Andy H.
Finance Graduate Trainee
Specialism Finance Management

About Andy

Key Experiences

From working in a biology lab to the NHS finance graduate scheme
After completing a biology degree at Aston University I had a couple of laboratory technician jobs, studying breast cancer and producing diagnostic tests for diseases such as Zika. Although I enjoyed these jobs I wanted to do something more challenging with great career prospects which led me to the NHS graduate scheme. I am now on the finance stream, working in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The scheme definitely offers a challenging, yet rewarding, experience with many fantastic opportunities for development.

Current Position

A healthy balance of studying, coursework, accounting and networking.
I spent my first 20 days on the scheme on orientation, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get first hand experience of the NHS, from seeing open heart surgery to spending a full shift with paramedics in an ambulance. Since then I have spent time attending lectures, revising for and doing my first set of CIPFA exams (only 10 more to go!). I have recently had a residential in Leeds to start my Elizabeth Garrett Anderson studies, a post graduate certificate in healthcare leadership, and have another in a couple of weeks. When I am in the office I have been completing some basic financial reports and reconciliations.

Main Motivations

The opportunity to work on projects that could change people's lives
The Finance scheme is essentially 2 and a half years of learning and development, with the aim that at the end you will be able to go on a make big decisions which will hopefully improve the NHS. It is a fantastic feeling to be in this position as there is an unlimited amount of opportunities to develop, including attending leadership academy workshops, HFMA conferences, learning from peers, shadowing board meetings and mentors. Graduates have a great track record, with 4 of the last 5 chief executives being alumni of the scheme as well as many other senior management positions across the whole NHS.

Top Advice

Know the NHS values and think about how they relate to you
The best bit of advice I can give is to learn the NHS values and think about how your experiences relate to them. Also look at the NHS leadership framework and understand the importance of each part.

There is no set person or personality the NHS is looking for so just be yourself.

NHS

Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.

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