GP Practice Manager

Job Description:

GP practice managers run the business side of doctors' surgeries and health centres.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

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.

Direct Application

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