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Manager, health service

Works to ensure that hospitals, GP surgeries or community health centres work efficiently and effectively.

Job description

Health service managers can work privately, but most work for the HSE in the Republic or NHS in Northern Ireland to make sure the organisation, be it a hospital, GP surgery or a community health centre, works efficiently and effectively. Duties include supervising staff, setting and maintaining budgets, and implementing policies based on government guidelines.

Management within the heealth service covers a wide range of career areas, including HR, finance, administration, service management, health promotion and project management. Health service managers are effective leaders and team workers.

Work activities

  • Managing budgets and costs.
  • Liaising with clerical, medical and professional staff at all levels, providing support to other department managers and staff.
  • Ensuring health services meet national standards.
  • Using computer software to record and retrieve data.
  • Monitoring and developing services; implementing policies and installing changes.
  • Directing, co-ordinating and monitoring medical and non-medical resources, facilities and services.
  • Dealing with enquires, complaints, and solving problems.
  • Planning projects.
  • Writing reports.

Work conditions

Travel: may be necessary for some positions.
Working hours: usually 9 to 5, but some extra hours may be involved.
Location: in private and public hospitals and clinics across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Entry requirements

At least a primary degree in any subject is necessary. Entry can be open to any subject, but relevant experience within the health service and management is key for applicants.

The NHS runs a General Management Training Scheme, which is the path into the profession for most graduates in Northern Ireland. The application process is competitive, including an assessment centre, written and psychometric tests, interviews and group exercises.