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Join the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and make a difference to the lives of millions of people.  We are the biggest employer in Europe and have placements available across England.

Our scheme offers you the opportunity to develop into a future leader in one of our specialisms including management, human resources, finance, policy and data analytics. Our trainees work in a range of organisations and types of services. You could be improving patient care in a busy hospital department or developing better ways of using data to improve key services as part of an office-based team. You will face challenges and enjoy success on a scheme where no two days are the same. This could be the start of an amazing journey.

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General Management

Leading teams and driving change, at the heart of the NHS. Develop the skills to innovate, project manage, inspire others to support your vision – and deliver exceptional results.

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Modelling a better future for communities everywhere. Shape services, find efficiencies, drive effectiveness and develop new ways of working that are better for all.

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Supporting the people who give so much. You’ll learn how to recruit, support and retain staff and help individuals and teams meet their potential. You’ll improve capability across the NHS to improve patient services.

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Policy & Strategy

Turning commitments into care. Develop the expertise to understand the challenges of today and those likely to face the NHS in the future. Design the policies and strategies that will ensure the NHS meets the needs of patients today and generations to come.

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Health Informatics

Create the digital service of tomorrow. Get involved in the design and implementation of data systems to help the NHS improve services and predict the demands on healthcare services in the future.

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Health Analytics

Using data to bring people back to health. Use statistical approaches to understand data sets and inform crucial decisions on healthcare provision and planning.

Pay & benefits

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Our starting salary for trainees is £25,368, with the opportunity for a 5% increase after 12 months. You’ll be automatically enrolled into the NHS pension scheme and be eligible for staff discounts and a travel season-ticket loan. On average, our trainees earn around £40,000 in their first NHS role on leaving the scheme.


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Our recruitment process is designed to assess your strengths. It’s not about what you’ve studied, the university you went to or the work experience you might have done. We’re interested in finding out your potential to become a future NHS leader.

Trainee stories

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Meet our trainees and hear about their experiences on the scheme. Discover their motivations for joining, challenges faced and rewards enjoyed. They’re talented and inspirational future NHS leaders with lots of advice on how to apply and succeed as future trainees.

DHSC Health Policy Fast Track

The Department of Health and Social Care is recruiting for their Health Policy Fast Track Scheme. You’ll gain hands-on experience of how health policy is developed and delivered by Government and gain the skills to develop into a policy professional and health care leader.

The Times Top 100

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The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has moved up the prestigious Times Top 100 Graduate Employers ranking, from 4th place in 2020 to 3rd in 2021.  Earlier this year, the Scheme won ‘Graduate Employer of Choice’ in the General Management category, at The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards 2021.


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Click here to register for our online webinars.  Meet our trainees and alumni to find out more about life on the Scheme.

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