How to join a General Practice Admin Team
General practice is the backbone of the NHS. In Wakefield, about 8,000 people will have an appointment with a healthcare professional in their local GP practice every day. To get patients to see their healthcare professional, make appointments, deal with letters and results requires a practice team to make patients care appear seamless. The roles that make this happen include:
- Reception staff
- Medical secretaries
- Prescription clerks
- Practice administration staff
- Practice manager.
There is generally no set entry requirements for practice administration staff but you would be expected to have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills. Practice employers often ask for relevant work experience and even where it is not specified it would be an advantage if you have worked in an administration or customer service role
Practice admin staff need to be:
- Friendly and welcoming
- Patient and understanding
- Follow instructions and procedures
- Work accurately and methodically
- Work in a team and use their own initiative
- Deal with people who may be angry or upset
- Confident using the phone.
The following resources can help you find out more about how to join a general practice admin team:
- Health Careers in the NHS – Health Education England pages and videos
In Wakefield, many general practices employ healthcare admin apprentices. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn and gain experience at the same time as being paid. Click here to read more about apprenticeships in the NHS.
Neil Williams, medical administration apprentice at the Alvanley Family Practice in Stockport, talks about his experience here.
What is the Academy doing to help?
Working with local schools to be able to offer work experience placements in general practice to school and college students.
Working with local schools to be able to offer internship placements in general practice to school and college students interested in a career in healthcare.
Want more information?
If you would like more information about these programmes then please contact the Academy team.