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What Qualifications are needed for a Career in Healthcare Management?

May 29th 2019

It is a well-known fact that the UK is an ageing population. Knowledge of illness’ and diseases is greater, and medicine is more potent, meaning citizens are living much longer lives, and the demand for care services is continually growing.

The UK's healthcare expenditure in 2016 was £191.7 billion with the UK's care homes alone worth approximately £15.9 billion of this annual outlay, proving that the industry is one of the most forceful and exhilarating career paths for those looking to embark on their career in healthcare management.

When presented with the idea of working at a residential care home, or ANY career in healthcare for that matter, many people are under the misconception that front-line jobs such as nurses and care assistants are the only routes available. While these are some of the most prominent career paths, admittedly they are not for everybody, but that doesn’t mean you should rule out a career of helping others and working in the industry.

Healthcare management jobs are primarily behind the scenes, but they are of equal importance with regards to the coordination and orchestration of frontline staff and facilities – the two most important factors for providing service users with the maximum levels of care.

What are your options for healthcare management careers?

The possible medical management job options are so varied, and there are so many potential career paths that we couldn’t possibly go into detail for them ALL. Naturally, different occupations appeal to different people, and although the list of health professions is extensive, here is a brief lowdown of some of the most prominent health management jobs and healthcare administration job options on the market:

  • Care Home Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Healthcare Human Resources
  • Clinical Management
  • Project Management and Procurement
  • Information Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Staff and Care Coordinator
  • Operations Management

What qualifications do you need for health management jobs?

As we previously mentioned, the spectrum of possible job options within healthcare management is too extensive to list, and the various career options vary from one extreme of the career spectrum to the other. With that said, drastically different career paths weigh differently in terms of job specifications, responsibilities and personal requirements, therefore meaning they all have unique minimum qualification requirements.

Generally speaking, the more demanding and high-pressure roles in healthcare administration such as a Hospital CEO, or those that require niche technical knowledge or skills such as a Director of Nursing or Hospital Chief Financial Officer will usually request a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management, or similar as a minimum - sometimes a Master's is necessitated. But that is not to underestimate the importance of direct industry experience for these or any role in healthcare management. Regardless of educational background, nobody will be able to conclude a Healthcare Management Degree at Bachelors level or a Master's in Business Administration and walk directly into a role as a Hospital CEO; healthcare administration jobs at such senior levels require years upon years of hard work, dedication and extensive experience AFTER the completion of your degree.

Progress your healthcare management career from entry level

Pursuing a career in healthcare management is an attainable avenue for all, especially those with a real passion for working within the industry.

University isn’t a feasible option for everybody for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean those people should have to miss out on aiming high and striving for those senior positions in health administration and management.

There are many careers paths you can take in which you will begin your healthcare career in a junior position without any major qualifications, but still, have the capacity and encouragement to scale the ranks and eventually land yourself a senior position in one of the many available senior healthcare management jobs.

Just a small insight into some of the health jobs on the market that require little to no previous industry experience are:

  • Care Home Assistant
  • Healthcare Administration Careers
  • Medical Secretary
  • Home Health Aid
  • Hospital Admissions Assistant
  • Personal Assistant to CEO
  • Pharmacy Technician

If you are looking for the perfect role that will help to kick start a great and prosperous role in healthcare management, look no further than here, Select Healthcare. We are always on the hunt for compassionate, committed and conscientious staffs of all experience levels to fill a plethora of positions within our care homes up and down the country. 

If marking your mark on the healthcare industry is something you are striving towards, submit your CV to us today, and we will be in touch!

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