Health Education England

GMTS Information for placement organisations

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a national scheme with an annual intake of trainees and the scheme has been running since 1956. The scheme takes on approximately 100 trainees per year and these are selected from over 12,000 applicants.

Hosting a Graduate Management Trainee

Trainees are selected and recruited for their potential as leaders and their passion for improving patient care.  They offer a fresh perspective, an inquisitive and open mind and a willingness to take on new challenges.  As a host organisation offering a placement you will be responsible for their 'on the job' development. This involves releasing the potential of a bright, enthusiastic and driven individual whilst developing their learning, leadership and management skills within the organisations. Trainees have educational and other scheme commitments that take them outside of their placement which means they are not a full time member of the team.  Trainees operate at middle managment level subject to the individual and their specialism and are expected to implement improvements and develop their leadership skills.

Hosting organisations are supported by the East of England Leadership Academy, Health Education East of England and the NHS Leadership Academy.  All programme and placement managers must attend mandatory training developed by the NHS Leadership Academy and Trainees.

Trainees are employed by the NHS Leadership Academy and placement hosts do not pay for them.  Scheme related expenses (eg travel for education) are also paid for by the NHS Leadership Academy.  If significant travel (eg multiple sites, attend meetings) is required by the trainee in the role you offer on placement then the hosting organisation is responsible for covering those costs. 

The NHS Leadership Academy working in partnership with the East of England Leadership Academy have reviewed and refreshed the process for organisations applying to host a graduate trainee and have introduced a 3 stage process. This process is being followed by all  Local Leadership Academies nationally but here in the east of England we have been given approval to pilot a scheme with the aim to make the process less labour intensive and time consuming for organisations but also ensure the quality of placements offered reach the schemes expected standard.

The 3 stage process and timescales are as follows

Stage 1 – Expressions of Interest (EOI)

As part of your investment in future leadership, prospective host organisations are invited to express their interest in providing a graduate placement by completing this expression of interest form

Expressions of interest should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 31st January 2016.

Stage 2 - GMTS Information Session

Webex delivered by the local academy for all organisations who have completed EOI stage 1 to provide more information about the scheme and criteria to host a trainee before being invited to stage 3.  Confirmation and dial in details will be sent to all organisations who have completed stage 1.

Stage 3 – Statement of Commitment (SOC)

This is where the pilot for the east of England differs from the national approach and Statement of Commitment documentation  will be sent out after we have received the numbers and details of the 2016 cohort of trainees around the first week of April.  After this date we will contact those organisations that have completed stage 1 and 2 and who offer placements that best match our trainees. Statement of Commitment deadline will be 2nd week of May – date tbc.

Exception – Please note if you are applying to host a Finance Trainee on their second placement  only (June 2016 – March 2018) you will not be part of the pilot accreditation process due to finance trainees moving placement before other specialisms.   You will still need to complete the Expressions of Interest form by 31st January (link above) even if you have been contacted by a current Finance Trainee who have expressed an interest in having a placement in your organisation.  To apply for a 2nd placement Finance Trainee you will need to complete the statement of commitment by Thursday 31st March 2016 at the latest. 


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