Healthcare Value Chain

In June, the Finance Department for East Lancashire CCG launched a 'Summer Sums' event open to all staff in the CCG, with the aim of educating Non-Finance colleagues. One of the slides on display, was Michael Porter's Value Chain and I feel that when discussing making value this is the ideal mechanism.


Hi everyone I just wanted to share across the Finance community how we have followed Bolton in achieving working day 1 reporting for our budget holders. We’d been looking at doing this for a while and then attended an excellent FFF presentation by Ben Roberts last May followed up by a webinar a few weeks later.

Best Possible Value first learning activity is available

As part of our BPV Community network, the first fortnightly learning activity has been posted today in the group: BPV Learning Activity 1 The first task includes around an hour of reading about Porter's theory of healthcare value and the uses of 'the value equation' as a foundation to build later knowledge on. Optional background reading links are included as well as a practical case study in the NHS.

Two More Accredited Organisations

We are delighted to announce that two more organisations gained Level 2 FFF Accreditation at yesterday’s NHS Finance Leadership Council (FLC). Both The Countess of Chester NHS FT and NHS Midlands & Lancashire CSU were awarded Level 2 Accreditation after having submitted their bids earlier in the summer.

Best Possible Value 2017 training events

Following last week’s announcement about all the ways to get involved in the Best Possible Value action area, Future-Focused Finance are hosting a series of training days to get you and colleagues up to speed on using the BPV Decision Framework.   27 October 2017 LEEDS city centre 3 November 2017 BIRMINGHAM city centre 10 November 2017 BRISTOL city centre 13 November 2017 LONDON city centre (Victoria)   If you’re interested in finding out more about what it means to become a BPV Specialist then this training day is a great place to start.

A Month in the Life of an Embedded Finance Business Partner

I was asked to present at our CSU Hub Away Day in July, to give an insight into the role of an Embedded Finance Business Partner. This actually ended up being a great opportunity to reflect on my journey with the NHS so far.  My presentation started with a look at my NHS career path, going from a temporary 6 week Band 3 contract, progressing to a Band 4 Accounts Payable Processing Officer to an Accounts Payable Team Leader in a relatively short space of time.

Summer Sums!

In June, the CCG decided to hold a Finance event which was named 'Summer Sums' although we've not had much of a summer at all! It had a really varied agenda including Play Your Contracts Right and a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire style quiz.

RightCare Business Processing Lead vacancies

NHS RightCare is a national NHS England supported programme committed to delivering the best care to patients, making the NHS’s money go as far as possible and improving patient outcomes. You can find out more at The programme is now being devolved from a national team and expanded to regional teams.

Get involved with the Best Possible Value action area

The Best Possible Value (BPV) Decision Framework supports NHS organisations in designing a clear, structured decision-making process that demonstrates good governance and models options based on the value offered to service users and taxpayers. The ‘value equation’ is used throughout to measure the impact of strategic and operational decisions within organisations and local health economies on clinical outcomes, patient experience and safety.

Hello to FFF's New Recruits

We're very pleased to be able to let you know that, following Rebecca's return to her old stomping ground at Chesterfield Royal and Camilla's promotion to Programme Manager, we have recruited two new staff to our team. Rose Bennett has already joined us and will be taking over Camilla's previous duties as Programme Coordinator with immediate effect.