Applications are now closed for 2024 entry.
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 passion and potential to become a future NHS leader.
Complete by 31 October 2023 23.59. This takes approximately 40 mins and if everything looks good, we’ll invite you to stage 1 of the assessment process, which you can start straight away.
Stage 1 Online assessment
The strengths-based online assessment will take you approximately 40 mins to complete – although it’s not time limited. This will help you learn more about the work you’d be doing on the Scheme.
Stage 1 must be completed by 10 November 23.59, so the earlier you apply, the more time you’ll have to complete the rest of your assessments. If you are successful, you’ll be invited to the next stage. All candidates will receive a feedback report.
Stage 2 Work-based scenarios
You can take this assessment as soon as you’ve been notified of success at stage 1. This stage will include video responses, giving you a great opportunity to show us more about you as an individual. Stage 2 will take approximately 60 mins to complete. Some of the video-based questions will be timed, but don’t worry – you’ll have plenty of time to prepare before recording your answers. You’ll even have an opportunity to practice with an unscored question first.
Stage 2 must be completed by 17 November 23.59. All candidates will receive a feedback report at this stage. Successful candidates will be invited to the Virtual Assessment Centre (VAC).
VACs will start in January 2024 and run until the end of February 2024.
Stage 3 Virtual Assessment Centre (VAC)
During this half-day VAC, we’ll ask you to complete several engaging strengths-based exercises. You’ll meet the NHS team and other candidates. As with the earlier online assessments, you’ll be encouraged to just be yourself and enjoy the experience. We’ll provide a feedback report after this stage, regardless of the outcome.
Following your VAC, we’ll contact you with one of three possible outcomes:
1. Successful at VAC – an immediate offer will be made
2. On the reserve list – we’ll get in touch again if a place on the Scheme becomes available
3. Unsuccessful at VAC
This is our process of matching candidates who have been offered a place on the Scheme to available placements. This is not part of the assessment, the VAC is the final assessment stage for candidates. During allocation, we consider the assessment scores and preferences of hundreds of successful candidates – and compare these with the placement roles offered by NHS employers.
Offer and onboarding
Candidates who have passed their VAC and been successfully matched with a placement are offered a place on the Scheme. We’ll contact you to begin pre-employment checks and onboarding – so you’re ready to join the Scheme at our Welcome Event in Leeds in early-September 2024.
If you’re considering applying, or wondering if you’re a good fit for the Scheme, we recommend you visit our Preparation Hub. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about your own values and learning styles, while exploring our assessment process.
The Preparation Hub includes information and practice exercises for each stage of the assessment process. The questions are similar to those you’ll be asked in our assessments.
There is no requirement to work through the exercises in the Preparation Hub. However, it’s a useful tool as you prepare for the assessments and we encourage you to use it. It’s a great way to check that your equipment and internet connection will work well with our assessment platform too.
Reasonable adjustment and assessor training
Disclosure is a very personal decision, but we think it’s really important to let us know if you need any reasonable adjustment during the selection process. We respect your privacy and don’t insist on you sharing details you want to keep private. We just need enough information to confirm what adjustments need to be put in place. We will also ask if the medical condition is something our VAC team need to be aware of, to provide the right support.
All assessors are fully trained, including in recognising and avoiding unconscious bias, to ensure a fair and inclusive experience for all candidates.
Check you meet our entry requirements before starting your application.
The Scheme is open to current NHS employees, known as ‘in-service’ trainees.
Wondering which of our Scheme specialisms is right for you?
Try our Specialism Selector tool. It’ll ask you questions about your interests, work preferences – and the aspects of a career in NHS leadership you are attracted to.
We’ll suggest two specialisms that might be a good fit for you. The tool is for guidance only – you can apply to any specialism you’re eligible for.
I have just started the final year of my degree. Can I apply now?
Yes, you can apply now providing you meet all the entry requirements listed on our website. You must be in possession of your final confirmed degree classification (minimum 2:2) by mid-August 2024. Successful candidates will join the Scheme in early-September 2024.
I have application queries – who can I contact?
Any queries or concerns relating to your application can be sent to our assessment team [email protected]. The team aim to respond to emails within 3 working days.
I can’t find the answer to my question here. Can I contact you?
Yes. Please email our assessment team [email protected]. The team aim to respond to emails within 3 working days.