Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors

Managers and directors in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and activities of health care providers and purchasers at both district and unit levels.


New workers

New workers start around £16,663. Normal pay is £42,088 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £97,541.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 66,519 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Monitors and reports upon the state of public health and wellbeing.

  • Coordinates the promotion of public health and wellbeing in the actions and policies of public agencies and their social partners.

  • Monitors and reports upon the effectiveness of services with a view to improving the efficiency of health care provision.

  • Manages staff, including recruitment, appraisal and development.

  • Negotiates and manages contracts with providers and purchasers of health care services.

  • Uses statistical information to monitor performance and assist with planning.

  • Oversees the day-to-day management of the unit or service and provides leadership to staff.

  • Liaises with health care professionals to determine short and long-term needs and how to meet these objectives within budgetary constraints.

  • Implements policies of the board, ensures statutory procedures are followed, with particular emphasis on patient safety and the management of risk.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Nursing

  • Auditing

  • Midwifery

  • Clinical Governance

  • Mental Health

  • Clinical Leadership

  • Nursing Care

  • Clinical Practices

  • Risk Analysis

  • Effective Communication

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Planning

  • Teaching

  • Mentorship

  • Research

  • Customer Service

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Teamwork

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.