What is the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme/GMTS?

You can read all about the details of the GMTS scheme, what it offers and how to apply.  

What specialisms are you recruiting for in the March 2020 intake?

For the March 2020 intake, we’re recruiting for three specialisms: General Management, Human Resources and Finance. 

For the September 2020 intake, we’ll be recruiting for all our specialisms and the DHSC Health Policy Fast Track Scheme.

You won’t be able to change specialisms once you’ve made your application, so please make sure that you read the details carefully and make your decision early.  

Applications for the March 2020 intake open on 12 August 2019.

Applications for the September 2020 intake are expected to open in mid-October 2019.

Please check our social media and this website for further details closer to the time.

See ‘applications and timings’ below for all timings for the March 2020 intake.

How long does the GMTS last?

The GMTS lasts for two years. This applies to people on the General Management, Human Resources, Health Informatics, Health Analysis and Policy and Strategy specialisms.

For GMTS Finance Trainees, the scheme will take two and a half years to complete, due to study for related qualifications.

Is GMTS right for me?

To find out if you have the right attributes and skills to be a success on our scheme, please try our Match me tool. (link http://www.nhsgraduates.co.uk/the-scheme/is-this-for-me/)

This allows you to see how you would respond in 16 real-life situations within the scheme. For each situation, we’ll automatically reflect on your answer and provide improvement points for you to consider before you apply.  It only takes a few minutes, it’s completely anonymous and will have no bearing if you make an application to the GMTS.   

Is the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Health Policy Fast Track Scheme part of the NHS GMTS?

No. Although the NHS Leadership Academy carries out the recruitment and assessment process, the DHSC Policy Fast Track Scheme is a Civil Service scheme and not part of the NHS.

This scheme is only made available in the September intakes. Check this website and our social media in the autumn for more details.

What is the Civil Service?

The Civil Service is politically impartial and independent of government. We work in central government departments, agencies, and Non-Departmental Government Bodies (NDPBs) to help the government develop and implement its policies as effectively as possible.

In addition to paying benefits and pensions, running employment services, managing prisons and issuing driving licenses, we also have staff working on policy development and implementation, including analysts, project managers, lawyers and economists.

The Civil Service doesn’t include government ministers (who are politically appointed), members of the British Armed Forces, the police, officers of local government, employees of the NHS or staff of the Royal Household.

The Civil Service is coordinated and managed by the Prime Minister in his role as Minister for the Civil Service. The most senior Civil Servant in a department is a Permanent Secretary. In DHSC this is Sir Chris Wormald, who is also our Policy Fast Track Scheme Sponsor.

Is the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Health Policy Fast Track Scheme an apprenticeship or graduate scheme?

The DHSC Policy Fast Track Scheme is a graduate scheme, although they do accept applications from eligible existing Civil Servants, with or without a degree.

This is a Civil Service scheme designed specifically for talented individuals who want to develop a career in health and social care policy within the Civil Service. It’s separate to the Civil Service Fast Stream and the Civil Service Fast Track.

The NHS Leadership Academy carries out the recruitment and assessment process. The DHSC Policy Fast Track Scheme is a Civil Service scheme and not part of the NHS.

The Scheme is only made available in the September intakes. Check this website and our social media in the autumn for more details.

What kind of people join the GMTS?

All sorts of people join the GMTS. What they have in common are key competencies, values and strengths that fit with the values and needs of the NHS.

Above all else, our successful applicants understand the values of the NHS, have a desire to provide excellent healthcare to our patients and aspire to lead healthcare teams and organisations. Please use our Match me tool to find out if you’re right for our Scheme, and if we’re right for you.

This allows you to see how you would respond in 16 real-life situations within the scheme. For each situation, we’ll automatically reflect on your answer and provide improvement points for you to consider before you apply.  It only takes a few minutes, it’s completely anonymous and will have no bearing if you make an application to the GMTS.   

Is getting a place on GMTS competitive?

Yes, getting a place on the scheme is very competitive. We regularly receive many more applications than there are places.

For the September 2019 intake, 17,000 candidates inquired about a place, 9,000 applied and 260 trainee placements were offered.

Being fully committed to joining the NHS and the scheme is therefore vital if you’re going to be successful in our selection process.

It also helps if you can be as flexible as possible around your preferred work location.

To find out if you have the right attributes and skills to be a success on our scheme, please try our Match me tool.

What kind of support would I receive as a GMTS Trainee?

We’re proud that our support for GMTS Trainees is one of the reasons the scheme is so popular with recent graduates and in-service candidates.

You'll be supported by programme and placement managers, mentors, education tutors, fellow trainees, our large alumni network and by a network of GMTS Regional Trainee Support Managers who work in each of the areas that trainees are based.

Which formal qualifications will I work towards in the GMTS?

You'll be supported in achieving professional and post-graduate qualifications that are appropriate to your chosen specialism.

All GMTS Trainees, regardless of specialism, complete The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme, which is a fully accredited programme leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership. For more information on this qualification, you can look at our specialisms.  

You can find an example of the qualifications offered to 2018 GMTS graduates below. Please note these qualifications are reviewed on a regular basis and may change.

Specialism

Qualification Studied

Finance

CIPFA professional qualification (Chartered Institute of Public Financial Accounting) – predominantly delivered online.

General Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership, through the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme – to Diploma level. A mix of face-to-face residential, and virtual campus study.

Health Analysis

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Analysis.

Health Informatics

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics, through UCL and mostly face-to-face learning.

Human Resources

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources.

Policy and Strategy

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Policy.

Do I need management experience to join the GMTS?

No, the Scheme is designed to develop your leadership skills. However, if you have substantial management experience, then you may find that the Scheme is not suitable for you. Please visit the NHS Careers website for further opportunities.

Will it help if I have previous NHS experience?

Previous experience in the NHS isn't essential. However, knowledge of the issues and challenges currently facing the NHS is essential for your application, so make sure to read about the NHS online, in the news and reflect on what’s happening in your local area before you apply.