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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.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £19566. Normal pay is £49800 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £115769.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • 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.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Monitoring


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Writing


  • Speaking


  • Active Listening


  • Critical Thinking


  • Learning Strategies


  • Active Learning


  • Mathematics


  • Science


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