Software Development Graduate

Job reference: 001124

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 30/11/2019

Salary: £24,214

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: 37.5

About the role
We're the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system. This graduate scheme is an opportunity to join development teams and help to create software that will transform services.  For two years you will work with teams from across the organisation, learning from highly motivated experts and contribute to our successful deliveries.

At NHS Digital we see our graduates as future leaders and influential specialists. You will be mentored by members of our Leadership Programme to ensure that you grow expertise in your subject area while gaining an understanding of business and strategy.

How we work:

  • We work in multi-disciplinary devops lean/agile teams
  • We use the best available technologies to meet the challenges before us, favouring open source but also using commercially sourced technologies. 
  • We commonly write software in Python but we also work in C#/Java and JavaScript frameworks.
  • Data persistence spans relational data tooling such as PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server but also in large NoSQL services built with Riak. 
  • Public cloud services such as AWS and Azure and exploiting their native capabilities to deliver our services, especially in areas such as the containerisation with elastic scaling and serverless computing.   
  • We are value-driven to solve real problems presented through user centric designs

As a trainee you won't be on your own.  During the two year scheme you will be placed in a number of teams, working alongside experienced software developers and trainees like yourself. Along with the wider team, a career mentor and growing trainee community your support network couldn’t be better.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Interested in code
  • Passionate about making a difference on a national scale.
  • Committed to professional development
  • Good problem solvers, people who work well with others and want to use technology when it’s the best answer. 

You will have (or are studying towards) a minimum 2:1 undergraduate or Masters degree, which can be in subjects beyond our traditional areas of interest (computer science). 

Who we are

At NHS Digital we are working to bring about a digital revolution in the provision of health and care. Our aim is to secure a financially sustainable future for the universal care system of which we are all so proud. What we do enables health and care professionals to care for people safely and more effectively.

We power the research that is developing new ways of tackling disease and fully support the role the Government wants the NHS to play in keeping the UK at the forefront of life sciences research.

In the future, the information we make available and the technology systems we build will mean health and care provision in our communities can be brought closer together to make it more efficient and effective. We will give people the information and digital tools they need to support their own health and care choices and outcomes and enable health and care professionals to work more productively.

NHS Digital values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities.

What we offer

On successful completion of the scheme you will be assessed and as a professional could be earning £37K+. Entrants to the scheme would be earning £24K+ on a two year fixed term contract.

In addition to a competitive salary with planned learning and development you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • 27 days annual leave entitlement increasing with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme
  • 14% contribution to your NHS pension
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • A range of NHS Discounts covering, for example, shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance - including 20% off at Nando’s!
  • Car Lease scheme

We are able to offer Tier 2 sponsorship providing we meet the Home Office criteria for more information contact

What’s next? 

You will be invited to complete an online assessment then, if shortlisted, invited to complete an online interview. 
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre in Leeds in February. Job offers will be issued shortly after.

This vacancy will close to new applications when a sufficient number have been received. This means applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Roles at NHS Digital are subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service following an acceptance of an offer of employment. Basic checks provide details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


The closing date for this job has now passed.