Innovation themes - Graduates into Health

The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world and offers exciting opportunities behind the front line in support services. The Graduates into Health programme links students and graduates from universities to NHS managers who are recruiting to business functions within their teams at entry level roles.

The current range of positions that we recruit to includes IT, procurement and supply chain, business, administration, project management, marketing and communications, research and more.

Graduates into Health

Listen to managers explain how Graduates into Health, previously known as the NHS Internship Scheme, has helped them upskill their team and interns who have taken their first steps on their NHS career. 

Listen to Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and highly regarded NHS medical professional, giving his view of the importance of Graduates into Health, previously known as the NHS Internship Scheme, to the health economy.


Graduates into Health works with Organisational Development/ HR to develop a graduate framework that suits your organisation’s needs. We establish your entry level requirements and link in and liaise with universities to help fill your vacancies. This includes helping design or review of the Job Description through to advertising, shortlisting and interviewing.

  • Supports NHS healthcare providers with entry level recruitment
  • Develops and delivers a responsive and customer focussed sustainable recruitment service
  • Establishes a long-term pipeline of talent out of local universities to within the NHS.

Benefits of the programme:

  • Build workforce capacity which is critical to the future success of the NHS
  • A cost effective way to source genuine talent
  • Meet equality and diversity targets
  • Reduce agency usage and cost
  • Streamlined recruitment of high quality graduates
  • Create a continuous pipeline of talent
  • Succession planning

“Through the professional service provided by Graduates into Health we have attracted dynamic, motivated people, keen to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to their roles, while being able to significantly reduce costs of hiring new staff." Rob Grover, Head of Organisation Development, South East CSU

To recruit your graduate, please contact Palvasha Zia, Graduates into Health Project Manager. 


Graduates into Health can:

  • Develop you professionally within a world-class public organisation
  • All roles are paid at the minimum of London Living Wage, and often paid at £22,000 plus
  • The roles can range from full-time to part- time vacancies and can be from three months to a year, with the potential for a permanent role
  • Offers experience in vital roles supporting the clinical frontline in health care
  • Develop your CV to increase your chances for future employment.

I have completed my placement and I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. Being part of a fast paced environment and meeting personal targets and the overall aims of the team on tight deadlines has developed my time management skills. The NHS will be the perfect blend of my interests and passion and this opportunity has invigorated me to explore different career paths.” Hira Naveed- Information, Innovation and Improvement Assistant, Health Innovation Network

To recruit on the programme and recieve graduate vacancies, please send your CV to Palvasha Zia, Graduates into Health Recruitment Manager.


Information Management & Technology Pathway Programme

Working in partnership with universities, industry 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 to fast track entry level staff within IM&T into senior roles, support succession planning and meet increasing technological demands. For more information, please click here or contact Louise Brennan, Graduates into Health Programme Manager.

Find out more

If you would like to discuss the programme in more detail, find out more about vacancies, or discuss the possibility of recruiting a graduate, please contact Louise Brennan, Graduates into Health Programme Manager or Palvasha Zia, Graduates into Health Project Manager.

For more information please visit our resources below for employers and students/graduates:




We are also working with Health Education South London (HESL) to ensure education commissioning is informed by the Network’s priorities and developments, so the future workforce is equipped to deliver new models of care.

In collaboration with the South London CLAHRC, Innovation Fellows have been appointed across our clinical themes to help progress project areas with academic rigour.