Medical secretaries provide administrative and secretarial support for doctors, consultants and other senior staff in hospitals, health centres or GP surgeries.
You could be:
dealing with consultants’ correspondence and managing their diaries
working on reception, making appointments and handling patient queries
filing confidential medical records
organising patient waiting lists
typing patient letters or confidential medical reports
updating patients’ medical records
sending patients' samples for testing
organising meetings, and associated requirements, and taking minutes at meetings
booking rooms, audio visual equipment and refreshments for meetings.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Medical secretaries in Scotland are paid on the NHS Agenda for Change Band 3, £21,709 to £23,603 a year. With experience you can go up to Band 4, £23,709 to £25,982 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2021. Secretaries in private hospitals can earn around £17,000 to £22,500 a year.
You could be based in an office of a department in a hospital, such as cardiology or radiography.
You could be working in the office of a GP surgery or private practice.
You would work at a reception desk or workstation using a computer.
Your hours would normally be 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
You will have a lot of contact with patients, medical staff and other healthcare staff.