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Health service manager Average UK Salary & Prospects

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

  • Develop and maintain computerized record management systems to store and process data, such as personnel activities and information, and to produce reports.  
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of medical, nursing, technical, clerical, service, maintenance, and other personnel.  
  • Direct or conduct recruitment, hiring, and training of personnel.  
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Health service managers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Health service manager you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    51,110 GBP *
    per year
    30,000 GBP
    100,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Health service manager

    Men make 14% more than Women
    34% of Health service managers are men
    • 56,060 GBP
    • 48,169 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Health service manager
    Average salary for full-time Health service manager

    • 22,521 GBP
    • 22,415 GBP
    • 51,110 GBP
    • 48,169 GBP
    • 56,060 GBP
    Pay over time for Health service manager

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 49,360 GBP
    • 48,569 GBP
    • 47,721 GBP
    • 48,582 GBP
    • 50,842 GBP
    • 51,110 GBP

    Future outlook for Health service managers

    Fair outlook
    64 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Health service manager - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Health service manager and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 65% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 19% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 12% of people in this role have a Master's degree

    The most direct route into health service management is through the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. To apply, you'll need a degree, or an equivalent qualification, in healthcare or management.

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

    There are some management roles, like those in finance, purchasing or human resources, where you may not need previous experience of the NHS.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Health service manager


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Health service manager.
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Health service manager. Check that you know:
    Analytical or scientific software Expert Health Data Programming Vitalnet; IBM SPSS Statistics
    Categorization or classification software American Medical Association CodeManager; ColorSoft AutoMatch; Yost Engineering ABN Assistant; Yost Engineering CodeSearch Pro
    Data base user interface and query software Data entry software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Medical software Cerner ProFile; Epic Systems
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Health service manager interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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