Documents & Reports

The financial challenges facing general practice

We asked general practitioners (GPs) and practice managers about the current financial challenges facing general practice. Their responses highlight a number of serious concerns about the issues facing general practice and in this briefing we make a number of recommendations to address some of the most pressing issues.

General practice is facing unprecedented pressures and, with GPs managing heavier and more complex workloads, uncertainty about a sustainable future in a rapidly changing landscape is understandable. In such a stretched environment general practice needs guidance and support to manage the status quo, let alone deliver the increasing expectations set out in Next steps on the NHS five year forward view.

Driving Value Through Difference - Building a diverse and inclusive NHS Finance function

The growing body of research on diversity and inclusion (D&I) shows that well-managed, diverse teams provide better care for patients, better management of resources, are more innovative and make better decisions. Developing a diverse pipeline of talent is a key focus of the Future-Focused Finance programme as stated by the Finance Leadership Council and we have recently been working with colleagues at Ernst and Young to develop this narrative, which outlines why it is so important to increase the diversity of our workforce and continue to build an inclusive culture across all parts of the NHS.

Value Maker Stories

This document shares individual stories from a number of FFF Value Makers, including their achievements to date, their aims for the next year and their top tips for getting started as a Value Maker. The document also includes 'Build a Value Maker', a tool to help Value Makers to create an action plan for their Value Maker activities.

CIPFA Review of the Secondment Pilot

In 2014, Yorkshire and Humber organisations were invited to take part in a finance secondment pilot. This review aims to idenitify the benefits and drawbacks to participating individuals and organisations, review whether the planned outcomes of the pilot were met and identify any lessons learned. Read more here. 

Career Stories

Future-Focused Finance commissioned the HFMA to produce a series of NHS finance career stories to highlight different career pathways and the attractions of working in NHS finance.
The stories promote the benefits to people considering their career options at all points in the spectrum, from students to finance directors working in other industries. They may also be of interest to NHS finance professionals considering what their next step might be.

CIPFA Evaluation of Great Place to Work Assessments

In September 2014, CIPFA was commissioned to provide an independent evaluation of the Great Place to Work (GPtW) survey process. The survey was piloted by 20 organisations throughout the NHS, chosen to reflect the geographic and organisational spread across England. Find the independent review of the process here.

Characteristics of a Finance Leader

Working with Prospect we have produced a Finance Leaders key characteristics framework. Developed in consultation with senior leaders from across the NHS, the framework details the key characteristics of a finance leader to help individuals to assess their preparedness to apply for a senior finance role. 

NHS FFF Inquiry into Innovation

This inquiry sought to investigate the cultural opportunities and barriers to innovation in Finance professionals, and the role NHS Finance can and could play in leading and generating innovation within the finance function, and across organisations and systems.

Supporting NHS Finance Leaders

This report summarises the HFMA’s research into the obstacles faced by aspiring finance leaders in achieving their career ambitions and the support available for aspiring and current finance leaders.

Characteristics of a Great Place to Work - Literature Review

We have produced a literature review, researching the characteristics of a great place to work, within all sectors and then specifically within the NHS. This research has identified the behaviours that have the biggest impact on how people who work in NHS finance feel about their job. The full report can be accessed here.