Working as a Clinical Director

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Sarah Peddie

If you are thinking about a clinical director role then it could mean that you could take charge of your career and increase your earnings whilst also making a difference to others. The position of leadership will allow you to guide the direction of an organisation and influence the lives of patients and families within your facility. 

A role like this could push you out of your comfort zone and give you some challenges but it would be rewarding. 

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we take a look at what it takes to be a clinical director, what it would be like to work in the role and what steps you have to take to be qualified for the job.

What is a clinical director?

A clinical director leads a team of healthcare providers in both large and small facilities. They manage and guide their team of healthcare workers towards reaching the goals of the organisation so that patients can receive the best care possible. 

They work with teams of many different sizes depending on the healthcare facility they work in. If a clinical director works in a large hospital or clinic then they will likely be responsible for managing a specific department, for example, nursing, surgery or physical therapy. In a smaller facility like a medical practice then they are more likely to be in charge of the whole place.

What does the role consist of?

The duties of the role can vary depending on the type of facility a clinical director works for, what specific department they oversee and the size of the team. Clinical directors are likely to spend their days developing policies and goals, meetings with their team, evaluating staff and setting budgets. 


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When working in a smaller facility, they tend to have multiple job duties. Clinical directors can cover multiple roles from receptionist to office manager. Above all else, their main duty is to manage the staff and ensure good quality of patient care.

In a larger hospital or clinic will have more specific roles that focus on their team rather than the facility. They are responsible for scheduling, managing finance reports and putting staff procedures in place. They are also in charge of hiring and training new staff members. They might also represent their department of facility meetings and collaborate with other healthcare managers to help set up and work towards certain goals. 

What skills do you need?

Clinical directors are responsible for setting the tone of the work culture of everyone they supervise and this takes strong leadership and organisational skills. Having good communications skills, problem solving and working well within a team are also important skills to have if you are thinking about going for a clinical director job. 

The job also requires experience with technical skills related to healthcare such as patient care, staff management, clinical research and project management.

How to get a job as a clinical director?

A clinical director career is widely accessible to people outside the healthcare industry. Most clinical directors have at least a Bachelor’s degree with a Masters. These degrees focus on combining medical knowledge with administration skills such as healthcare administration, clinical administration, medical science, psychology or similar fields.

If you are doing a Master’s degree then there are things you can do to gain experience during your time at university. Try and learn as much as possible about leadership and management - taking this initiative will help you gain valuable experience.

If you are looking for a clinical director job then register Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job!