NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)
graduate scheme
Expires24 days

General Management Trainee

Job description

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) offers trainees a 20-day induction, in-role experience on placements, post-graduate education and pastoral care. Also, the freedom of a 2 month ‘flexi’ placement designed by you. Our programme supports you in developing skills, experience and confidence to begin your leadership journey successfully.

You’ll be on the Scheme for 2 years and as one of 250 trainees across 6 specialisms, you will join a network of future leaders in the NHS. Trainees earn an average of £40k in their first NHS role, after graduating from the Scheme.

Join General Management and learn how to lead teams to perform at their best. Our trainees are supported to add value and take responsibility for teams from the start of their journey as managers in the NHS. You’ll develop management and interpersonal skills through working with colleagues, exposing you to different management styles – as well as academic and experiential study modules. You’ll enhance team performance and improve service delivery by setting and meeting key performance indicators.

Recent placements include operational manager of a clinical service area, project manager in a Clinical Commissioning Group, strategy manager in an NHS Trust and service transformation lead in an Integrated Care System.

General Management trainees work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership, awarded by the University of Birmingham. You will also participate in experiential learning and Action Learning Sets, to develop leadership skills using real-world scenarios.

General Management trainees have gone on to succeed in leadership roles across the NHS. Recent alumni roles include: Outpatient Deputy General Manager, Clinical Services Support Manager, Strategy & Partnership Manager and Delivery & Service Improvement Manager.

“People think work in the NHS is all clinical but that’s really not the case. The General Management specialism allows me to work closely with staff and have a positive impact on patients. I wanted to be as involved as possible in a non-clinical position and this was the best way to do that.” Mia, General Management

Join the NHS GMTS and make a difference to the lives of millions of people. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe, and we have placements available across England.

Our non-clinical scheme offers you the opportunity to develop into a future leader in one of our specialisms including General Management, HR, Finance, Policy & Strategy and Data Analysis. 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.

Additional benefits

Competitive salary

You’ll receive a minimum starting salary of £26,382 on commencement, plus where applicable (dependant on the location of your placement) the NHS High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS).

All trainees, subject to satisfactory probation and ongoing work and academic performance, will receive a 5% increase after 12 months.

Fully funded study package

Education is an important component of the NHS GMTS. You’ll study for at least one professional qualification during your time with us. There are no academic costs to trainees, the qualifications are fully funded.


A crucial benefit of the programme is the network you will be part of – not only with other trainees, but experts and leaders, HR and learning professionals as well as other key stakeholders in the programme. This provides a great opportunity to share insights and learn from each other, gaining knowledge about the wider organisation.

NHS Pension Scheme

We will automatically enrol you onto the highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme when you start with us.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Programme is a 24 hours a day 7 days a week confidential service, which can support colleagues with a range of issues including relationships, stress, legal and financial concerns, bereavement and discrimination.

Cycle to work

The Cycle2Work scheme is available through Halfords, Tredz and various independent retailers. It’s run via salary sacrifice, meaning you will pay less tax and National Insurance, allowing you to make savings of up to 47% on the cost of hiring a new bike and equipment. This is to the value of between £100 and £3,000. The scheme is available once you have completed your probation period.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for candidates with potential to develop into the NHS leaders of tomorrow. Our placements are challenging but rewarding and you’ll be required to undertake post-graduate study.

A commitment to improving people’s health and their experience of the NHS is crucial of course. If you’re thinking about joining our Scheme, it’s important to consider the principles and values that will become core to your role as a trainee and as a future leader. The NHS Constitution for England sets out the principles that bind together the communities and people the NHS serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it. The Scheme, and indeed all NHS jobs, are open to eligible candidates from all backgrounds.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

East Midlands
East of England
North East England
North West England
South East England
South West England
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber

plus benefits

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term

Start Date 4 September 2023


How to apply

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.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 October 2022

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Closing date:  31 October 2022

Expires24 days

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