UHS graduate scheme: operations management

Each year we look for exceptional graduates to join our in-house graduate management training scheme. The scheme offers the opportunity to build a challenging and rewarding career within NHS operational management.

As one of the largest teaching trusts in England, we're a great place to start your career. We’re one of only a few trusts in the UK that have the ability to care for people from before they’re born right through to the end of their lives, providing almost every specialism to over 1.9 million people living in Southampton and beyond.

During your time in our graduate scheme, you’ll gain broad experience at 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.


Dan staff spotlight

“The skills and knowledge I have gained from the experiences, challenges, shadowing, projects, education and countless other opportunities have been invaluable.

At my time in UHS I have supported the management of corporate projects, inpatients, outpatients, theatres and emergency departments, I can’t think of another scheme which would have allowed me to experience such a breadth of services.

You really get to see the impact your decisions can have on our patients and teams, and the chance to leave behind lasting positive changes. Working with such motivated, caring and experienced colleagues, across all NHS professions, has been truly inspiring.”

Hannah staff spotlight

"The UHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has provided an encouraging and informative environment, building a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and behaviours upon which I have felt enabled and supported to embark on a career within NHS management. 

 I am delighted that following the scheme I secured an Operations Manager position within UHS.  The relationships I have formed throughout the scheme combined with the learning and self-growth that has occured (and continues to!) is enabling me to support our patients, their loved ones, and my colleagues to the best of my ability."


Our programme runs for two years, consisting of two year-long placements covering an operational and then a strategic focus. You’ll be provided with a mentor from the Trust’s senior leadership team who’ll coach and support you through the programme. 

Along with having gained or having been predicted a 2:2 in any degree subject, we’re looking for people who share our  values, have the potential to be our next leaders, and have the drive to develop.


You can make your application until 1st March 2023. Please look at the key criteria before applying. Shortly after you have made your application, candidates meeting this key criteria will be sent a link to complete a number of online tests.

Successful candidates from stage one will then be invited to take part in a pre recorded virtual Video Interview, the deadline for this is 26th March.

The final stage will be an online Assessment Centre, which will be held the w/c 24th  April. At the assessment centre you will be asked to take part in three sections. These will consist of a competency interview, a role play of a scenario and a presentation of analysing data.

Successful candidates will be invited to our Trust the w/c 8th May to meet the team and have a tour around the hospital.

Our successful new recruits will join UHS in early September 2023