The NHS Graduate Scheme is a multi award-winning scheme. The NHS Graduate Management Scheme comes in six areas of specialisations that are essential for providing a good healthcare to those who need it. Upon starting their applications, candidates are asked to pick a role in Finance, Health Analysis, Health Informatics, Human Resources, Policy, and Strategy or General Management departments. Graduates schemes are available.

In order to apply for the upcoming year you need to start your application in October. Since there are many steps involved, the process it’s a bit lengthy and can take up to 5 months.


NHS Online Application Process

There are 5 steps to the NHS Application Process:

Stage 1: Match me Tool
Stage 2: Online Application
Stage 3: Online Psychometric Tests

  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Personality Test
  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test

Stage 4: Interview
Stage 5: Assessment Centre


NHS Match MeTool

Once you have chosen the area of your interest you are asked to take a quick test that will verify if the particular NHS Graduate Scheme really reflects your expectations and matches your personality. The tests will also broaden your knowledge about NHS working environment and tasks that different roles would involve. It’s a revealing exercise and a good introduction to further steps.


NHS Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are a key component of Accenture’s Application Process. Upon filing the application, depending on the Graduate Programme of your interest, you will be asked to complete the following tests : Situational Judgement Test, Reasoning Test, Personality Tests, Numerical Reasoning Test, Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test. On each of these tests ,you will be expected to reach a minimum score that will let you to proceed to the next.


NHS Situational Judgement Test

The NHS Situational Judgment Test is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations that might be encountered in the NHS workplace environment. Based on your answers to these questions it will be verified how aligned you are with NHS values and behaviors. So do your research and try to memorize them by heart
( might come in handy in the future!).

Whilst Situational Judgement Tests vary in form, usually, candidates are presented with a number of descriptions to which they are obliged to provide an appropriate response from a multiple choice list. So, upon taking the test try to be as sensible as you can and use the full capacity of your emotional intelligence.

These tests concentrate on your ‘ people skills’ so, good communication and networking abilities should earn you a few points. However, their quite straightforward and simplistic formula can be misleading.

Some questions in the Situational Judgement Test are there to trick you. The catch is in the high probability of any of the presented answers. So although it is recommended to think in accordance with the promoted values outlined in the company’s profile, in order to really ace your performance you might want to work on your situational- judgment muscles while taking the practice version of Situational Judgment Tests.


NHS Personality Tests

There are many factors that could determine who would be successful in a given role or a position. Strong intellectual abilities, years of experience, and outstanding numerical skills are just some of them, but on many occasions, your job performance would be saturated and influence by whatever motivates your actions, and what do you believe is important in your life. In short, this is what we call – personality.

The structure of NHS Personality Tests will differ depending, on what traits are recognized as successful in a given role. Upon sitting this exam is important to approach the questions with the company’s culture and a specific outline of features needed for the Graduate Programme you are applying for. However, it is also necessary to be honest with yourself, as a certain degree of consistency to your answers is required. To check what sort of personality are you – try taking one of the practice tests.


NHS Numerical Reasoning Tests

The multiple – choice HSBC Numerical Test assesses your ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret numerical information that will be provided to you in charts, graphs, and tables. You will have limited time to find a correct answer, so all the calculations like percentages, ratios, and basic arithmetic should be executed quickly and accurately.

We know that you can do it, but If you really want to master the HSBC Numerical Test – it can be easily learned through our online tests and video tutorials available on the website.


NHS Verbal Reasoning Test

The NHS Verbal Reasoning Test comprises a series of paragraphs which you will be required to read and a set of questions matching the information provided in paragraphs. Your answer options will be True, False or Cannot Tell.

The NHS Verbal Reasoning Test is a timed assessment aimed at checking your comprehension and understanding skills during which you will be required to do a fair amount of reading, so make sure you will be sitting them in a place where you can focus.

By presenting you with the NHS Online Verbal Reasoning Tests, people from NHS want to verify your understanding of the written word, as well as your dexterity when it comes to filtering out the key information from a bulk of the text. To understand, why you actually need to pass this test, please take a moment and imagine a pile of emails residing in your future Inbox, waiting to be read, replied and acted accordingly. Not easy, huh?

To get the necessary confidence and speed up things, practice some NHS Online Verbal Reasoning Tests now.


NHS Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Tests

These tests will assess your sequence and pattern identification skills, logical thinking and ability to approach a problem and how good you are at solving it. But be careful – it’s easier said than done. You have a limited time to do it – a minute or less per question. The difficulty of questions is also likely to increase gradually. Therefore, good timing is vital.

Questions are comprised of numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in a particular pattern. Your task as the brainy NHS employee -to – be, is to deduce the underlying logic of patterns presented to you in an exercise and guess what is next to follow.

To know how to correctly identify the missing steps, you need to practice these tests like a demon – so try now, to avoid regrets in the future.


NHS Interview

If everything goes well and your Online Application Form is successful you will be asked to attend an interview with senior leaders from NHS in one of the three offices in London, Leeds, or Nottingham.

NHS evaluation interview is based on ompetencies needed for the Leadership Position. During the interview you will be given a chance to expand on your previous experience and capabilities that you might bring to the table. To prepare for that stage you are recommended to study the NHS Leadership Model available on the website.


NHS Assessment Centre

Congratulations, you made it to the last level! The NHS Assessment Centres are usually a mix of individual and group activities. The exercises will differ depending on the job position you are applying for, but it is recommended to be well prepared for both scenarios in order to truly stand out from the crowd.

To prepare for that stage you are recommended to study the NHS Leadership Model available on the website.


Application Process

Stage 1: Match me Tool
Stage 2: Online Application
Stage 3: Online Psychometric Tests
Stage 4: Interview
Stage 5: Assessment Centre




Prepare for your NHS tests

  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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There are 4 different career options within the scheme and all last 2 years (aside from finance which is 2.5 years)

  • Finance management – includes activities surrounding corporate finance, accounting, financial analysis and methods for achieving value for money. This scheme can lead to the role of finance director.
  • Human resources management – this will cover areas like change management, recruitment, employment legislation, team building and performance management. This scheme leads to the role of HR director which is vital in the running of the organisation as it ensures that the workforce is skilled, competent and diverse.
  • General management – this is a fast track to director level appointments. Experienced will be gained within organisation strategy, healthcare policy, managing change in healthcare and other general areas that impact the running of the NHS. This can lead to roles such as executive director or chief executive.
  • Health informatics management – there are 4 core areas in this specialism; coding and collection and storage of data; development of technology and systems to process, distribute and process data; information management and analysis; providing intelligence to support decision-making. You’ll gain experience in software engineering, computer systems, knowledge management and more. This can lead to director of informatics.

Entry Requirements:

  • 2:2 degree or above in any subject


  • A postgraduate qualification (MBA, Masters, PhD)


  • Degree level equivalent qualifications that are health or management related

For the finance scheme – individuals who are already qualified or have completed the first stage of the professional accountancy qualification CIPFA will not be accepted.

For the HR scheme – individuals already qualified as graduate members of CIPD will not be accepted.

For the health informatics scheme – individuals already qualified or have a postgraduate qualification in health informatics will not be accepted.

No specific work experience is required, although this will be beneficial.

The application process is roughly 5 months. Applications will be submitted in December and the online tests completed in the same week as the submission deadline. The interviews will take place in January and February. If successful you will be invited to the assessment centre in March and a formal offer will be made in April/May.

As well as the online tests and assessment centre, there will also be an interview. It is highly recommended that you have some good knowledge of the organisation, even if no experience in it. You will not necessarily be asked about what you know about the NHS, more so competency-based questions, however it is good to show that you have done your research as it will only result in a better impression. Knowing how the organisation is run and its values will also help in how you will answer the more general questions in the interview.