Health Service Manager

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Health service managers run National Health Service (NHS) trusts, hospitals, health centres and GP practices. They may organise services themselves, or 'buy in' services from other firms, making sure they get good quality and value for money.

The Work

You could be:

You might specialise in a particular area, or you might move from area to area during your career. The main specialisms include: finance, human resources, purchasing and supplies, facilities management, practice management, clinical management and information management.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary widely, depending on the health service department in which you work.

Trainees on the NHS Scotland General Management Training Scheme start at £24,057 a year. Health service managers are paid on the NHS Agenda for Change, typically starting at Band 6, £35,522 to £43,286 a year, rising to Band 8c, £75,711 to £81,426 a year with further training and experience. The current pay scales are from April 2022.

For those entering management from outside the NHS, salaries can vary according to previous experience and the level of responsibility of the post.


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Getting In

There is no single route to becoming a health service manager.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The NHS Management Training Scheme is available in two routes – General and Financial. However, both routes might not be available each year. For 2021, both routes are running. Check the website for further details and when the next intake is open.


Courtesy of NHS Graduate Scheme



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

NHS Scotland Graduate Management Training Scheme
Twitter: @NHS_Education

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