Healthcare Management : a career focused on Human Being

Healthcare Management

Management within healthcare structures is a true vocation as well as a permanent challenge with multiple implications. The health field requires specifically trained personnel. They must be able to ensure the functioning of health and medico-social establishments by taking into account very diverse dimensions whose central element must remain the human being and his well-being.

Missions and workfields of Health Care Management

The management team-members must be able to ensure the efficient management of an establishment whose activity never ceases, and depends on the personnel present as well as on the equipment, all of which is framed by strict health and safety regulations. The well-being, health and even the life of the people under care are the entire responsibility of the good management of the establishment.

The missions are therefore diverse : 

  • Management and piloting of resources, equipment and activities
  • Financial and strategic management
  • Management of staff and teams, quality of life at work
  • Development and innovation

The constant transformation of healthcare systems and care methods, as well as new developments in terms of care and medical services, are all part of the constant monitoring required of managers, along with the monitoring of safety standards.

Skills and Qualities of the Healthcare Manager

  • Knowing how to think multidimensionally

With a great capacity for management and organization, the healthcare manager must also have a good sense of priorities, and always link these trade-offs to the human dimension by taking into account the well-being of both staff and patients. 

  • Adaptability, agility, innovation

In order to keep up with the perpetual evolution of the health sector, the management manager must, in addition to a broad general culture, be able to react quickly and implement new strategies in order to develop the capacities of his establishment according to the needs. He/she must also be open to the various innovations in the field and continuously propose evolutions and development paths.

  • Ethical sense and human values

Health care institutions are constantly undergoing in-depth reform and implementing new ways of operating.These changes in systems, both organizational and human, have a direct effect on the health of staff, whose professional stress increases and sometimes leads to cases of exhaustion and burn-out. The healthcare manager must be able to listen and take into consideration the difficulties of both staff and patients under their care.

Job market and professional opportunities in the Healthcare sector

The increasing demand for care due to therapeutic innovations, the aging of the population and chronic diseases, logically increases the need for managers of health care institutions. The diversity of specialties in these structures offers many opportunities depending on the profiles.

  • Director/Manager of a health care facility
  • Director/Manager of homecare facilities
  • Director of personal assistance networks
  • In charge of implementing and monitoring health policies in international, national and regional health agencies
  • Coordinator of institutional networks
  • Consultant / Manager of quality and health risk management