Sukhraj H.
NHS General Graduate Management Trainee
Specialism General Management

About Sukhraj

Key Experiences

Starting out on a career with the NHS
I graduated with a degree in economics from University College London and joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme as a general manager this September.

Current Position

I am involved in the operational aspects of running a CBU
My job title is Assistant Service Manager and on a day to day basis the tasks I perform can vary. One of my key responsibilities is handling the junior doctor's rota which involves ensuring we have safe staffing on the wards in order to provide a good quality of care for our patients. I am also currently assisting in helping to open up an additional 'winter pressures' ward to deal with the seasonal influx of patients that is fast approaching. Additionally, I will also soon be involved in a programme called "safer, faster, better" which is aiming to make improvements in patient flow, discharge planning and preventing admission in and out of hospital.

Main Motivations

Being given real responsibility
I've had the privilege of sitting in on a number of meetings with senior managers and clinicians and discussing important, topical issues within the hospital in which I am based. Being involved in important decision making with supportive and collaborative colleagues is a very exciting part of my role.
In addition to this the fact that the role is varied means that I look forward to coming into work and being exposed to new challenges on a daily basis. Moreover, being able to feel as though I am contributing to patient care within the NHS is very rewarding.

Top Advice

Look to get involved in as much as possible
Take the initiative and don't be shy. My experience of staff within the NHS is that they are very friendly and welcoming and relish having extra help with projects, so don't be afraid to ask to be involved in things that take your interest.
With regards to preparing for interviews and assessment centres any experience you can get of the NHS will be helpful. Try to keep yourself informed of the issues that the NHS is currently facing and make sure you are aware of the values of the NHS and how you can demonstrate them.


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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