The NHS provides an enormous range of services to millions of people across the country. It requires skilled and dedicated people in a wide range of management roles to lead and run it in order to treat and care for patients.

Disciplines including human resources, procurement, IT and estates management have evolved, and with that the need for specialist managers in addition to managers with general administrative skills.

Clinical specialties and sub-specialties have also developed, requiring leaders who have specific expertise in addition to generic skills.

See the videos and case studies to find out more.


There are many different management roles. Use the links below to explore more about each of the management roles on the Health Careers website run by Health Education England.

Videos and case studies

Step into the NHS – staff stories

How does the NHS work?

NHS Apprenticeships – the hidden gems

Further information

The Edward Jenner programme – for participants who are new to leadership by helping them to gain a fresh perspective on the delivery of services and impact they have on the patient experience.

The Mary Seacole programme – designed for those looking to move into their first formal leadership role, or those new to first time leadership. 

The Elizabeth Garraett Anderson programme – aims to equip new or aspiring senior leaders with the confidence to drive lasting change to improve the patient experience.

The Nye Bevan programme – aimed at developing the best executive leaders by helping them to perform better at board level. 

The Ready Now programme for aspiring black and minority ethnic (BME) leaders.

Return to Work Mentoring programme for those leaders planning to take maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, carers leave or fostering.

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme for graduate trainees to become future leaders in the NHS.