Where will I be based during my time on the scheme?

GMTS is a national scheme which develops leaders across the entire NHS system. As such, trainees can be placed anywhere in England - we offer a diverse range of locations in 10 regions, which is more than most UK graduate schemes.

When you apply for GMTS placements, you’ll be asked to choose three preferred working regions and we’ll do our best to place you in one of your preferred regions.

Your choices are for a region, not a particular town or city.

You could also be placed anywhere within a region, not just the biggest town or city in that region, so it’s a good idea to research the cities and towns in any region you’re interested in.

Once you’ve been placed in your region, you’ll remain there for the duration of your GMTS journey, working for at least two different organisations and perhaps in different locations for each of these.

Sometimes your preferred region may not always be available. Although these cases are rare, we may make you an offer outside your preferred area.  

Please visit our locations map for more information on our regions.

Department of Health and Social Care Policy Fast Track Scheme (for September 2020)

Our placements are in Yorkshire, Humber and London. When you apply, you’ll be asked to nominate your preferred working region and we’ll try to accommodate your request. However, this may not always be possible, and we may offer you a role outside your preferred area.

Can I change the region my GMTS Placement is in?

Following the Assessment Centre stage, it isn’t possible to change your region, so please take this into account when you apply for a GMTS place.

Can I request a specific area or NHS site in a region?

When making allocations for placements at NHS sites, Local Leadership Academies (LLA) consider the information GMTS candidates provide at the application stage.

When you apply for GMTS placement, you’ll be asked to choose three preferred working regions and we’ll do our best to place you in one of your preferred regions.

Remember, your choices are for a region, not a particular town or city.

You could also be placed anywhere within a region, not just the biggest town or city in that region, so it’s a good idea to research the cities and towns in any region you’re interested in.

You’ll also have the opportunity to note any specific requests or special circumstances on your application. Please note these must be noted on the form in order to be considered. However, a specific NHS site or town/city can’t be guaranteed.

I have specific circumstances that need to be taken into account when choosing my placement. Is this possible?

GMTS is a national scheme which develops leaders across the entire system. As such, trainees can be placed anywhere in England. However, we do appreciate that potential trainees will have personal commitments which may restrict their ability to fully relocate – this is especially true of in-service candidates.

To support this, we allow candidates to make regional preferences and note personal circumstances as part of the application process.

We work hard to match candidates to a placement that’s a good fit for their circumstance, however, while we take all information provided into account we don’t guarantee to place all candidates in their first choice, or a specific placement within a region.

When making offers, we take into account candidate ranking (merit), placement availability/ requirements, regional preference and any indicated special circumstances.  Special circumstances apply to those applicants who:

  • are the primary carer for a close relative
  • are a parent or legal guardian for a child or children for whom they have significant caring responsibilities
  • have a medical condition for which ongoing follow up in a specified location is an absolute requirement

The list of circumstances we consider is clear and we will not consider circumstances relating to pets, pastimes or intention to purchase property in an area that would prevent a reasonable commute to a region. A reasonable commute is considered to be up to 90 minutes daily to and from work.