Health services and public health managers and directors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


Entrants require a degree or equivalent qualification, a professional qualification and/or relevant experience. Off- and on-the-job training is provided through management training schemes. The nature of schemes varies between regions and occupational areas.

Typical tasks

  • implements policies of the board, ensures statutory procedures are followed, with particular emphasis on patient safety and the management of risk;
  • liaises with health care professionals to determine short and long-term needs and how to meet these objectives within budgetary constraints;
  • oversees the day-to-day management of the unit or service and provides leadership to staff;
  • uses statistical information to monitor performance and assist with planning;
  • negotiates and manages contracts with providers and purchasers of health care services;
  • manages staff, including recruitment, appraisal and development;
  • monitors and reports upon the effectiveness of services with a view to improving the efficiency of health care provision;
  • 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 state of public health and wellbeing.

Common job titles

Manager, sector (health authority: hospital service)
Manager (health authority)
Manager, service, hospital
Director, nursing
Manager (hospital service)
Manager, site, clinical
Manager, general, unit (health authority: hospital service)
Manager, information (health authority: hospital service)
Manager (nursing services)
Manager, service (health authority)
Director of nursing services
Manager, care, health
Manager, vaccination
Manager, governance, clinical
Director of nursing
Manager, screening, health (health authority: hospital service)
Manager, services, limb
Manager, care (health authority: hospital service)
Manager, services, clinical
Manager, locality (health authority: hospital service)
Director of clinical services
Director, operations (health authority)
Superintendent (hospital service)
Manager, services, hospital, area
Manager, support
Manager, district (health authority: hospital service)
Commissioner (health authority)
Manager, operations (hospital)
Manager, service, health
Manager, centre, postgraduate (health authority: hospital service)
Manager, clinical
Director, non-executive (health authority: hospital service)
Manager, healthcare

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.