Management Training Scheme (MTS)

Graduate trainees

Trainee: Mark Rodgers

TYPE: General Management


BSc Pharmacology and Masters of Public Health, University of Glasgow

Current Role: Unscheduled Care Support Manager

Current Organisation: NHSGGC

Previous Roles: Public Health Project manager

Previous Organisation: NHSGGC

Why do you think you were successful in completing the scheme:

I think I was successful as I am very adaptable to different situations and enjoy experiencing new environments.  As part of the scheme you attend various general management placements, which can be very different experiences depending what area of the NHS you are in.  Going into them with an open mind, a willingness to learn and an understanding that you have the core skills to succeed will certainly help.

Top bit of advice you'd give an applicant or new trainee:

One sentence: Be yourself, the process of applying is as much about you finding out if the scheme is right for you as it is about the assessors to discovering if you are right for the scheme.

Before the Management Training Scheme:

After University I went travelling across Australia and Europe.  When I started a career I wanted to have some life experience behind me and the 2 year gap certainly didn't harm my chances as an applicant.

During the Management Training Scheme:

I am in my 3rd year of the scheme and while it is definitely a step up from being considered a trainee I feel my experiences to date have prepared me well for the challenge.  I have real management responsibilities and work in a high profile area which if we don't do our job will end up on 6 o'clock news. I work with some extremely interesting and committed people from all parts of the NHS and my role gets me out and about to various hospital sites which I really like.

I think the hardest part for me was just getting my head round the scale of the NHS even just in Glasgow.  It is absolutely massive and it still unnerves me in a meeting if people begin talking about an area I know absolutely nothing about, but I'm learning more and more each day.

The highlight of the scheme for me was being a key part of a piece of Public Health research for Glasgow's addiction services.  It has now been turned into a business case and hopefully the development will go ahead, assuming my bosses can find a few million pounds lying around!  It feels great that I was part of something that will truly make a difference to some of the most vulnerable members of our society and that beats working for the private sector in my opinion.  You can read the paper here if you are a science geek like me. (

After the Management Training Scheme:

Having gained my masters in Public Health I see my future in the NHS working in that domain.  The PH function in the NHS is relatively small but absolutely crucial in affecting the health of every single person in the UK. My current placement in unscheduled care (Emergency department improvements) has only enforced that belief.  Clinical and non-clinical staff can work all day in the emergency departments but if you can get a child on the right path early in life through health education or catching a disease before it spreads through screening program will effectively turn off the tap to our emergency departments.