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Could you be a Project Manager?

Project Managers are the staff in charge of a specific project or projects within an organisation. In this article, we aim to clarify the role of Project Managers (PMs) within the NHS and the common job descriptions for several NHS Project Manager roles.

Working as a project manager within the NHS is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in improving care and services for residents of the UK.

What is the role of a Project Manager in the NHS?

Project managers support the upper management to help ensure alignment and coordination of projects and programmes to enable the delivery of key strategic objectives. As a project manager, you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders to provide support and challenge around the delivery of projects. Project managers might work by themselves, or be in charge of a team to get the job done.

Project managers can work in a variety of fields, from IT to Construction, from Estates to Finance, etc. Some of the most common roles within the NHS include: IT Project Manager, EPR Project Manager, Technical project manager, Estates project manager, Finance project manager, Programme manager, Project manager for construction, Clinical project manager, Theatre project manager.

NHS Project Manager Job Duties

As a Project Manager, you will have full project life ownership: scoping, initiation, delivery, implementation, administration, and evaluation. It is expected that you will work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment while demonstrating teamwork, innovation and excellence.

NHS Project manager Job Duties can include:

  • Creating and delivering project work plans and revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Identifying resources and assign responsibilities.
  • Minimising costs and implementation risks
  • Liaising with the team and diverse groups of stakeholders to ensure effective communication and governance.
  • Working with leads to ensure the projects’ objectives are turned into tangible deliverables.
  • Delivering progress reports, proposals, and other required documentation to various audiences, including project team, internal and external sponsors and key stakeholders.
  • Managing day-to-day operational aspects.
  • Playing a leading role in developing integrated care pathways and facilitating innovation
  • Developing mechanisms to facilitate the involvement of patients and the public in the development and monitoring of services
  • Collecting, analysing, presenting and disseminating quantitative and qualitative data. This might include the use of questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.
  • Reviewing and maintaining an overview of relevant research, best practice, topic-specific literature, national updates and benchmarking reports produced by NHS partner organisations.

Working as an NHS Project Manager, you may gain knowledge of confidential matters which may include personal and medical information about patients and staff. Such information must be considered strictly confidential and must not be discussed or disclosed.

NHS Project Manager Areas of Expertise

NHS Project Manager role requires a highly enthusiastic individual who has proven project management and organisational skills gained within their career to date. You will need the following knowledge and expertise:

  • Competence in required project methodology, utilising a range of tools.
  • Expertise in risk management, reporting and prioritisation.
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholder groups to develop and maintain strong working relationships.
  • Experience of delivering multiple projects and managing large groups
  • Experience of working in a PMO environment and delivering complex work at fast pace to a high standard.
  • Organisation, influencing and problem solving skills as well as a strong desire to make a difference
  • Flexible approach
  • Advanced communication and stakeholder engagement skills.

A background in delivering healthcare and clinical projects will be advantageous. You will also need to show your passion about making a difference and desire to use your skills to support clinical and managerial staff at all levels across the Trust to change their practice and deliver real benefits for the people the NHS serve.


Junior project managers can earn between £20,000 and £35,000, depending on the sector. Salaries for experienced project managers can vary between £40,000 and £80,000, depending on the sector.

Some project managers work as contractors and can negotiate a daily rate between £200 and £500 a day. 

Given figures are intended as a guide only.

Working hours

Project Managers work normal business hours Monday to Friday, but you may be expected to work additional hours to meet deadlines.

If you are working freelance, your work hours will vary depending on the duration and terms of specific projects.


If you are passionate about improvement and have the desire to work for the fifth biggest employer of the world, then a role of a Project Manager within the NHS might be exactly what you are looking for. Check all Project Manager jobs here to see if there is a role for you. 

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Written by Tatiana Romancova, Marketing Manager at GoToJobBoard


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