The NHS is like no other organisation on earth. Born out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, it is one of the world’s largest publicly funded health services. It has a budget of over £100 billion and employs more than 1 million people, including some 90,000 hospital doctors, 35,000 GPs, 400,000 nurses and 16,000 ambulance staff. This alone makes it the single biggest employer in Europe.
The NHS is like no other organisation on earth. Born out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, it is one of the world’s largest publicly funded health services. It has a budget of over £90 billion and employs more than 1 million people, including some 90,000 hospital doctors, 35,000 GPs, 400,000 nurses and 16,000 ambulance staff. This alone makes it the single biggest employer in Europe.
The interview for all STP trainee positions take place in Birmingham. They include 4 interviews/assessments, in a 'speed-dating' type setting. You have 10 minutes at each station, where you are interviewed…
The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme lasts up to two years (2½ years for Finance) it has been explicitly designed to create the organisation’s future leaders. It consists of four specialisms: Finance Management, General Management, Human Resources Management, and Health Informatics Management. Graduates specialise in one of these areas, acquiring relevant professional qualifications along the way.
Working for NHS will often mean standing up to high levels of public scrutiny and having your decisions closely inspected. You will need to be tenacious and resilient and able to respond to an ever changing environment whilst keeping patient care at the heart of what the NHS do.
The Graduate Management Training Scheme offers a fast-track route to a senior-level role and is a uniquely demanding experience. To succeed you will need the confidence to tackle complex problems head on and the intelligence to contribute new ideas but above all, the desire to improve people's health and their experience of the NHS.
Name: Sagar Shah
Role: Graduate Finance Management Trainee
I studied at the University of Nottingham and have joined the NHS scheme, finance stream. After a month induction you start your first placement, which lasts about 8 months. You then start your second placement and have a flexi-placement outside the NHS during this time.
The first placement focuses on financial accounting, the second on the strategic side of finance. I will work in three divisions of Imperial College Healthcare Trust using what I have learnt to manage a strategic overview of different services.
My role indirectly affects patient health which is the main reason why I choose the NHS. There are many avenues where the finance function can help, and I get to experience working with different services and have patient interaction. I want to have an impact and this scheme offers this and more. There is a focus on personal development. The learning never stops.
Reading alumni profiles, the scheme puts trainees in a position to make a difference, and I want to be next on the conveyor belt driving this change. I will use what I have learnt throughout my career. Trainees are taught to be future leaders. I know I will be one.
Name: Christine Oakley
Role: Finance Management Graduate Trainee
Joined: September 2010
"I applied for the scheme as it was one of the few schemes what recruited based on more than just educational qualifications. The training provided on the scheme is comprehensive and hard work but it is the practical element which sets it apart. As a trainee you are encouraged to manage your own experience and this allows you to get involved in a wide variety of projects."
Christine achieved the 1st ever perfect score in her CIMA exam.
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9th December 2013