GP Practice ManagerJob Description:
GP practice managers run the business side of doctors' surgeries and health centres.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a GP practice manager, you could:
- supervise medical secretaries and manage reception
- manage medical records and appointment systems
- make sure the practice meets its financial targets
- monitor prescriptions, order stock and organise rotas
- arrange cleaning, maintenance and security for the building
- knowledge of English language
- business management skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a GP (General Practitioner) Practice Manager, you don’t necessarily need specific subjects. However, a strong educational background and certain skills can be beneficial for this role. GP Practice Managers are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of a medical practice, so skills related to healthcare administration and business management are important. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for managing the financial aspects of a medical practice, including budgeting, billing, and payroll.
- English: Effective written and verbal communication skills are crucial for dealing with patients, staff, and healthcare professionals, as well as for managing correspondence and documentation.
- Business Studies or Economics: These subjects can provide a foundational understanding of business management principles, which are relevant to running a medical practice.
- Science: While not mandatory, a basic understanding of biology or science can be helpful in a healthcare-related role.
- Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computers and office software is important for managing patient records, appointments, and administrative tasks.
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- training courses run by professional bodies
You could start as an assistant office manager in a health centre or hospital and do training to work your way up.
You could apply directly to become a GP practice manager.
You’ll usually need to have a business background and be an experienced manager with a management qualification.
It might be useful if you have experience working in health or social care.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 36-38 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on a rota.
You could work at a GP practice or at a health centre.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could:
- become a partner of a GP practice
- move into healthcare management in a hospital or health authority
- work as a manager in private healthcare or in social services