We’re looking for exceptional graduates to join our in-house graduate management training scheme commencing September 2020; giving you the opportunity to build a career within NHS operational management.
As one of the largest teaching trusts in England, we're a great place to start your career. This is an exciting opportunity to gain broad experience of all levels of a large, complex NHS organisation; with the intention that you’ll be qualified for a management post within the Trust at the end of the scheme.
What we can offer you
The programme will run for two years, consisting of two, one-year placements covering an operational and then a strategic focus, providing you with exposure to working within the NHS.
“The most important thing I’ve learnt is actually about the amazing hard work that goes into the NHS. The extent of the amount of people and time that is dedicated to giving great service to patients.” Emma Boyles, graduate management trainee.
During the programme, you’ll develop competencies including:
- leadership skills
- financial management
- strategic planning
- operational and performance management
- staff management
- communication and working in a complex organisation
- change, project management and service improvement
You’ll be provided with a mentor from the Trust’s executive team who’ll coach and support you through the programme. You’ll be expected to complete work-based projects and the work experience element of the programme will be complemented by a formal education offering provided by one of our training partners.
“I’ve learnt to adapt to circumstances much faster and how to prioritise what is important at that moment, a really useful skill when working in operationally in any high pressure environment. I have also become much more confident in my decisions and approaching people in more senior roles, this is something I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do without being on the management scheme.” Daniel, graduate management trainee.
What we’re looking for and how we’ll assess you
Along with having gained or having been predicted a 2:2 in any degree subject and the capability and capacity for the management of health services, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to:
- work under pressure in a demanding environment
- analyse problems and to develop practical workable solutions
- develop and maintain collaborative working relationships
The recruitment assessment process for this scheme will include:
- online testing (verbal, numeric reasoning)
- a video interview
- an assessment centre
We expect these assessments to take place during April and May 2020. If you’re successful in reaching the assessment centre stage you’ll be asked to attend on-site for a full day to complete this.
Why join University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust?
We are one of England's largest acute trusts and have been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked:
- fifth in the country for staff engagement
- top ten for staff feeling happy with the standard of care provided
- top 20% for staff would recommend the trust as a place to work
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport meaning you are only a short flight away from Paris, Madrid, Milan, and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.
The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
For more information or to apply
If you share our values of patients first, working together and always improving and are looking for an opportunity to start your NHS career, complete the application below. This advert may close early if we receive high numbers of applications, so we’d advise applying as soon as you’re able to.
If you have any questions about the scheme or the applications process, you can get in touch with our recruitment team using the details below.
Closing date for applications will be Saturday 29 February.
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