Magazine article Public Finance

Finance Chiefs Back Efforts to Keep NHS Accountants United

Magazine article Public Finance

Finance Chiefs Back Efforts to Keep NHS Accountants United

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The six most senior finance leaders in the NHS are backings campaign to consolidate and develop financial management across the health service after the government's restructure.

The fledgling Future-Focused Finance initiative aims to ensure the NHS finance profession retains its cohesiveness as the organisation grapples with the shift from a single entity to one made up of disparate bodies.

Bob Alexander, finance director at the NHS Trust Development Authority and a member of the NHS Financial Leadership Council steering the strategy, told Public Finance: Those of us who are in oversight positions have got a collective interest in ensuringthatthe traditional coherence of NHS financial management and NHS finance staff doesn't get fragmented in the new landscape.'

It was recognised that leaders needed to act 'collaboratively' to develop finance staff whether working in foundation trusts, non-foundations, clinical commissioning groups or NHS England, he added.

Alexander's fellow members of the leadership council are: Paul Baumann, finance director at NHS England; Richard Douglas, finance director general at the Department of Health; Steve Clarke, finance director at Health Education England; Stephen Hay, managing director of provider regulation at Monitor; and Andy Hardy, president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

In a letter sent to NHS finance staff, they stated: 'V\fe know the challenges. Demand is growing Funding is flatter. The health provision and commissioning landscape is still new. …

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