Policy & Strategy

“I’m looking forward to the responsibility. Improving people’s quality of life will be highly rewarding.”

Jason, Policy and Strategy

Start your journey in Policy and Strategy

You will be working at a national level alongside senior leaders, contributing to high-profile work that will shape and influence the strategic direction of the NHS.  Ability to see the ‘big picture’ and uphold the values of the NHS will be crucial as you evaluate the costs and benefits of different scenarios.  You will be supported and inspired to develop into a strategic leader with the vision and ability to shape the future NHS.  

Day-to-day responsibilities as a trainee could include contributing to policy programmes, working in a policy unit or developing new approaches to financial and allocation strategies.  You might be working as part of a team to publish briefing papers or collaborating with data analysts to ensure policies are based on accurate and robust data. 


Trainees undertake a fully funded Postgraduate Diploma in Health Policy, delivered by Imperial College, London.

All trainees on the scheme study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership during their first year.  In addition to academic qualifications, trainees participate in experiential and action learning, to develop their leadership skills more broadly.  

Career path

Most trainees stay within the NHS England or NHS Improvement after graduating from the Scheme, in roles such as Relationship Manager in the end of life care team,  Primary Care Delivery Manager and Accelerated Access Collaborative Manager.  There is also the scope for trainees to move into an operational role with a NHS Trust.  

2 Years
Any degree 2:2 or above
London or North East & Yorkshire
£25,368 + benefits

We’re looking for leadership potential.  To help you achieve yours, every trainee is supported by a:

• Programme manager to support your progress through the scheme

• Support manager to provide pastoral support for the duration of the scheme

• Placement manager on each placement 

• Buddy – usually a trainee from the previous cohort 

• Local NHS Leadership and Lifelong Learning network – host local events and manage alumni networks

• Trainee Experience Support Group – advocate for trainees within the NHS

Policy & Strategy FAQs

Is there an opportunity to work in a Trust or organisation outside of the NHS Education and Improvement?

All Policy & Strategy trainees complete a 6-month Trust-based placement.

Alert: Applications open 26 September 2022