• Pilot launched to place management trainees in A&E departments and ambulance trusts
  • Graduates to be placed in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions

NHS graduate management trainees will be placed in urgent and emergency care systems for the first time as part of a new pilot, NHS leaders announced today.

The collaboration between NHS Improvement and the NHS Leadership Academy will see four graduates placed into ambulance trusts and emergency departments across the North West and Yorkshire and Humber this month.

The pilot, part of the NHS graduate management training scheme, is designed to support the evolution of regional healthcare systems as part of the NHS long term plan, the regulator said.

Two graduate trainees will spend time with North West Ambulance Services Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and Salford Royal FTs. Another two will work at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals trusts.

NHSI director of nursing improvement Mark Radford said the pilot was “an opportunity to develop leadership talent and innovation from the ground up”.

Rob Farace, head of graduate management training scheme at the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “We must adapt our approach to look at leadership on a systems level, rather than in silos. This pilot has been developed in response to a clear need for a joined-up leadership development programme that is optimised for the urgency and emergency care sector.”

NHS Leadership Academy managing director Steven Hart said: “Growing and fulfilling leadership potential is more critical than ever before, and ambulance trusts are increasingly being challenged to accommodate growing demand and increasing patient expectations.”