Aspiring Finance Leaders Talent Pool Applications Closing soon!

Limited time left to apply for the second cohort of the NHS Aspiring Finance Leaders National Talent Pool – applications close 12 February 2018.   The photo shows talent pool participants and Bob Alexander, Executive Director of Resources/Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Improvement at the Development Centre in June 2017.

Career Development Opportunities with NHS Interim Management and Support

While we were developing our National Talent Pool and Regional Talent Networks we were introduced to colleagues at NHS Interim Management and Support (NHS IMAS). NHS IMAS provides interim management and consultancy support to NHS organisations that need to fill a position on a short to medium term basis.  NHS IMAS is an NHS organisation working on behalf of the NHS that can help finance colleagues to broaden their experience, step into their next challenge and seek new development opportunities.

NHS Improvement signs FD declaration

NHS Improvement's Chief Finance Officer, Elizabeth O'Mahony has signed the FFF FD Declaration along with all NHS I Regional Finance Directors, Jeff Buggle (London), Mark Mansfield (Midlands & East), Jonathan Stephens (North) and Spencer Prosser (South).  

NHS Improvement National Sector Forums

During 2017 over 70 trusts made submissions to the national patient-level cost collection, covering acute, mental health and ambulance services.  NHS Improvement will be kicking off 2018 with four National Sector Forums to highlight the changing role of costing and help you prepare your organisation for these changes.    Agendas are designed specifically for each sector (acute, community, mental health & ambulance) and include: clinician-led projects to improve care using costing information joint-working across information, finance and operational teams to improve data quality for decision making developments between PLICS and the model hospital and GIRFT programmes sharing learning from trusts involved in PLICS collections to date outlining changes to guidance from NHS Improvement and NHS England The forums are primarily aimed at directors of finance and transformation.  NHS Improvement would also welcome clinical and operational leads who use patient-level costing information in their work.   These National Sector Forums are being held in partnership with HFMA, one for each sector, between 22 January and 9 February.  To book your place please visit

Finance Development Day

Lancashire Care organised a  Development Day for the Finance staff on 21/12/2017, just before we broke up for the festive break. It was a fantastic day with speakers within the trust from varius departments, along with Gary Raphael - Finance Director, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria, speaking about Understanding Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships(STPs) and David Alford from MIAA, speaking about Counter Fraud and giving live examples.  We also had Louise Elo from Chorley Council who talked about the work LCFT and the council are doing for the betterment of the community.

2017 Future-Focused Finance Award

We are thrilled to announce that winner of the 2017 Future-Focused Finance award, presented at the HFMA annual conference, is John McLoughlin, senior finance lead – financial accounting and services, NHS England. (John is pictured above centre, with Mark Orchard, HFMA President (left), and David Ellcock, Programme Director, FFF (right)).

Keep in touch!

Hi FFF friends, As you have likely already heard, I've started my new role as National Business Processing Lead with NHS RightCare. I just wanted to pop up a quick note to say how much I've enjoyed my time with Future-Focused Finance.

Value Maker Regional Leads Announced

The Value Maker Network wanted to set up a regional approach to promote best practice and share ideas at a local level.  We are therefore launching 10 regional networks and are pleased to announce the Leads as follows: North West Di Ormandy, Head of Skills Development for the North West will be the overall lead for this region.  Di is also a member of the Great Place to Work and Skills and Strengths Delivery Group.  The North West have decided to split their region into 3 areas Lancashire & Cumbria, Chesire & Merseyside and Greater Manchester and will run local value maker events in each of these areas. The Lancashire & Cumbria Value Maker Network  will be led by Tracey Hebblethwaite, Finance Manager - Procurement and Projects, Chorley & South Ribble CCG/ Greater Preston CCG and Beth Pidduck, Senior Assistant Financial Advisor, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT.  Both Tracey and Beth are FACE Network Leads and have already started running value maker events in the region.

Exciting Opportunity to join the FFF team

We have another opportunity for a Programme Manager to join the FFF team, as our colleague Jo Parris is joining NHS RightCare. This will be a full-time, fixed-term post, ending when FFF comes to an end (currently planned for March 2022).

HFMA Mental Health Forum - Costing at North Staffs Combined

We were delighted to present at the HFMA Mental Health Forum on Tuesday 26th September in Manchester. You can see our costing presentation here titled 'The journey to winning the HFMA annual costing award' which seemed to arouse some interesting questions around direction of travel for costing, payment approaches in mental health, what information commissioners want to see, benchmarking, using PLICS to consider CIP opportunities and what point should we share information?