How To Become A Medical Secretary
Medical secretaries provide support for doctors and consultants, dealing with correspondence, booking appointments, handling queries and liaising with other health professionals.
Medical secretaries might work for one consultant or within a group practice, This is an administrative role, and requires you to have excellent office skills, including typing, minute taking, shorthand and making travel arrangements.
As a medical secretary, you will also be dealing with patients and their relatives in a hospital or health centre environment. For this reason, you will need excellent communication and people skills.
Training to be a medical secretary requires no minimum qualification, although you should have a good standard of education (Level 2), along with excellent typing and computer skills.
Ideally, you should hold an RSA Secretarial Diploma, or similar qualification from an awarding body such as City & Guilds or OCR, which will include business administration, typing, audio transcription, computer skills and shorthand.
Other Qualifications Needed
As well as possessing secretarial and administrative skills, medical secretaries will
be expected to have a good grasp of medical terminology. Diplomas in medical secretary studies are awarded by City & Guilds through the Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers and Receptionists (AMSPAR) and The British Society of Medical Secretaries and Administrators (BSMSA).
Average Working Hours Per Week = 35-40 hours a week
Common Working Pattern
Time Taken To Qualify
6 months to 1 year
What Next/Career Development
Experienced medical secretaries can take on additional responsibilities, such as team management or managing a health practice.
Facts And Figures
There are about 2,300 hospitals and 7,600 GP practices in the UK.
(Source: NHS Confederation)
The health sector employs 2 million people, or 5.5% of the working age population of the UK.
(Source: National Careers Service, 2013)