Meet our new 2016 graduates

29 November 2016

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

The latest intake of trainees joined health service organisations around the north east in October 2016.

We met them at their local induction in Newcastle to learn more about them, why they joined the scheme and what they hope to achieve.

Our new graduates are:

  • Craig Bage | Informatics
  • David Seymour | Finance
  • Gemma Nelson | HR
  • Joseph Barton | General Management
  • Keecia Bailey | General Management
  • Sean Charlton | Finance

Watch the video to learn more about the graduates and what they hope to achieve.


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.

Learn more about the GMTS.