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Medical Secretary Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Medical Secretary. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Medical Secretary
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Medical Secretary Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Medical secretaries provide doctors with administrative and secretarial support in health centres, hospitals, medical schools and pharmaceutical companies. It is also possible to work through an employment agency.

The duties and responsibilities could include:

  • using a computer for correspondence or to record medical notes
  • answering telephone enquiries
  • maintaining a filing system
  • making appointments.


Some medical secretaries act as personal assistants and could be asked to arrange meetings, keep diaries and organise travel arrangements.

Hours and Environment

Most medical secretaries work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Flexitime and part-time work is often available.

Most of the working day is spent sitting at a desk in an office.

Skills and Interests

To be a medical secretary you should:

  • have a keen interest in medicine
  • have good organisational skills
  • have good communication skills to deal with patients and relatives in a sympathetic way and be able to cope with the emotional strain
  • be able to pay attention to detail as you will be working with complex material
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • be able to work under pressure
  • have good keyboard skills
  • be discreet as you will be dealing with confidential information.


Entry

There are no minimum entry requirements, but most employers would look for four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades(1-3) passes including English. Typing and computer skills are often requested. Some people become medical secretaries after completing a general secretarial course.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Maturity is an important quality for a medical secretary, so older applicants are often welcomed.

Training

If you are working as a receptionist, administrator or clerical assistant in the health care field, you can study for the Diploma in Medical Secretarial Studies awarded by the Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators & Receptionists (AMSPAR). A list of colleges offering the course is available from AMSPAR. The entry requirements are a minimum of four GCSEs (A-C)/ S grades (1-3) including English.

There are two study programmes to achieve the diploma: by taking written examinations, a research project and an oral communication assessment; and a competence-based programme. Both programmes involve work placements. Some colleges offer dual qualifications so you can achieve OCR NVQ Administration at level 3 as well as the AMSPAR diploma.

On-the-job training may also be offered for using computer software such as databases.

NHS employees, at all levels, may be able to access learning and development opportunities through the NHSU, the new corporate university for the NHS. For details see: www.nhsu.nhs.uk or contact U-i: the NHSU advice line for learning in health and social care.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

There are opportunities for medical secretaries all over the UK, working in a GP surgery, health centre, a National Health Service or private hospital, or in a medical school (supporting academic staff). Medical secretaries also work in the pharmaceutical industry and in complementary medicine.

Some medical secretaries develop their skills and become personal assistants, either in the health care field or in industry or commerce. Opportunities may exist in office management or practice administration.

Annual Income

These figures are intended as a guideline only:

The starting salary for a medical secretary is around £12,500.
A senior medical secretary can earn up to £15,000.
Rates for working in employment agencies may differ.

Further information

NHSU
11th Floor Reception
88 Wood Street
London
EC2V 7RS
Tel: 0800 555 550
www.nhsu.nhs.uk

U-i (NHSU advice and career planning line)
Tel: 08000 150 850

Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists
Tavistock House North
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9LN
Tel: 020 7837 6005
www.amspar.co.uk

Other Useful Medical Secretary Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Medical Secretary job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Medical Secretary Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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