General Management – NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

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The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is nothing less than a life defining experience. Where else can you have a positive impact on the lives of 56 million people, including your own?

Transforming and shaping our services around ever-evolving patient needs, delivering deeper value for money and driving up standards. This is complex work that requires total focus and unwavering commitment. So the next two years of your life will be very demanding. But it will give your career a brilliant trajectory - because we’ve designed these schemes to create the NHS chief executives and directors of tomorrow.

You’ll experience a career full of outstanding development opportunities and exposure to leadership strategies delivered by NHS experts, international healthcare providers and private sector organisations. And for every challenge you’ll face, there’ll be twice as many rewards waiting for you.

The challenge

This high profile, fast-track graduate development scheme will enable you to become a future leader, improving people's health and their experience of the NHS. With an offer like that, it’s no wonder we are fourth in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and have been in their Top Ten Employers since 2003.

A progressive career in leadership and management begins with our General Management specialism. It will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make real improvements at the frontline of healthcare delivery.

This could include establishing, leading and directing strategy; building organisational capabilities; leading operations; ensuring financial viability; or directing relationships with stakeholders. Your ultimate destination is an Executive Director or Chief Executive position within an NHS setting.

The training

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare in England, so your training and experiences will be very diverse too. To get the most out of it, you’ll need to be bright, bold and open-minded. You’ll also need to be flexible. You must be ready to gain exposure to the NHS at different levels, around different cultures and viewpoints - and anywhere in the country.

Over two years, you will study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with the option to continue to a diploma. You’ll take part in a varied, challenging education and development programme, with training designed to enhance your personal and leadership development. At the same time, you’ll develop on the job, through a series of challenging placements. Throughout, you’ll enjoy support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and some of the best minds in the NHS.

Unique touches set the scheme apart. Your orientation includes 20 days in which you set the agenda, experiencing NHS life on the frontline. So if you want to ride with an ambulance crew or observe an autopsy, you can. Later, you’ll arrange a 2 month ‘flexi-placement’ which will take you outside the NHS - it’s about you acquiring new perspectives to bring back to help the NHS.

Who can apply?

We’re looking for high-calibre ambitious people who are keen to help deliver positive transformational change in a complex organisation - never forgetting that we’re here to improve people's health and their experience of the NHS.

The challenge of taking on diverse placements in a full-time role, while undertaking training and study, means that self-motivation and superb organisational skills are vital. We expect you to be tenacious and resilient, with passion and confidence. We will endeavour to place you in a preferred region, but our nationwide remit means you should be ready to make a difference anywhere in England.

We are passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively and welcome candidates that represent the society the NHS supports. You could already be established in your career, be currently working in the NHS or have recently graduated - either way we would love to hear from you.

You don’t need any previous relevant work experience but you will need:

  • To believe in the principles and value that binds together the communities and people the NHS serves and the staff who work for it
    • The potential to become an outstanding leader
    • A commitment to improving people's health and their experience of the NHS
    • Excellent communication skills and the ability to develop professional networks
    • Strong analytical capabilities, including the ability to solve problems
    • Flexibility, creativity and innovation
    • A minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline (secured or expected) or degree level equivalent health or management qualification

If you’ve got the drive, you’ll secure an amazing future. Recent trainees have already progressed to senior posts within the NHS.

Opening Date - 12 October 2020

Closing Date - 11 December 2020

Estimated job commencement date 6 September 2021

Salary c £24,628 - vacancies across England

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The closing date for applications is 18 December. We advise you to complete your application as soon as possible as applications may close early if high volumes are received.



The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme specialises in life-defining moments. Nowhere else can what you learn as a graduate have the potential to help 53 million people all across England.

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