Healthcare & Medical
Medical Practice Manager
Medical practice managers run the business side of a medical practice, dental surgery, consulting rooms or other form of health centre.
What does a Medical Practice Manager do?
Medical practice managers run the business side of a general medical practice, dental surgery, specialist consulting rooms or other form of health centre. They manage and ensure the smooth running of the practice's staff, administration and budgets.
As a medical practice manager, you would:
- recruit, train and supervise administration, secretarial and reception staff
- manage the practice's finances, and sure the practice meets its financial targets
- pay wages
- organise duty rosters for both medical and administrative staff
- manage appointment and medical records systems
- order and control equipment and medical supplies, including drugs.
Key skills and interests
To become a medical practice manager, you would need:
- excellent organisational and administrative skills
- good people management skills
- good teamwork skills
- accuracy and attention to detail
- financial and budgeting skills
- good computer skills.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time job you would normally work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday. You may sometimes work in the evenings or on Saturday mornings, depending on your practice's opening hours. Part-time or flexible work may be available.
You would be based at a medical or health centre. If the practice includes more than one centre, you may need to travel between locations.
How to become an Medical Practice Manager?
Entry Level Education
You could work as a medical practice manager without tertiary qualifications; however, you would most likely need to be an experienced administrator or manager, with experience in a health or social care setting. You would also need experience and qualifications in accounts, and people management.
You could also become a medical practice manager by gaining a bachelor’s degree in an area such as health administration or nursing. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths, and business studies would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Employment of managers in health and medical services is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will in turn result in an increase in the number of managers to run facilities and medical practices of all types.