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Training in management


Whatever the sector of management, gaining management qualifications while on-the-job improves career prospects and performance greatly and is encouraged in most healthcare organisations. This page sets out general information about training and applying for training. Training will vary for each type of management. More details appear under the relevant career area (click here).

Supervisor and assistant manager posts

Training may be available on-the-job or in-service to enter some of these posts. A range of organisations, including the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), offer general supervisory level courses. Many training courses are designed to be done while in employment, including NVQs and the IHM/ILM Introductory Award and Award for First Line Managers. Courses more tailored to a specific management area will usually be offered by the professional body for that area (e.g. the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Management posts that can be entered directly

Some posts can be entered directly from outside of the NHS and do not require a knowledge or experience of the NHS.

Graduate management training schemes

The Graduate Management Training Scheme is an intensive programme, combining early responsibility in real jobs with management education. It offers the opportunity to specialise in general, financial, informatics or human resource management. The scheme includes a thorough induction and orientation to the NHS, work placements and, on the General Management Training Scheme, the opportunity to spend time working with other healthcare organisations in the UK.  Trainees on the General Management Scheme are also given the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications in health care or general management. On the Financial Management Scheme, trainees study for professional accountancy qualifications (for example Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy), on the Informatics Management Scheme trainees study for the PG Dip Health Informatics and on the Human Resources Management Scheme, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualifications.

For more information on these schemes please visit www.isthenhsforme.co.uk, where you can apply on-line.

Middle management training

In-service management training is available to individuals already employed in the NHS. The Institute of Healthcare Management's Managing Health and Social Care Programme is a flexible in-service programme of management training, leading to NVQ Level 4 and 5.

For people coming into management from backgrounds with little specific management training, whether they be administrative, clinical or social care, the IHMs practical and flexible management training course, the Certificate in Managing in Health and Social Care (CertMHSC), is particularly useful. This qualification is for:

  • first line managers wishing to dramatically develop or consolidate their management skills
  • clinicians moving into operational management for the first time
  • senior managers wishing to update their skills.

Other formal healthcare management courses are also available. Many of these have been validated by the IHM and most enable full membership.

For further information on IHM courses, contact the IHM on 020 7620 1030 or e-mail enquiries@ihm.org.uk

Senior management training

Details of the NHS fast-track executive programme for senior clinicians and experienced outstanding business leaders from outside the NHS can be found on the NHS Leadership Academy's website

If you have cross sector experience and influence (from across health, social care, education, local government, children’s and emergency services), you could be a prime contender for Intersect – a ground-breaking new systems leadership programme from Leadership for Change, led by the NHS Leadership Academy. Visit the Academy's website for details.

Leadership training

Please visit the NHS Leadership Academy's website for details of leadership training and development within the NHS


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