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.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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.
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
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.
You can apply directly if you already have management experience from the private, public or voluntary sector.
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.
You can find out more about becoming a health service manager from Health Careers.