Graduate scheme

Start your journey in Finance

Join our Finance scheme and we’ll offer you a real opportunity to shape services, find efficiencies and develop new ways of working that are better for the NHS and therefore benefit us all.

You’ll develop skills and experience in strategic and operational finance as well as financial and management accounting. No trainee day is ‘typical’, the scale of the NHS means that we have a variety of placement types and locations available. Recent trainees have worked in hospitals, reviewing cost efficiencies of operating theatres and wards – as well as in office locations, working on annual reports and pension planning. You will be given early responsibility on the scheme but also work collaboratively with operational and clinical colleagues, to ensure the financial viability of services.


We will support you to gain a professional finance and accountancy qualification from the Chartered Institute of Public and Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

You will study for 12 modules, including Management Accounting and Financial Accounting, Audit and Assurance, Company Financial Reporting and Financial Management, submitting a strategic case study at the end of the scheme.

Trainees on all specialisms work towards a post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Leadership in their first year on the scheme. In addition to formal qualifications, trainees also participate in experiential and action learning, to develop their leadership skills more broadly.

Teaching is delivered during working hours, but trainees can expect to complete coursework and revision in their own time.

Career path

The Trainees have gone on to succeed in challenging and rewarding careers across the NHS in roles such as finance manager, business analyst, management accountant, pricing analyst and eventually senior management roles include Director of Finance and Business Partner.

We’re looking for leadership potential. To help you achieve yours, every trainee is supported by a:

  • Programme manager to support your progress through the scheme
  • Support manager to provide pastoral support for the duration of the scheme
  • Placement manager on each placement
  • Buddy – usually a trainee from the previous cohort
  • Local NHS Leadership and Lifelong Learning network – host local events and manage alumni networks
  • Trainee Experience Support Group – advocate for trainees within the NHS

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