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Could you be an NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme applicant?

Applications opened last week (12 August) for places on the March 2020 intake of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS).  For the first time in its 60 year history, the scheme are actively trying to attract applicants who already have an NHS career behind them by providing an opportunity for current NHS staff to participate on the scheme on a secondment basis, returning to the Trust at the end of the two year programme.  DCHS are keen to support any of its hugely talented colleagues to apply should they be eligible.


Nationally the scheme is expanding to offer 250 places in the next intake (starting in March 2020) and the Trust commits to support interested applicants through the application process. As per the scheme’s application criteria, applications are encouraged from NHS employees who have a minimum 2:2 degree and are working in bands 3-6.


The applications window will close on 27 September 2019. If you are interested, or you know someone from within the Trust who may be, all details can be found on the GMTS website.  Please make sure you speak to your line manager about a potential secondment opportunity.  And if you want to find out more, our Deputy Director of People Services, Jennifer Guiver, is involved with the scheme and is available to offer advice, or answer any questions you may have.  Jen can be contacted on


The aim of the expanded GMTS programme is for the pipeline of future NHS leaders to have a strong, more diverse supply of the very best people to take the NHS forward. Through the scheme, candidates can apply their NHS experience and learned knowledge to a wide opportunity of situations and see other ways the NHS works to support care for patients from all backgrounds. The scheme underpins this experience across two years (or two-and-a-half for finance trainees) of learning.