Policy & Strategy

Before the scheme starts

Posted by Emma Sterling, 12 Oct 2016

It’s not long to go before I start the NHS GMTS on the first ever Policy and Strategy stream and I’m a 50/50 split between a bag of nerves and a ball of excitement. This time last year, anxiously awaiting my degree results I had no idea I’d be in this position.

Throughout school I loved learning about the human body and the different factors that can have an impact on its health so I went on to study Medical Genetics at the University of Leicester. During my degree I became familiar with some of the work the NHS does in regards to genetic disease. However, it wasn’t until I was sat in a lecture given by a Clinical Geneticist who worked at a local hospital that I really thought about joining the NHS. She spoke of several challenges she faces working for the NHS- trying to improve lives, but doing so amid budget constraints, keeping up with the latest research and healthcare advances all without compromising quality of service for anyone. Although she spoke of challenges and at times, stress, what stood out to me was her faith in the NHS. The hard work she and so many other staff put in for a shared vision of excellence in the NHS was enough to keep her fulfilled on a daily basis. That inspired me to truly assess my own values. Being in a role that would work to improve health and save lives was something that was essential to any job/ graduate scheme I’d apply for. I needed to work for an organisation that valued equality and made sure that everyone knew they mattered and had a right to a healthy, happy life. Fast forward a bit and a lot of research later, I realised that I could see myself fitting in with the NHS-more that fitting in; I wanted to be future leader within the NHS.

That’s one thing that I’d say is so important when thinking of applying for anything; make sure that it’s somewhere that shares your ideas and principles- I know for me, that’s what made the whole application process flow and seem far more organic than anything else I’d ever applied for.

So I’d have to sum up with an unavoidable cliché; know yourself and be yourself. Work for an organisation/ company that fits you! Finally, best of luck to anyone looking to apply for NHS GMTS!

Emma Sterling

Emma Sterling

2017 intake

Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I’m part of the NHS GMTS 2016 intake on the new Policy and Strategy stream. I graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Medical Genetics in 2015 and applied for the scheme that same year. The NHS GMTS was the only management graduate scheme I applied for. I knew wanted to make a positive impact on the healthcare system in a world class organisation that shared my core values and utilise some of my biomedical knowledge so the NHS was an obvious first choice. In my ‘year out’ before the scheme I’ve held a temporary post back at my university in pedagogic research and worked with early years children. Outside of work I enjoy an active lifestyle, yoga, art and am a self confessed foodie!

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