Clinical manager

You wil be the head of your own department, ensuring that our patients get the possible treatment and care. 

Working life

You'll already be a trained healthcare professional, such as a nurse or allied health professional. You'll be leading a team of your peers or a multidisciplinary team where a mix of professionals work together to deliver care such as maternity or the NHS 111 service.You may also be managing a function such as clinical audit or governance. 

Just some of our responsibilities could be:

  • setting priorities
  • planning for future development
  • budget management
  • ensuring value for money and quality in the services 
  • responsible for clinical governance and clinical audit – programmes aimed at improving health services to in clinical audit or clinical governance
  • closely involved in any changes to services for patients

Roles in clinical management 

The following are examples of roles in clinical management. They are a guide - so you'll need to check any job vacancy you're considering to see exactly what the role involves and the requirements for the post.

Clinical audit manager 

Most likely working in a hospital, you'll have responsibility for managing a team that ensures the efficient and effective development and delivery of clinical audit and effectiveness across the district.

This sort of post requires a minimum of three years' NHS experience in a clinical audit, clinical governance or related clinical effectiveness role, with an ability to plan and co-ordinate the work of others as well as the ability to develop staff and enhance their performance.

You'll need a detailed knowledge and understanding of clinical governance and clinical audit and their application, along with the ability to interpret and implement changes resulting from national and local initiatives.

Clinical governance manager

You'll need to be able to develop clinical governance across the NHS trust, covering radiology, pharmacy, therapies, private patients, outpatients, pathology and the chaplaincy.

You'll be responsible for developing a system that places clinical quality at the heart of all healthcare delivery by working closely with head of clinical governance, the clinical director for clinical governance and the directorate team of clinicians and managers.

Clinical governance manager/assistant lead nurse 

You will need to be an enthusiastic nurse with senior management experience. Significant involvement in the clinical governance agenda and a willingness to work flexibly as part of a range of multidisciplinary teams will be crucial.

You will be responsible for clinical governance delivery within local delivery teams, for a range of governance development initiatives. You'll also support the lead nurse in delivery of the professional nursing agenda.

Head of clinical governance and risk management

You might be based at a hospital NHS trust that employs around 5,000 staff and you'll be responsible for developing and delivering the infrastructure to support the trust's clinical governance and risk management agenda.

You will need a thorough understanding of the principles of clinical governance, risk management, complaints and controls assurance to effectively manage the process. It would demand excellent communication, leadership and influencing skills, to work effectively with a diverse range of contacts, including professional bodies and managers.

A university degree in relevant disciplines and/or relevant professional qualifications might be needed as well as proven skills in successfully leading change management programmes. Evidence of implementing national policy at local level and experience with developing strategy to underpin corporate directions would also be important.

You might work in an NHS trust or as part of a clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Integrated urgent care/NHS 111 clinical adviser and senior clinical adviser

Clinical advisers and senior clinical advisers working in integrated urgent care/NHS 111 services manage urgent and non-urgent calls from patients, members of the public and healthcare professionals, such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists 

As registered healthcare practitioner, you'll use your professional and medical judgement to assess callers, either over the phone, or face to face. Assisted by a clinical decision support system, you'll make appropriate referrals and give health advice to enable patients to manage their symptoms at home.  

Clinical advisers and senior clinical advisers are part of an integrated multidisciplinary urgent care team and work with clinical and non-clinical staff, including nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, pharmacists and dentists.  

NHS 111 clinical advisers work with a considerable degree of autonomy and use research findings to enhance and underpin their area of practice.  

Senior clinical advisers are responsible for the supervision, teaching, mentoring and preceptorship of other staff which may include students, other clinicians and non-clinical colleagues. Senior clinical advisers provide clinical leadership and make sure that performance and quality objectives are achieved through best practice, risk management and performance indicators. 

Visit the NHS England website for further details about a career and leadership development in integrated urgent care/NHS 111. 

Want to learn more?

  • Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers.

    In the NHS, your career in clinical management would typically start at Agenda for Change band 6 or 7, with some positions at band 5, and the most senior roles rising to band 9 for, for example, a professional manager for a clinical service.

    NHS staff will usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week. They may work a shift pattern.

    Roles in integrated urgent care/the NHS 111 service are aligned to Skills for Health qualification levels. A clinical adviser will work at level 5 and a senior clinical adviser at level 6. NHS 111 clinical advisers and senior clinical advisers work agreed hours per week. This may include working on a shift pattern basis covering evenings, nights, early starts, weekends and bank holidays. 

  • In clinical management, you could progress to more senior positions, with a variety of responsibilities at operational or strategic level. For example, many NHS trusts have a medical director and a director of nursing, or other senior clinical management roles.

    Integrated urgent care/NHS 111 services are changing and moving towards providing a single point of access for patients to urgent care. To deliver these plans, a multi-skilled workforce is needed and there are many roles available at Skills for Health levels 2 to 9. NHS 111 clinical advisers and senior clinical advisers can progress to become an advanced clinical practitioner, a clinical consultant or a clinical director with post-registration training and experience. 

  • When you’re looking for job vacancies, there are a number of sources you can use, depending on the type of work you’re seeking. However, you can find just some of the current vacancies from the NHS Jobs website below.

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