Policy & Strategy

Reflections on the first few months on the graduate scheme

Posted by Aditya Aggarwal, 13 Dec 2017

My name is Aditya Aggarwal, and I am on the policy and strategy stream within the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. I studied Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, and started on the graduate scheme after qualifying as a pharmacist in September 2017. Rather than following a clinical career, I felt my interests and strengths aligned more in a non-clinical management setting, having enjoyed the law aspects of the pharmacy degree. As such I chose to enter the world of NHS Management. I am currently working in the New Business Models team, where the team is aiming to deliver the ‘hardwiring’ behind Accountable Care Organisations. 

“Comfortable with being uncomfortable”

The single phrase which I have come to embrace since starting the graduate scheme. Every day is different, and is an opportunity to learn something new. Finding my bearings and trying not to get lost within the organisation in charge of running the best healthcare system in the world has been tricky; however I think I’m finally starting to understand the big picture! Recently I have started a new role, to support programme management, ensuring our team is delivering what they said they will. The role is challenging and requires a great deal of organisation skills, however I enjoy the complexity!

One of the biggest perks of working within NHS England, is the networking opportunities. Every person you meet, is an opportunity to network. If you’re not as outgoing, it’s okay, as once you tell people you are a new graduate, they are quite supportive and helpful – they want you to succeed and learn from them. From this, I have been able to meet people from all different areas within the NHS, including senior leaders.  


If you have any further questions, either about policy & strategy, or anything, please comment below, or tweet me at @adkaggarwal (I’m more responsive on Twitter).

Aditya Aggarwal

Aditya Aggarwal

2017 intake

#hellomynameis Aditya and I am on the Policy & Strategy stream, in London. I studied Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia and graduated in 2016. Upon completion of my pre-registration training, I qualified as a Pharmacist in September 2017. I’ve joined the graduate scheme to learn about healthcare and how policy decisions are made at a national level.

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