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Health Services & Public Health Managers & Directors


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.


  • 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.

Educational Requirements

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.