Current starting salary for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is approximately £22,444, excluding London allowance. Current NHS employees have the opportunity of capped salary protection (conditions apply). Graduates also receive study leave and National Health Service (NHS) pension entitlement. Private sector management training schemes tend to pay slightly more.
First post salary varies according to the position, but the average within the NHS is between £27,000 and £37,000. Typical NHS salaries start at Band 6 or 7 (£25,783 - £30,764) on the Agenda for Change pay scale.
The most senior roles within the NHS rise to band 9 (£77,850 - £98,453). Salaries in the private sector may be slightly higher.
For details of NHS pay structures, performance review, etc, see the Agenda for Change.
Working hours are often 9am to 5pm but, in certain roles and specialist areas, shifts may be required. A flexible attitude is needed and extra hours should be expected during certain periods. Managers may sometimes be on-call during evenings or weekends.
Work is usually office-based, but in large organisations managers may spend time in different parts of the site.
The NHS believes strongly in a good work-life balance for their managers and encourages flexible approaches to working. There are often opportunities for managers to work part time or to job-share. Some trusts provide career break options.
NHS organisations often have well-developed equal opportunities policies. Women make up nearly 80% of the total NHS workforce, although there are more men than women in senior positions.
NHS vacancies are available across the UK. Larger hospital trusts tend to be located in more densely populated areas, while smaller, community-based practices can be found across most locations.
Dress code varies, but most managers are expected to dress smartly.
Managers are expected to implement new policies, often in adverse situations. The rapid rate of change and demands of new government or local initiatives can lead to stressful periods in some roles. Because of the wide public interest in health matters, the management and effectiveness of health services will often come under public scrutiny.
In the course of implementing new budgets, systems and policies, managers may also occasionally encounter lobbying from representatives of the medical professions.
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