About the scheme 

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) is a national scheme running for over 60 years. It is a highly respected scheme with alumni now working across the NHS.  

GMTS offers a fast-track blended learning experience, consisting of rotational work placements across the NHS, professional qualifications, and personal learning and development.

In 2019, GMTS has expanded its annual intake from 200 to 500 trainees - the biggest expansion undertaken in the history of the Scheme. As part of the expansion GMTS will migrate to a co-funding model, where costs are shared between the NHS Leadership Academy and host organisations.

Bring fresh thinking to your organisation whilst investing in the future of leadership for the NHS by supporting the learning and development journey of a North West graduate, find out more about the advantages of hosting a graduate trainee.

NHS GMTS timeline

Host a trainee

The expansion of the Scheme means that more NHS organisations than ever before will have the opportunity to host a Graduate on their leadership journey. In order to develop high quality placements in a wide range of NHS organisations, the application process for hosting a Graduate has been updated for 2019. The new ‘commitment to pay and assurance process’ encourages organisations to take a collaborative and system-focussed approach, with a lead host organisation leading on the submission of information at each stage of the assurance process, on behalf of a partnership or collaborative. A partnership of organisations may submit a joint bid to offer a graduate exposure to the wider system. There are three stages to the assurance process:

Stage 1: Statement of intent to host and commitment to pay

An online form to be completed by the lead host organisation by 15th March 2019. 

Stage 2: Statement of bid particulars

Completion a second online form by 3rd May 2019, which includes details of the programme and placement manager, placement details and support available to trainees.

Stage 3: Quality assurance

Your bid will be reviewed by your local Leadership Academy.  The assurance process is an on-going process and includes assuring a placement in principle until all the placement information has been received such as job descriptions and orientation plan.

More details on the expansion of the scheme, the ‘commitment to pay and assurance process’ and useful tips on what makes a great placement can be found in the following guidance document.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the scheme or the commitment to pay and assurance process, please contact us at nwla.gmtsnw@nhs.net

Alternatively, if you're interested in become a flexi-placement host, find out more here.


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