Practice Managers coordinate the overall running of GP surgeries, and are responsible for the smooth running of a practice that employs GP’s and other clinical staff, and sees as many as 20,000 registered patients.
As a Practice Manager you will work with a variety of staff who work from or are based within the practice. These staff will typically include GPs, Practice Nurses, Nurses, Medical Secretaries, Receptionists, Dietitians, Pharmacists, and others.
What does a Practice Manager do?
- Business planning
- Handling financial systems for the practice, including payroll
- Selecting, training and supervising non-clinical staff
- Developing and supervising appointment systems that work well for patients and clinicians
- Ensuring accurate records are kept, and liaising with local health organisations such as clinical commissioning groups (CCG’s)
- Developing strategies for the practice on issues such as computer systems and security, expanding or changing services, and long-term services
To fulfil these duties PM’s will need good IT and administration skills, and will need to be skilled at strategic planning and understanding financial systems.
- Typically, you will have experience in management, with evidence of motivating people and a management qualification
- You will need excellent skills in finances, communication, leadership, IT and negotiating
With further training and/or experience, you may be able to develop your career further and apply for more senior managerial roles within different services and healthcare organisations such as CCG’s. Relocation for promotion is common.