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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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