About the Programme

About the Programme

About the programme iconAbout the Programme

The Programme

On this programme, you will gain academic knowledge as well as a hands-on learning experience, based in placements across Wales in primary care, secondary care and a corporate division dependant on your placement organisation. Throughout the programme you will receive extensive mentorship, coaching, training and a comprehensive orientation tour in your placement organisation so you can make the most out of your experience - NHS Wales Graduate Programme Brochure.

We are looking for leaders who can drive excellence through creative and innovative thinking to improve the experience and health for the people of Wales. You will be able to employ strong analytical skills to organise thoughts and develop plans by utilising information and facts to evidence the case for change. Through close and positive collaboration with clinical and non-clinical professionals across public services, you will drive excellence through resilience and an unwavering focus to influence change, transforming and modernising our services.

You will be working alongside inspirational and dynamic leaders, as well as an executive mentor, courageous in challenging the status quo to improve and enhance the experience for patients, colleagues and partners. The programme will stimulate your curiosity and innovation enabling you to influence and champion change.

As an NHS Graduate, you will be guided and supported to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a leader in the organisation, ensuring an ever more efficient, quality-driven and professional health care service.

Where else would you get the opportunity or organisation that can offer experiences of sitting in on a surgery, riding in an ambulance, observing admissions in A&E, visiting a mortuary or attending a board meeting?


In addition to the specific requirements for the role, to apply you need to have:

tickattained or be predicted to receive a minimum of a 2:2 in any degree discipline.

tickshare the values of NHS Wales, be committed to a public service career path and throw everything into learning as much as possible with us.

There is no time limit about how long ago you were awarded your degree but if when you apply you have a predicted grade, this needs to be confirmed no later than July 2023.

To apply, it is not essential to have had any specific work experience however tangible examples of paid or unpaid work experience may be helpful during the assessment stages. A great way to do this would be volunteer at your local hospital which will help you gain an insight into our ways of working, challenges and culture.

Host Organisations

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, with NHS Wales Logo

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Employing over 14,500 staff and provides health care services for a population of over 450,000 people across South East Wales including Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent. We also provide a range of services for South Powys.

 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health BoardWe are the largest health organisation in Wales, with a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of over 17,000 staff. We have three main hospital sites at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Cardiff and Vale University Health BoardEmploying 14,500 staff who provide healthcare to 475,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We also providespecialist care to the people of South Wales, Wales and for some services, the wider UK.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health BoardCwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board provides primary, community, hospital and mental health services to the 450,000 people - just over 14% of the Welsh population, living in the three County Boroughs of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, employing 13,000 staff.

Digital Health and Care Wales with NHS Wales Logo

Digital Health and Care WalesA national organisation delivering the technology and first class digital health systems and services needed for modern patient care in Wales. We are helping meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare with innovative systems, dedicated software and hardware support, improved information sharing, the introduction of online services for patients, and the development of future generations of healthcare IT specialists.

Health Education and Improvement with NHS Wales Logo

Health Education and Improvement WalesEstablished in 2018 as a Special Health Authority, the new organisation unites the Wales Deanery, NHS Wales Workforce Education & Development Services and the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education. We play a leading role in the education, training, development and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales.

Hywel Dda University health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Hywel Dda University health BoardWe are currently in the process of transformation that will deliver improvements to the healthcare for the population of 384,000 covering Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire through our brilliant workforce of 10,000 people.

NHS Wales Shared Services with NHS Wales Logo

NHS Wales Shared ServicesNHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) is a shared services organisation providing vital services to health boards across NHS Wales. We are a pan Wales organisation with sites across Wales and we actively promote an agile working approach and support NHS Wales by creating a dedicated shared services organisation.

Powys Teaching Health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Powys Teaching Health BoardAs a rural health board, we provide healthcare to 133,000 people living across a quarter of Wales. We have a large District General Hospital within Powys, commissioning acute care for our residents from our neighbouring health boards, in Wales and across the borders into England.

Public Health Wales with NHS Wales Logo

Public Health WalesTo achieve improvements in health, well-being and reduce health inequalities in Wales, we will need to focus on what works, support our own national and local 1,800 Public Health Wales people. We support our partners including communities, workplaces, the NHS, local authorities, the third sector, public services and housing agencies in becoming public health advocates and champions within and across communities.

Swansea Bay University Health Board with NHS Wales Logo

Swansea Bay University Health BoardWe employ 12,500 staff to provide services for a population of around 390,000 in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea areas. We have three major hospitals providing a range of services: Morriston and Singleton in Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Baglan, Port Talbot. We also have a community hospital and primary care resource centres.

Velindre NHS Trust with NHS Wales Logo

Velindre NHS TrustWe are one of the largest cancer centres in the UK, providing specialist cancer and blood services across South and Mid Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service. There are 5 Divisions of the Trust – Corporate, Welsh Blood Service, Velindre Cancer Centre, Research, Development and Innovation and Transforming Cancer Services.

Welsh Ambulance Services Trust with NHS Wales Logo

Welsh Ambulance Services TrustWAST employs 3,500 staff across Wales, working at the forefront of innovation in unplanned clinical care. We serve three million people in Wales, spread over an area of 20,640 kilometres. Our diverse area encompasses tranquil rural retreats, busy seaside resorts and large urban boroughs. But our varied and modern services are tailor-made for each community’s differing environmental and medical needs.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

NHS Wales views diversity positively, recognising differences and embracing each colleague’s unique contribution and welcomes applications from all groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all candidates, ensuring that no applicant is discriminated against. No applicant should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, gender, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital partnership status, religion or belief, age, disability, social and employment status or any other personal characteristic.

If you require this information in any other format such as large text or braille or if you require reasonable adjustments to be made please contact the team who will be happy to assist via heiw.graduateprogramme@wales.nhs.uk. We may require evidence, such as letter or documentation from a medical professional to confirm adjustments required.

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