“ Is a background in finance a necessity for the finance program? ”

Simon V. asked a question in topic Application Advice
to NHS Recruitment Team


First up, I think these employee profiles quite insightful !Nice work! Regarding the graduate programme, I am still deciding between applying for the financial management programme and the general management programme.

Considering I apply for the finance programme, is a background in finance a necessity? If not, are there any areas specific in finance that I should focus on while preparing for the assessments?
NHS Graduate Management Trainee - Finance, Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Hi Simon,

I am a first year trainee on the Finance training programme, I had the same debate when I was looking at applying for the scheme. My background is a degree in Physiotherapy and prior to the scheme I had only a Business Studies A Level as experience. So in answer to your question, No its not. If you are successful in gaining a place on the scheme however, you will be working as part of the finance department so I did a lot of preparation both during the interviews and once I found out where I was going to be placed in trying to get my head around how NHS finance works both in general and at my trust. You will need to be able to explain your choice through the assessment process.

The Finance stream is very demanding as you begin your Finance study very quickly after starting so you need to be committed to it to be able to give it the time required as with no Finance background you won't have any exemptions for the exams.

Hope that helps, good luck!


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