Entry Requirements

Applications for our September 2021 intake will open in October 2020.

We take your future seriously. We’ve invested time and resources into developing the tools, training, techniques, and commitment to diversity that are essential to shaping our leaders of the future. If you are a graduate committed to our vision, with passion, resilience and determination, here’s where you can really make a difference.

Applications for our September 2021 intake will open in October 2020.

Please see the tabs below for the entry requirements for the individual specialisms.

GMTS requirements

In addition to the specific requirements we ask for a 2:2 degree minimum in any subject (some degree equivalents are also acceptable)

This applies to graduates and to NHS in-service staff equally.

OR

A postgraduate qualification (MBA, Masters, PhD)

OR

Degree level equivalent qualifications that are health or management related, such as:

NVQ Level 5 in Management

Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)

Diploma in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Visiting (Dip HE Nursing) etc.

Diploma from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Diploma in Speech & Language Therapy

Diploma from the College of Occupational Therapy (DipCOT)

Diploma from the College of Radiographers (DCR)

Diploma in Social Work (DSW) or the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)

We do not accept the following qualifications:

Certificate in Management Studies

DipHE (Diploma of Higher Education) in any subject other than that listed above

ONC/OND (Ordinary National Certificate/Diploma)

HNC/HND (Higher National Certificate/Diploma)

CGLI/C&G (City & Guilds)

ODA/ODP Certificate or Diploma (Operating Department Assistant/Operating Department Practice)

Key requirements for all Scheme specialisms:

Our Scheme has a significant academic study element so, whichever specialism you choose, you’ll need a strong aptitude for assimilating, analysing and explaining complex concepts, data and statistics.

DHSC requirements

 For the Department of Health and Social Care Health Policy Fast Track Scheme you need to have at least a 2.1 degree, in any subject.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from individuals who are currently studying or have completed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme offered by the NHS Leadership Academy.

You can, however, apply to join another specialism if you wish.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from individuals who are already qualified or have completed the first stage (e.g. the ‘Professional Certificate’, ‘Professional Diploma’ or ‘Strategic’ papers) of the professional accountancy qualification CIPFA. All our Finance trainees have to take this qualification as part of the Scheme and the educational component has been designed specifically for the NHS. You can, however, apply to join another specialism if you wish.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

If you are Level 3 and/or Level 5 CIPD qualified you are eligible to apply for the HR specialism, however you will not be awarded any exemptions.

If you are Level 7 CIPD qualified you will not be eligible to apply for the HR specialism but you can apply to join another specialism if you wish.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

Candidates should have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree in a numerate subject, or one with at least 30% numerate content.

Examples of numerate degrees are Statistics, Mathematics, Operational Research, Econometrics, Physics, Engineering, Accounting, Biology, Economics, Business, Chemistry, Finance, Geography, IT, Management Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences and Systems Science.

You can, however, apply to join another specialism if you wish.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

We cannot accept applications from individuals who are already qualified or have a post graduate qualification in Health Informatics.

You can, however, apply to join another specialism if you wish.

As well as the minimum eligibility requirements, you will also need to note the following:

We cannot accept applications from individuals who have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Policy.

You can, however, apply to join another specialism if you wish.

To be eligible to apply for the DHSC Health Policy Graduate Scheme you need to have at least a 2:1 degree, in any subject. Our Scheme has a significant academic study element so you’ll need a strong aptitude for assimilating, analysing and explaining complext concepts, data and statistics.

Existing Civil Servants – If you’re a current DHSC employee and have served your probation, you can apply without a degree.  If you’re on a higher salary (and at grade SEO and below) this will be protected, in addition to your existing terms and conditions so you do not suffer a detriment.

All candidates require legal permission to work in the UK for the entire duration of the GMTS and it is your responsibility to ensure you have the right visa throughout.

GMTS Trainees will be in full-time employment for the whole Scheme. This is not a student programme.

As with all parts of the NHS, we use public funds when we recruit to the Scheme and we ask that you consider this and all the right to work conditions BEFORE you apply for a place on GMTS. If you apply for the Scheme and do not have your right to work in place your application/offer will be withdrawn.

Do you have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the GMTS?

To take up an offer of employment with GMTS, you need to show us that you do. You also need to notify us immediately if there are any changes to your immigration status after you’ve applied.

Any offer made for GMTS is subject to pre-employment checks which include your immigration status. If you do not pass all these checks you will not be permitted to commence the Scheme.

Tier 2 – Sponsorship to work in the UK

All offers of GMTS employment are subject to candidates being granted permission to work under the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) Scheme. This permission is granted by UK Visa and Immigration only.

We will accept applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship who are currently in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, however, we will not sponsor applicants who are either currently employed under Tier 2 sponsorship or are a Tier 4 dependant, e.g. a spouse or dependent.

Please note that we can only offer sponsorship to a very limited number of applicants and this is only available for placements in the London region. We allocate offers on a ranking (assessment score based) process and do not allocate to region solely due to visa requirements. Applicants should therefore be aware that while they may reach the benchmark at assessment it may not be possible for us to offer sponsorship. In this instance we would be required to withdraw the application.

If you have accepted an offer and are switching from a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to a Tier 2 (General) visa, you must remain in the UK between completing your studies and your start date on the GMTS. Please be aware that this could affect any travel plans you have leading up to your start date. We cannot progress with an application for a Tier 2 (General) Visa from outside the UK.

Other information

If you have succeeded in the GMTS selection process, passed the pre-employment checks and received a trainee offer you will undertake at least two years’ work experience, professional leadership training and academic qualifications. At the end of the GMTS scheme you are expected to take up employment in the NHS within two years. Failure to do this will mean that we will look to recoup the educational costs of your time on GMTS.

Further information about permission to work in the UK

The guidance and rules about working in the UK can change.

You should review the following UK government websites for further information depending on your personal circumstances:

Visa and Immigration homepage

Work in the UK – UK Visa and Immigration Home Office

UK Council for International Student Affairs

General Work Visa (Tier 2)

Overseas Criminal Records Certificates

From April 2017, all Tier 2 applicants and their adult dependant(s) must provide a criminal record for any country they have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years.  Successful applicants are responsible for obtaining the criminal record check directly from each country they have resided in and details of how to do this can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

We don’t require any specific work experience for our Graduate Management Training Scheme. However, any tangible examples of work experience (paid or unpaid) you can gain will be helpful at the interview stage. For example, you could volunteer at your local hospital. This would be a great way to get valuable experience and gain a better understanding of the challenges facing the NHS.

The NHS is proud of its highly diverse workforce. We provide healthcare to people from a variety of backgrounds, communities and cultures, and it’s crucial to this service delivery that the NHS can match this diversity with its workforce. For this reason the Scheme, and indeed all NHS jobs, are open to people from all backgrounds.

Alert:

Applications for the September 2021 intake will open in October 2020