The scheme

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 53 million people, including your own? While helping to transform and shape our services around ever-evolving patient needs, you’ll experience a career awash with outstanding development opportunities and exposure to leadership strategies delivered by NHS experts, international healthcare providers and private sector organisations.

But make no mistake. This is no easy ride. To succeed it will take everything you’ve got. But for every challenge you’ll face, there’ll be twice as many rewards waiting for you.

The results

It’s no wonder the scheme has won multiple awards and is highly ranked in The Guardian UK300 and Times Top 100 of most popular graduate employers. Within two to five years of completing the scheme, recent graduates have already progressed to a range of senior posts, with an average starting salary of over £33,000.

The experience

Graduates specialise in one of five areas: Finance Management, General Management, Human Resources Management, Health Informatics Management and Policy and Strategy Management. As you grow personally and professionally you’ll gain specialist skills while receiving full support from a dedicated mentor at Executive level.

Your induction includes 20 days in which you can set the agenda, experiencing NHS life on the frontline. Want to ride with an ambulance crew or observe an autopsy? You can. Later, you will arrange a ‘flexi-placement’ which could take you outside the NHS - it’s all about acquiring new perspectives.

The challenge

Because the scheme offers a fast-track route to a senior-level role, it won’t be long before you’re taking on significant responsibilities in a full-time job across diverse placements.

This calls for strong self-motivation, deep determination and excellent organisational abilities as you tackle complex problems head on and contribute new ideas. Working for the NHS will often mean standing up to high levels of public scrutiny and having your decisions closely inspected. You must be tenacious, resilient and able to respond to constant change. After all, the NHS expects you to be a leader of the future.

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What specialism should I apply for?

When you start your application you’ll be asked which specialism you want to apply for. As you won’t be able to change this specialism once you’ve applied, it’s crucial that you think carefully about your choice of specialism before you apply. Your chosen specialism will obviously dictate the professional qualification you undertake with us and the type of placement you have with us on the scheme. However we expect you to be a leader first, and a specialist in your particular field second. We expect our graduates to work across silos and professional fields. At the end of the Scheme many trainees decide to branch out into different specialisms from which they studied

Do I need management experience?

No, the scheme is designed to develop your leadership skills. However If you have substantial management experience, then you may find that the scheme is not suitable for you.

Is the scheme very competitive?

Hugely. We receive many more applications than there are places. Therefore you have to be fully committed to joining the NHS and our scheme, to persevere with our highly competitive and demanding process.

What support will I get during training?

You'll be supported by your programme and placement managers, mentor, education tutors, fellow trainees, and our large alumni network.

Will I obtain any formal qualifications?

Yes. You'll be supported in achieving professional and post-graduate qualifications that are appropriate to your chosen specialism. All of our trainees, regardless of specialism, complete The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme - a fully accredited programme leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the scheme?

During the scheme you'll be employed on a fixed-term contract. At the end of the scheme we work hard with you to help you secure your first management post in the NHS.

What kind of job might I expect to have at the end of the Scheme?

There's a wide range of posts to choose from across NHS organisations. Your experiences on the Scheme will help you decide what type of job you may wish take up after leaving the scheme.

What kind of salary can I expect after the Scheme?

The average salary on leaving the scheme is currently between £27,000 and £37,000. You can expect possible future earnings of up to £90,000 as a Director or £100,000 plus as a Chief Executive.

How long will the scheme last?

The scheme will last up to 2 years for people on the General Management, HR and Health Informatics specialisms. However, for people on the Finance specialism it will take up to 30 months, due to study for the relevant qualifications.