Our award-winning Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) has produced inspirational NHS leaders since 1956. Notable alumni include Simon Stevens; current Chief Executive of NHS England, and Peter Homa; Chair of the NHS Leadership Academy.

It’s fair to say the opportunities we create are life defining for the graduates we recruit. And now more than ever, our leaders will be tasked with redefining the NHS. Every trainee you host at your organisation has the potential to solve huge challenges and raise the profile of leaders in healthcare.

The future of the NHS relies on strong leadership and clear direction. By hosting a trainee, you can help us nurture the next generation of high quality, compassionate and inclusive NHS leaders. 

Watch our videos below to see Simon Stevens share his thoughts on why you should get involved and the benefits University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust gained from hosting a graduate management trainee.

How it works

GMTS is unique, unrivalled and prestigious. It combines successful leadership strategies from international healthcare and private sector organisations, along with academic expert content.

Fast-tracking graduates who want to develop their career within the health service, it provides mentoring, support and high-quality non-clinical training over approximately two years. Giving trainees the chance to become successful leaders in the NHS, it’s crucial in sustaining the talent pipeline.

Each trainee specialises in one of six specialisms:

• Finance Management
• General Management
• Health Analysis
• Health Informatics Management
• Human Resources Management
• Policy and Strategy Management

They also undertake placements, complete a PGCert in Healthcare Leadership and can gain additional professional qualifications within their specialist area.

How to get involved

Download our eBook or if your organisation is interested in hosting a trainee, contact your Local Leadership Academy for more information.

Regional area Contact name Email address
East Midlands Victoria Richardson victoria.richardson@nottshc.nhs.uk
East of England Breda Watson breda.watson@hee.nhs.uk 
Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Alastiar Boothroyd

Helen Edmunds




Kashmira Sunni

Keith Whitburn



North East

Kitty Haylock

Deborah Whalen



North West North West GMTS team nwla.gmtsnw@nhs.net 
South West Zoe Spittle zoe.spittle@hee.nhs.uk
Thames Valley and Wessex

Susie Bleeker

Alastair Boothroyd

Helen Edmunds




West Midlands Sarah Louise Grantham sarah-louise.grantham@hee.nhs.uk 
Yorkshire and the Humber

John Hunter

Amy Makler



General enquiries   graduateenquiries.nla@hee.nhs.uk