NHS Finance Insights placement scheme

An exciting career opportunity for Year 13 students from low-income families.

About the scheme:

The NHS Finance Insights placement scheme offers paid work experience in NHS organisations throughout England to individuals aged 18 and above, who do not plan to attend university and come from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The scheme aims to attract diverse talent from local communities served by the NHS into the finance sector. It provides a 12-month experience in an entry-level (band 2) finance role, allowing candidates to develop new skills and gain on-the-job work experience. Upon completion of the placement, each candidate should feel well-prepared to apply for NHS opportunities, including apprenticeships or other entry-level roles, and be confident in transitioning to professional working environments.

Entry requirements:

The initiative aims to support young people aged 18+ from low-income families, and applicants interested must meet the following criteria:

  • Attending state school or college, minimum Grade C / 4 in GCSE Maths is desirable but not essential, and
  • Not planning on attending university, and
  • The occupation of your main household earner is categorised as a lower socio-economic background*, or
  • Have been eligible for free school meals** at any point in the previous six years

*Parental occupation classification is a national standard, and the Social Mobility Work’s toolkit (found here) provides details on the categorisations.

**Free School Meals are a statutory benefit available to school-aged children from families who receive other qualifying benefits and who have been through the relevant registration process. It does not include those who receive meals at school through other means e.g., boarding school.

Scheme delivery:

The scheme originated from a pilot initiated in London in 2023 and has since expanded to all 7 NHS regions in England. In 2024, each region will be hosting placement students from across their local communities and are set to commence in September 2024. If you are currently working in NHS finance and wish to learn more about your region’s scheme, please contact finance.academy@nhs.net.

Download the scheme brochure

This promotional brochure outlines the schemes benefits and application process.

Download it here

Are you a young person interested in applying?

Apply using the online application form before the deadline – 5pm Friday 24th May 2024.

Apply here