The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a fast-track programme to prepare you to work as a senior manager in healthcare.

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme introduces you to health service management, provides support to develop your knowledge and skills and gives you hands-on experience.

During the Scheme you are employed on a fixed-term contract and receive a salary.

The Scheme lasts for two years (two and a half years if you’re specialising in finance). It includes:

  • intensive foundation training
  • structured work placements, training alongside experienced clinicians and managers
  • an education programme leading to either a professional or a postgraduate qualification, depending on your specialism
  • specialist management development training including support and careers guidance

Additional Graduate Management Programme

In addition to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, the NHS Leadership Academy has developed a Graduate Management Programme in conjunction with the Department of Health, Skills for Care and social care employers. 

This programme consists of a 12-month work placement with a social care organisation, including a secondment within a healthcare setting. You’ll also complete two qualifications, which will challenge you to develop your knowledge and management skills.

Find out more about the Skills for Care Graduate Management Programme