses to help you do this through the Institute of Administrative Management.

The MSc in Healthcare Leadership is suitable for doctors, pharmacists, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and non-clinical staff who want to advance into a senior management position.

Direct Application

You can apply directly if you already have management experience from the private, public or voluntary sector.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could apply to become a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management. This would give you access to professional development opportunities and professional recognition.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a health service manager from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • administration skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • work with clinical staff and other professionals
  • recruit, train and supervise staff
  • deal with the health service's day-to-day performance
  • set and manage budgets
  • write reports and give presentations
  • use data to monitor and improve services
  • make sure regulations are followed
  • manage premises and security

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre or at a GP practice.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice

  • Wage: £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Hemel Hempstead

Chartered Manager Apprentice

  • Wage: £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Inside Track, Paddock Lane, Thorne, Doncaster

Courses In England

Management & Leadership

  • Start date: 31 July 2023
  • Location: Waterlooville

Leadership & Management Level 3

  • Start date: 07 August 2023
  • Location: Not known

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