NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

The award winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) has been running for 60 years and its alumni include three out of the last four NHS Chief Executives, including the current Chief Executive, David Nicholson. The Scheme recruits trainees to its two-year programme, which offers a fast track blended learning experience to trainees consisting of rotational work experiences across the NHS system, professional academic qualifications, personal learning and development, and exposure to high level NHS stakeholders.

How is the scheme run?

The scheme is hosted by the NHS Leadership Academy but delivered in partnership across the NHS system by the Academy, along with the East Midlands Leadership Academy development team, to provide an integrated holistic learning experience for the trainee.

Purpose of the scheme

The purpose of the Graduate Management Training Scheme is to identify, recruit and develop talented individuals who have the potential to become the future leaders of the NHS. The scheme is leading edge in its design and delivery, utilising a full range of learning approaches, and sets the standard for fast track leadership development at 'entry level management and leadership' in the NHS. It is continually updated to reflect the changing nature of excellence in leadership, and embeds the new skills, attitudes and behaviours into its fast track leaders at the scale and pace required to ensure that the NHS gets what it needs from the Scheme

It creates a deep, diverse and rich pool of talent ready to start the journey to senior leadership positions across the NHS. The scheme instills the following key factors in each of its trainees:  that it is their mission to improve healthcare for the benefit of the patient, to uphold the NHS Constitution and to live by the values of the NHS.

Scheme statistics

The scheme consistently outperforms other major graduate recruiters in terms of its overall retention rates. As an example, the retention rate for year one of the Scheme stands at 97.5 per cent, compared with 93 per cent of other graduate recruiters1.

Some of its recent successes highlighting the scheme's best practice approach to leadership development include:

- Currently rated 6th in The Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters

- Placed 1st in the Guardian Top 300 Graduate Employers 2011

- Best New Provider of Work Experience in the National Placement & Internship Awards for 2011

- Winner of the Diversity Award in CIPD’s Recruitment Marketing Awards 2010

- Winner of CIMA's ‘Large Employer’ category of its annual awards November 2011

- Winner of the 'Graduate Employer of Choice in Human Resources' award in the 2011 The Times Top 100 Graduate Recruitment Awards  

- Winner of the 'Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in the Public Sector' award in the 2012 Target Jobs awards   

- Winner of the 'Graduate Employer of Choice in Human Resources' in 2012 The Times Top 100 Graduate Recruitment Awards  

For the 2016 intake the scheme had nearly 16,000 applicants and recruited around 100 trainees to start in September. There are now five specialisms to choose from: General Management, Human Resource Management, Finance Management, Informatics Management and Policy.

More information about the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme can be found on the NHS Leadership Academy website