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Home » Health Professionals » News and resources » News Archive » GP News 2019 » GP News 29 November 2019 » Update from East of England Leadership Academy-291119

Update from East of England Leadership Academy

We understand that primary care systems are looking to promote leadership opportunities and primary care as a career option for managers. These managers will require a holistic insight into the operation of the entire health and care system. 

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme could be something of interest that could support this ambition and provide potential employees in primary care once they graduate from the scheme.

GMTS is a successful scheme in producing high quality managers in healthcare. There are six specialisms: General Management, Finance, HR, Policy and Strategy, Health Analytics and Health Informatics. The scheme is highly competitive; last year 17 000 people from the graduate and in-service market expressed an interest for just 250 places. From 2020/21, the annual intake of the scheme has been increased to 500. The scheme is 2 years long (2.5 years for Finance) and during the scheme all trainees undertake a PGCert in management followed by further training dependent on specialism. The scheme is built around three work placements with the expectation is that on the job training and competencies will be developed in their placements.

We are looking for support from Primary Care organisations to host a graduate management trainee on flexi placement – an 8-week placement to provide the trainees with a different experience of the NHS that will complement their journey. This could be offered as an individual practice or as a primary care network. The flexi placements are fully funded for both the trainee and participating organisations.

The flexi placement is hugely valuable and is aimed at providing each trainee with an experience of an organisation other than their planned NHS operational and strategic work placements. These flexi placements also provide an opportunity for hosts to meet the candidates as potential local employers. Furthermore, hosting a grad will equip host organisations with a better understanding of the GMTS process, in view of hosting a potential graduate trainee substantively in the future. A primary care network would provide an ideal experience for a future health service manager, and even a more varied rotational model of shorter internal placements as deployed in medical Foundation training.

We are compiling a list of opportunities to be circulated to trainees so if anyone one would like to offer a flexi placement then please reply by copying the following and pasting it into an email and sending to eoe@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk  by the 03 of December.

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