Management Training Scheme (MTS)


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Please contact us if you have any other questions or require more information about the Management Training Scheme.

General FAQs

    The roles can be challenging, however, we support all NHSScotland staff by ensuring our values are promoted and adhered to. As an organisation we are proactive about staff engagement and improving the staff experience. In addition, you will have a mentor, coach, line manager and also the scheme manager who will ensure that you are well supported and equipped to carry out the roles successfully.


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    You will be hosted within an NHS Scotland Health Board doing a variety of management and leadership roles for the three years of the Scheme. All Trainees should expect to undertake a degree of travel throughout the 3 year programme.

    You may be offered a place in any one of the 22 Health Boards.


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    Yes, in general our trainees are successful in applying for  permanent roles within the Health and Care Service in Scotland after their 3 years in the scheme.


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    The aim of the elective is to offer you exposure to different organisations and cultures.  This could be in other parts of your host Board, but trainees have also gone to a range of other organisations within and outside Health and Care in Scotland. 


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    NHSScotland is a large, complex organisation, employing 160, 000 people over multiple sites across the country. You will have the opportunity to gain work experience across different areas and experience different cultures in workplaces incorporating a number of different professions. However, our focus is to work in partnership and collaborate across boundaries and organisations, including Health and Care.


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    Yes. The minimum criteria is a 2:2, then you are chosen based on your application assessment and interview performance. However, you won’t be prioritised for having a higher level of qualification.


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    Yes, we have offered places to recent graduates and those who graduated several years ago.


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    No, you're required to have the right to work in the UK before you can apply.


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    Yes.  We are looking for people who can demonstrate a passion for improving health and care in Scotland.  The subject of your degree wouldn't be a barrier to you applying.  


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    EU/EEA nationals obtain their right to reside/work in the UK from EU law. The UK's withdrawal from the European Union understandably raises concerns for EU/EEA nationals because EU law will no longer apply to the UK. The Management Training Scheme welcomes applications from all candidates who have the right to live and work in the UK as per Home Office guidelines. Upon appointment you would be responsible for ensuring that you continue to have the right to work in the UK at all times.

    The latest guidance from the Home Office can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/entering-staying-uk


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    The Masters level qualification we offer will be health related, which may be different to your current one. We do prefer you to do some sort of formal study, perhaps up to a PG dip level if you choose not to study to Masters level.  For the Finance scheme, you will study for the CIPFA professional qualification.


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    We will discuss host Boards with successful candidates and decisions will be made based on the availability of placements, taking into account, where possible, candidates' needs and preferences.

     


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    You will have a number of work placements during your three years with a host Board.  In the first 2 years of the General scheme, placements are approximately 9 months long, followed by a 1 year placement in your third year.

    In the Finance scheme, you will carry out a number of roles during the 3 years of the scheme to provide a good all-round experience of finance and accounting roles.


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    Be really clear about why you want to apply for a job in the NHS in Scotland. Ensure you have thought about what is important to you and why you want a career in Health and Care. If you can demonstrate this it will stand out in your application. A generic ‘cut and paste’ from multiple applications will also stand out!

    Our selection process is based around a number of skills and behaviours, called competencies, which are essential for future leaders in the NHS. You will be asked about five of these in your application, so we recommend you give yourself enough time to write full answers.

    Self-Leadership: please describe how your personal skills and qualities will contribute to delivering a quality Health & Social Care service in Scotland.

    Vision: please describe an occasion when you have had to manage multiple projects or tasks. Describe how you ensured the key deliverables were met.

    Collaborating and influencing: please provide an example of when you have effectively used your influencing skills. Describe how you consulted with others and communicated the rationale for a change/decision to be made.

    Motivating and inspiring: please identify an example of when you have worked as part of team. Describe your role, responsibilities and purpose within the team and illustrate what you learned about effective team working from this.

    Creativity and innovation: what creative changes would you like to introduce to the health agenda in Scotland over the next 5-10 years and explain the key stages you believe are necessary in preparing the organisation for change.

    More information is available in the applicant guidance.


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    We discuss the choice of Masters level qualifications with successful candidates for the General Scheme.  The course of study needs to be health related in some way.  

    Successful candidates for the Finance Scheme must study for the CIPFA professional qualification.


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