NHS graduate scheme alumni, currently working as a hospital General Manager

About me

Sophie N.
English and Related Literature
English Literature
BA (Hons)
2013
United Kingdom

About this profile

Graduate Management Trainee
NHS
United Kingdom
Healthcare
2013
2015
£22000

About the job

What I do

The NHS graduate management training scheme is a 2 year programme, comprising of work-based placements and postgraduate study.
In my first placement, I was managing the plastic surgery department of a large NHS Foundation Trust. This involved managing waiting lists and targets, modelling capacity and demand, identifying opportunities for service improvement and writing business cases to support that improvement, and making decisions on how to manage ward beds in the hospital.

Skills I use and how I developed them



Extracurricular skills:
My role requires a lot of negotiating and communicating with different stakeholders with competing interests so I have had to develop strong influencing skills. I also need to be able to process and assimilate large volumes of data to enable me to make informed decisions.

What I like most

Working for the NHS is incredibly rewarding and worthwhile. You get the opportunity to work with so many different people, both inside and outside the hospital. The work is varied, incredibly interesting and very challenging.

What I like least

It can sometimes be difficult working for an organisation which is under such a high level of public scrutiny and under high levels of pressure.

Finding and applying for the job

How I found out about the job

National press

The recruitment process

The recruitment process consisted of an online application form followed by online tests, a face-to-face interview and then an assessment centre.

My career

Courses taken since graduation

Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership

Where I hope to be in 5 years

The Graduate Scheme has a good reputation for training future senior managers in the NHS. I am confident that the qualifications and experience I gain on the scheme will enable me to progress through different levels and roles in NHS management.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

It is important to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual who proactively seeks out new challenges and learning opportunities. This will require making the most of the many activities and services available at university, including careers events, involvement in clubs/societies, and volunteering.

About this sector:
Stay up-to-date with the news - policies and structures change regularly in the NHS so it is important to keep informed. Read key reports and publications and, if possible, try to find some voluntary experience in the health sector so that you have an understanding of how the system works.

My advice about working in my industry

Stay up-to-date with the news - policies and structures change regularly in the NHS so it is important to keep informed. Read key reports and publications and, if possible, try to find some voluntary experience in the health sector so that you have an understanding of how the system works.


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