Policy & Strategy Management Training Scheme
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The NHS Policy & Strategy 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. Driving up standards, delivering deeper value for money and continuing the progress to become a healthier nation will require total focus, unwavering commitment, and a whole lot of heart. But for every challenge you’ll face, there’ll be twice as many rewards waiting for you.
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 why we are 8th in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and have been in their Top Ten Employers since 2003.
There’s no better time to join this scheme. The NHS is at a turning point. The values of our health service haven’t changed since its inception in 1948, but the world we live in has. It’s time to change, to evolve. It’s time to transform the NHS and the way we provide care. This is your time to shine. It’ll be complex, challenging and career defining.
We’ll help you get your head around the complexities and design inspiring strategies. Naturally, you’ll need to be the type of person who doesn’t see problems, only exciting challenges that you can’t wait to start exploring innovative solutions for.
With a proven blend of work placements and specialist training, your learning experience will be second-to-none.
Over two years you’ll have four work placements, gaining hands-on experience of how the health service interacts with government, frontline services, think tanks and academia. You’ll develop skills in evidence-based policy making, systems thinking and strategy development, and work with clinicians, economists and thought leaders to develop programmes that will make a real impact on patients’ lives. At the same time you’ll also work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Policy. 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 induction includes 20 days in which you 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 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.
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. Our nationwide remit means you should be ready to make a difference anywhere in England.
You don’t need any previous relevant work experience but you will need:
- To believe in the principles and values 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)
If you’ve got the drive, you’ll secure an amazing future.
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