Graduate IM&T Fast Track Scheme

Working in partnership with universities and NHS managers, our aim is to attract the top graduates into IM&T careers in the NHS. 

Supported by high quality development pathways this will create a long-term pipeline of fast track entry level staff within IM&T into senior roles, support succession planning and meet increasing technological demands. 

"There is a need to strengthen and grow the CCIO field, others trained in clinical care and informatics, and health IT professionals more generally"
- Wachter (2016)


What we are working to achieve


NHS Digital and HINs Graduates into Health (GiH) programme are working with Global Digital Exemplars, Fast Followers and digitally focused trusts across London and home counties to develop a fast track development pathway for IM&T graduates to become the NHS next middle managers.

We are creating a pipeline of talented IM&T graduates that will take on entry level roles in NHS organisations in London and the home counties, to be trained to take on more senior roles and given the support and guidance to flourish. This is an opportunity to grow your own IT/IM specialists for your trust.

The programme will last 2 years, and be designed by a collaboration NHS Digital, GDEs, Fast Followers, Digitally focused trusts, and Graduate Management Team. Graduates will start their roles at Band 5 and progress to Band 6/7 through a highly focussed development programme to include an apprenticeship, CDP sessions, rotations and mentoring support.

Who we are currently working with:

Following a very successful first round of recruitment, we have launched the second phase of recruitment and will be recruiting our next intake of talented trainees. We are currently partnering with a number of trusts and are looking to recruit additional trusts as participants of the scheme. To date, we have recruited entry level talent for/are working with the following trusts:

  • South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

  • St Georges NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kings College NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kingston NHS Foundation Trust

  • Croydon NHS Foundation Trust

  • Epsom & St Helier NHS Foundation Trust

  • South West London & St Georges Mental Health Trust

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

  • South West London STP

  • Health Innovation Network

The Graduate Trainee Scheme Timeframes:

Phase 1

  • Trust manager lead identifies IM&T graduate role e.g. Data Analyst, Cyber Security, Junior Networker, Project Manager, Developer, etc

  • Applies to the scheme

  • Places are allocated

Phase 2

  • Assessment Center 20th September 2019

  • Cohort 4 Band 5 IM&T Graduates recruited onto the scheme

  • The rotations are designed

  • Apprenticeship pathway procured by placement trust

Phase 3

  • Cohort 4 begins the scheme

  • Apprenticeship training starts

  • Mentoring and CPD workshops including day release throughout scheme

  • The graduates are given support as a cohort by the GiH team and AHSNs, including invitations to several Digital Health London and Accelerator events

  • Scheme assessment: Apprenticeship completed plus Manager End Point Appraisal

  • On successful completion, graduate progresses to Band 6/7 in their IM&T field


Graduates into Health Track Record


The GiH programme have 1,500 talented University graduates from local Universities in London the south east signed up to the programme. We have also teamed up with the Graduate Management Trainee Scheme to select from their pre-assessed 20,000 graduates that apply to their programme every year. The GiH programme has a great track record placing over 80 graduates across trusts, CCGs, GP surgeries and third sector across London and the south east with a 96% retention rate.

Your Commitment as a Graduate Manager

  • Allow our graduate time to do their apprenticeship studies (approx. 21 days)

  • Allow your graduate time to do their mentoring and CPD workshops. (approx. 15 days)

  • Give us feedback on the design of the scheme

  • Allow your graduate to complete their 2 x rotations

  • Hold regular 1 to 1s with your graduate and their apprenticeship assessors (once every 6 weeks)

  • Hold an IM&T trainee Scheme End Point Assessment (IM&T EPA) with your graduates

How we support you and your graduate(s)

  • Recruitment of your talented graduate and support with any pastoral issues

  • Help identifying a quality apprenticeship provider / training plan including liaising with your apprenticeship lead

  • Dedicated apprenticeship tutor to ensure your graduate is learning

  • Dedicated account manager to support you while your graduate is on scheme

Financial arrangements

NHS Digital has funded a number of placements across the London Global Digital Exemplars. We are keen to build a slightly larger cohort as we believe this will be beneficial to the trainees so will also be offering places to other London Trusts on a paid for basis.  

The Trusts pay the salaries of the graduates and the apprenticeship training comes out of their Apprenticeship Levy.

Please click the below button to download the Manager Guide.



"The IM&T Trainee Scheme is a welcome intervention to the challenges trusts face in bringing in new talent.  We need an innovative programme like this to help drive both quality improvement and value from our workforce."

Stephen Docherty, Chief Information Officer- South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Next steps – express your interest / get more information:

Contact the Programme Manager, Louise Brennan on: 
Phone: 020 7188 9674


Marian Fagbebe, Project Manager
Phone: 020 7188 9674

"Following participation in a very thorough and difficult selection day evaluating a number of  very high calibre candidates. SLaM  have been fortunate in having a graduate join as part of the scheme. In the time she has been in the Trust she has contributed to a complex and important piece of work. Hitting the ground running; delivering analysis of  a high quality that is vital to the programme in a professional  and considered manner. I am really pleased that she elected to join our organisation as part of her career development”

Hirak Majumdar, Head of Digital Programme Management, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust