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NHS Assessments

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    • 234 questions

With a staff count of around 1.4 million, the National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s biggest employer. For university leavers interested in a career in health service management, it offers a number of opportunities each year through its graduate scheme.

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NHS video interview

If you successfully meet the required standard in all of your psychometric tests, you’ll receive an invitation to attend a video interview. These can last anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour, and will include a combination of general and competency-based questions.

The NHS advises applicants to its Graduate Management Scheme to prepare for their interview by referring to its Healthcare Leadership Model. This consists of nine dimensions of behaviour which, when combined, constitute the leadership style it looks for all employees to adopt, regardless of their seniority.

The nine leadership dimensions are:

  • Inspiring shared purpose
  • Leading with care
  • Evaluating information
  • Connecting our service
  • Sharing the vision
  • Engaging the team
  • Holding to account
  • Developing capability
  • Influencing for results

Prior to your interview, read up on each dimension and consider how it relates to the role you’ve applied for. Where possible, refer to real examples where you’ve put these principles into practice.

Typical NHS interview questions might include:

  • Tell us about yourself
  • Why do you want to work for the NHS?
  • What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the NHS?
  • What do you think makes a good healthcare worker?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or patient.
  • Describe a time when you went above and beyond for a patient or colleague.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a challenging situation at work.
  • What do you think are the key attributes of a successful team member?

NHS assessment centre

The final stage of the application process is attendance at an NHS assessment centre. Here you’ll take part in a number of activities that will give you an idea of what working life will be like on the graduate scheme.

It will also give the assessors a chance to see you in action, and get a feel for how well you’re likely to perform if offered the opportunity.

The two most common activities are a group exercise and a role play exercise.

NHS group Exercise

In the first instance, you’ll work as part of a small team on a set task. You’ll be assessed continuously, so you’ll need to show strong communication and collaboration skills throughout. Be sure to get involved and encourage others to do the same.

A key skill in a group exercise is knowing when to share your opinions, and when to step back and let others voice their own thoughts.

NHS Role Play Exercise

In your role play exercise, you’ll act out a given scenario and be assessed on your ability to cope under pressure while thinking on your feet.

As with your interview, the Healthcare Leadership Model should inform your actions throughout the day. If you can demonstrate this model in action, you’ll set yourself apart as a highly promising candidate for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme.

Upon successful completion of the assessment centre, the final stage of the recruitment process is a job offer which will be decided upon based on how you’ve performed throughout the selection process.

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Sample NHS Tests question Test your knowledge!

When tasked with reducing non-urgent patient readmissions, which diagrammatic pattern of decision-making should be prioritized to tackle the issue effectively?

  • Prioritizing internal process efficiencies.
  • Focusing on cost-cutting measures.
  • Implementing a patient follow-up system.
  • Increasing the number of available beds.

A healthcare department has a budget of £6,800,000 for the financial year. If they spend 45% on staffing, 25% on equipment and the rest on research and development, how much money in pounds is allocated for research and development?

  • £2,380,000
  • £2,040,000
  • £3,400,000
  • £1,700,000

During a standard review process, an audit revealed inconsistencies in data recording practices. Which course of action best aligns with ensuring accurate and reliable data?

  • Reprimanding the team responsible for data entry errors.
  • Implementing a data quality training program for all staff involved in data handling.
  • Switching to a completely new data recording system.
  • Continuing with the current practices assuming errors are insignificant.

A report paragraph concludes with, 'Thus, while the initiatives have brought about certain enhancements in patient care, the overall impact on reducing appointment wait times has been minimal.' What is the main point of this conclusion?

  • Patient care has significantly improved due to recent initiatives.
  • The initiatives failed to make any improvements in patient care.
  • Appointment wait times have seen a substantial reduction.
  • There has been some improvement in patient care, but not in reducing wait times.

After evaluating a sequence of project outcomes, it was determined that Project X had an efficiency rating increase of 15% from Year 1 to Year 2, while Project Y improved by 20% in the same time frame. If both projects maintain their improvement rates, what is the expected efficiency rating increase for Project Y over Project X after two years?

  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 25%
  • 35%

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NHS Tests Tips

1Know Your Specialisation

Start by understanding the specific area you’re applying to within the NHS. Focus on practice materials relevant to Finance, Health Analysis, Health Informatics, HR, Policy and Strategy, or General Management. Tailoring your preparation to your chosen field can give you an edge.

2Simulate Test Conditions

When practicing, mimic the test conditions as closely as possible. Time yourself and minimize distractions to build endurance and focus for the real test scenario.

3Fill the Gaps

Identify your weak areas through practice tests. Then, invest more time in improving these specific aspects. Strengthening your weaknesses is just as important as honing your strengths.

4Understand Core Values

Incorporate the NHS’s core values into your preparation, knowing that scenarios and questions may reflect these principles. Your understanding of these values can guide you in making informed decisions during the tests.

5Stay Relaxed and Confident

Test anxiety can hinder performance. Practice relaxation techniques and maintain a positive mindset. Confidence is key to clear thinking and better results.

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NHS Tests FAQs

What are the NHS tests?

The NHS tests are a series of assessments tailored to various specializations within the healthcare system. They screen for fitting skills and competencies required for roles in Finance, Health Analysis, and other relevant departments.

Are the NHS tests hard?

The difficulty of NHS tests can vary depending on your background and skillset. They’re designed to measure suitability for the role, so thorough preparation can significantly ease the challenge.

How do I prepare for NHS tests?

To prepare for NHS tests, employing a robust practice regimen is advisable. Websites like Practice Aptitude Tests offer an array of practice materials that can closely mimic the types of tests you’ll encounter.

How long does the recruitment process take at NHS?

The duration of the NHS recruitment process may differ based on the department and number of applicants. It involves several stages, including aptitude tests and interviews, and can take several weeks from application to offer.

What are NHS's core values?

NHS’s core values revolve around respect, excellence, and compassion. These principles guide the organization’s commitment to delivering top-tier healthcare and are integral to the recruitment of new members.

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  • United Kingdom

    October 22, 2022

    Not as difficult as I was imagining.

    Liked the layout of the information. Didn't feel rushed, had plenty of time to read and then think about the question and process the data.

  • Ethiopia

    October 22, 2022

    about ratios.

    it was a good test for me as i am going over through my psychometric test for safaricom in the position of care desk customer executive. It gives a lot of insight for me to know how will be the assessments in the upcoming days. The questions are good enough to know more about it .

  • South Africa

    February 28, 2022

    Statistcs are important to know

    I did not know how to calculate the increase or decrease of certain things, but that is due to a lack of memory from highschool math.

  • United Kingdom

    November 08, 2021


    It was similar style questions coming up again and again. So as long as you know how to calculate % increases and ratios etc., it is fine!

  • United Kingdom

    October 17, 2021

    Great insight!

    I wasn't sure what to expect from these aptitude tests but this practice test provided a very helpful first insight.

  • United Kingdom

    May 01, 2021


    Very interesting first attempts, got to be quick!

  • Nigeria

    May 01, 2021


    I like the interface of the tests. The timer was a plus, as my adrenaline was in action!

  • United Kingdom

    March 20, 2021

    I suck at maths

    some questions are too long to read and do in a minute

  • United Kingdom

    March 08, 2021

    Much more difficult than I thought

    Confusing sentences and time pressure was much bigger than I expected

  • United Kingdom

    February 20, 2021

    need to think quickly

    The questions aren't difficult it's just the time pressure that makes it challenging.