Am I eligible to apply for the GMTS?

We’ve invested considerable time and resources into developing the tools, training, techniques and commitment to diversity that are essential to shaping our leaders of the future. Because of this, we have a level of minimum eligibility requirements you must meet before you can apply.

You need at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent (accepted equivalents are listed on the entry requirements page) in any subject and the right to work in the UK for the full duration of the GMTS intake you might be on.

For more details, please check our eligibility requirements.

Is there an age limit to apply to the GMTS?

No, there is no age limit when applying to the GMTS. 

Are clinical/current in-service NHS employees eligible for the GMTS?

Absolutely - we’re keen to attract clinical and/or NHS employees to the Scheme.

I currently work for the NHS and want to join the GMTS. Do I need a degree, or will you recognise an equivalent qualification?

Yes, we recognise equivalent qualifications. The entry requirements and assessment process are the same for all applicants to the scheme. You are required to have a 2:2 degree in any subject to be eligible for the NHS GMTS.  You can read more about the degree equivalents we can accept in our eligibility requirements.

Am I still eligible if I am already qualified/part qualified CIMA?

If you’re already qualified or have completed the intermediate/management stage of the professional accountancy qualification CIMA, you’ll be eligible to apply for the GMTS Finance specialism.

Please note all of our Finance trainees have to study for the CIPFA qualification as part of the scheme, and the educational component has been designed specifically for the NHS.

Am I still eligible if I’m already qualified/have completed the first stage of CIPFA?

No. If you’re already qualified or have completed the first stage (e.g. the 'Professional Certificate', 'Professional Diploma' or 'Strategic' papers) of the professional accountancy qualification CIPFA, you are not eligible to join the Finance specialism.

All of our Finance trainees have to take this qualification as part of the scheme and the educational component has been designed specifically for the NHS. However, you can apply to join another GMTS specialism.

Am I still eligible if I already have a postgraduate informatics qualification?

No. If you’re studying or already have completed a postgraduate diploma in health informatics you will not be eligible to join the Health Informatics specialism. The educational component has been designed specifically for the NHS. However, you can apply to join another GMTS specialism.

Am I still eligible if I am already qualified/part qualified CIPD?

Yes. If you’re Level 3 and/or Level 5 CIPD qualified, you’re eligible to apply for the HR specialism. However, you will not be awarded any exemptions.

If you’re Level 7 CIPD qualified, you will not be eligible to apply for the HR specialism, but you can apply to join another GMTS specialism.

Am I still eligible if I’m studying/have passed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme?

No. If you are currently studying or have completed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme offered by the NHS Leadership Academy, you can’t apply for the General Management Scheme, but you can still apply to join another GMTS specialism.

Am I guaranteed a job in the NHS when I complete the GMTS?

During the scheme you'll be employed on a fixed-term contract of 24 or 30 months depending on which GMTS specialism you’re in.

Towards the end of the GMTS, we’ll work with you to help you secure your first management post in the NHS, and this includes NHS job search advice from the GMTS support network.

There’s a wide range of posts to choose from across NHS organisations. Your experiences on the GMTS will help you decide what type of job you want to pursue after leaving the Scheme.

I am not a graduate; can I still apply for the GMTS?

No. The GMTS scheme is open to UK undergraduates with a 2:2 degree or higher in any subject or listed equivalent. 

Non-graduates can apply for other NHS roles.

I applied for the 2019/20 GMTS intake, but I was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?

Yes, but we ask that candidates wait 12 months between applications to address any feedback about the skills and experience.

This means that if you applied for September 2019 and were unsuccessful, you’re welcome to re-apply for the September 2020 intake.  

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