NHS North East Leadership Academy

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Graduate Training

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) is hosted by the NHS Leadership Academy. 

The purpose of the GMTS is to identify, recruit and develop talented individuals who have the potential to become future leaders in the NHS.

The award-winning scheme has been running for more than 50 years and its alumni include three out of the last four NHS Chief Executives, including the current NHS Chief Executive. The scheme recruits between 150 and 200 trainees a year to its two-year programmes, which offers a fast track blended learning experience, consisting of rotational work experiences across the NHS, professional qualifications, and personal learning and development.

The scheme is hosted by the national NHS Leadership Academy but delivered in partnership across the NHS system by the Academy to provide an integrated and holistic learning experience for trainees.

The scheme is leading edge in its design and delivery, utilising a full range of learning approaches, and sets the standard for fast track leadership development at “entry level management and leadership” in the NHS. It is continually updated to reflect the changing nature of leadership development and our evolving healthcare system.

The learning within the scheme instils following key factors in each of its trainees: that it is there mission to improve healthcare for the benefit of the patient, to uphold the NHS Constitution and to live by the values of the NHS.

The scheme consistently outperforms other major graduate recruiters in terms of its overall retention rates. As an example, the retention rate for year one of the scheme stands at 97.5 per cent, compared with 93 per cent of other graduate recruiters.

For information about applying please visit the scheme’s recruitment website

Meet our GMTS Intakes

Click on the short videos below to meet some of our graduates and find out more about them, why they joined the scheme and what they hope to achieve.