A career in hospital administration is one in which vital support is provided to doctors, nurses, other healthcare staff and patients.
People interested in a career in this sector will be able to choose from a wide variety of roles and job locations. Opportunities are available within the NHS and in private hospitals, and the choice of careers include working as a receptionist, a secretary, a clerk, a telephone operator and a medical personal assistant. After gaining experience at a hospital, some staff decide to further their careers by progressing to an administrative management position.
Administrative staff will need to have good organisational skills, basic computer skills, be detail-focused, interested in dealing with people and remain calm under pressure. Salaries vary according to the role, but an Accident and Emergency receptionist at a health service hospital will usually earn between £14,000-17,000 a year, while a higher level NHS secretary should expect to earn between £18,000-21,000. Staff working and living in and around high-cost areas (London and its fringes) are paid a supplement of between 5-20% of their salary.
Job seekers looking for a career in hospital admin should contact recruitment agencies, who can connect them with employers looking for staff.