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Every stage of the application process is designed to assess your relevant skills, experience and behaviours against the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model.

If you have any questions at any point and you’d like to talk directly to current and former members of our Scheme, please visit the ‘Our Insiders’ area of the site.

The application process involves the following stages which will take place between October 2017 and March 2018.

Please note you can only submit one application to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme per intake.

How the process works

Match me tool

Prior to submitting your application, we would advise you to use our Match me tool to ensure that the Scheme is right for you.

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Entry requirements

Before you apply, please ensure that you meet all our entry requirements.

Check eligibility

Online application

Complete an online application form by visiting the Apply section of our website. We will be accepting applications from 16th October 2017 until 11am on 1st December.

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Online tests

Completion of the application form will be followed by some online tests. These tests will focus on your general abilities and how you would respond to situations you would typically face on the Scheme. You’ll start with a Video Situational Judgement Test and a Personality Profiler, before taking a Numerical Reasoning Test (NRT), Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT) and Logical Reasoning Test (LRT). There will be a minimum standard you’ll need to reach on each test before proceeding to the next.

Please note you can only submit one application to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme per intake.

You can take a practice test Logical Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning & Combination Test on each title.


If your application is successful you will have a face to face interview with senior leaders from the NHS on one of the following dates.

London 15th January to 19th January 2018
Leicester 22nd January to 2nd February 2018
Leeds 6th to 8th February 2018

To help you prepare for this event you should read our Healthcare Leadership Model.

Assessment centre

Should you be successful at interview you will be asked to attend an assessment centre. This will involve a mixture of interactive exercises designed to give you an insight into the responsibilities and challenges you would face on the Scheme.

Leeds 6th to 23rd March 2018

To help you prepare for this event you should read our Healthcare Leadership Model.

First day induction

Watch the video for a sneak preview of what your Induction Day will involve.

Stay up to date

We suggest you start preparing now by taking a look at our trainee blogs, and visiting our social media pages where you can interact directly with our trainees and alumni as well as finding useful information to help your application.

Applying for the Scheme

We are now open for applications for the 2018 Finance Management, General Management, Health Informatics, Health Analysis, Human Resources and Policy & Strategy Schemes.

Apply for your chosen specialism below.