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NHS Clinicians 'Need Training in Finance'

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Clinicians 'Need Training in Finance'

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The health service must provide financial management training for doctors, nurses and other clinicians to improve efficiency and patient care, according to the Audit Commission.

The commission said that in the past money was often seen as the preserve of the finance department but reforms had made this approach redundant.

In its report Aprescription for partnership: engaging clinicians in financial management, published last week, the commission said that closer working between clinical and finance staff would improve planning and costing. The resulting efficiency savings could be reinvested in better patient care, it added.

Finance departments had a vital role to play in getting clinicians involved - by providing training where necessary and by offering accurate, up-to-date data tailored to their needs. …

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