Administrative management

Our administrative managers are important cogs in the NHS team who allow our frontline staff to concentrate on our patients and the public. 

Working life

Our administration managers are involved in the planning, co-ordination and direction of 'business' in the NHS. 

Roles in administrative management

There are a variety of administrative roles in NHS management such as:

Administration manager

You could:

  • responsible for providing a high quality senior personal assistant (PA) service to the chief executive and chair of the organisation
  • helping the trust board secretary in supporting the board and executive committee structure
  • leading and co-ordinating the work of director-level PAs to ensure that office functions were managed effectively.

General office manager

You could:

  • provide managerial and administrative support at a NHS organisation by managing the day to day function of the administrative and non-clinical services
  • act as a point of contact for external organisations and individuals
  • be responsible for the recruitment and selection, supervision, appraisal and training of junior administration staff.

Office manager

In a large hospital NHS trust, you could:

  • provide administration/secretarial support service to support a wide range of external quality assessment activities and initiatives
  • deal with enquiries
  • attend meetings to take formal and accurate minutes, ensuring these are checked, agreed and distributed
  • be responsible for the processing of expenses claims including photocopying documentation and follow up of payments.

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.

    Your career in NHS administrative management would typically start at Agenda for Change Band 5, with opportunities to progress to posts at bands 6 or 7.

    Staff in the NHS will usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week. They may work a shift pattern.

    Terms and conditions of service can vary for employers outside the NHS.

  • With further training or experience or both, you may be able to develop your career further and apply for more senior managerial roles.

    Progression for those with ability is typically via operational management in a large hospital.

    Relocation for promotion is common.

    More diverse routes are now opening up, for example, jointly-funded posts between health and social services.

    Management qualifications, such as an MBA (Master of Business of Administration) or DMS (Diploma in Management Studies) may be an advantage for some senior posts.

  • When you’re looking for administrative managerial jobs or apprenticeship vacancies, there are a number of sources you can use, but most vacancies can be found on the NHS Jobs website.

    Just some of the current vacancies are below.

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      Administration Manager

      Freshwater, PO40 9DT

      • Salary:

        £10.82 an hour

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Central Advertising - General Practitioners

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      Radiology Administration Manager

      Blackburn, BB2 3HH

      • Salary:

        £24,907 - £30,615

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

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      Senior Administration Manager

      Barnstaple, EX31 4JB

      • Salary:

        £31,365 - £37,890 Per Annum Pro Rata

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

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      Child Health Administration Manager

      Basingstoke, RG24 9NA

      • Salary:

        £24907.00 to £30615.00 a year

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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      Administration & Waiting List Manager

      Gateshead, NE9 6SX

      • Salary:

        £31,365 to £37,890 pa

      • Type:

        Fixed term

      • Employer:

        Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

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      Estates Office Manager (Estates Administration) (XN05)

      The Leeds General Infirmary, LS1 3EX

      • Salary:

        £24,907 to £30,615 pa

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Estates and Facilities

      • View Vacancy

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