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Medical secretaries

£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£26,000 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


Medical secretaries deal with correspondence, make appointments and handle patients’ queries; file and maintain medical and other records; transcribe notes and dictation; and perform other clerical tasks in hospitals/surgeries and other medical establishments.

Main Tasks

  • Sorts and files correspondence and maintains diary of the person/s for whom he/she works;
  • Transcribes dictation into required format;
  • Maintains patients’ records and arranges appointments;
  • Answers enquiries and refers patient to appropriate experts;
  • Organises and attends meetings and takes minutes of proceedings;
  • Books resources such as rooms and refreshments, and orders stationery and other supplies as appropriate.


Entrants require GCSEs/S grades or an Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ Level II. To qualify as a medical secretary, entrants take a one-year full-time or two-year part-time diploma in medical secretarial studies. NVQs/SVQs in Administration are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What Medical secretaries studied in higher education

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What Medical secretaries studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy1
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy2
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology3
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology11
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry3
(Q3) English studies6
(L2) Politics2
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic3
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine5
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology4
(N6) Human resource management1
(V5) Philosophy1
(T7) American studies1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies4
(X3) Academic studies in education3
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

71800 Workforce Size
24.77% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
7956 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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