Author: Grace LoveladyDate: 2 years 7 months Ago

The HFMA/Skills Development Network (SDN) Finance Workforce Census 2017 results are in and indicate that there have been no significant changes in terms of gender and BAME diversity since the last census results were published in 2015. This is obviously of concern.

 Key statistics from the census show that:

  • 18% of the finance workforce, who disclosed their ethnicity, are from a BAME background and only 4% of director level positions are held by BAME employees
  • 61% of the finance function are female but only 28% of director level positions are held by women.

Future-Focused Finance are committed to supporting Diversity & Inclusion, recognising that it is an important aspect in ensuring finance teams identify, nurture and support talented individuals from all backgrounds. To help us to understand the barriers facing female employees and employees from a BAME background when trying to progress in their careers, we will be hosting two Safe House Discussions in July that will give delegates the opportunity to take part in facilitated discussions that will be interactive and practical, and will take place in a safe environment so that delegates can discuss their experiences and feelings openly around the key themes for the day. 

We will then take forward the key outcomes and action areas of the day to implement into our diversity work programme and through the roll out of projects.

In recent years, more and more evidence has been published to support the fact that if we invested in a more diverse NHS workforce then this will enable every organisation to deliver a more inclusive service and improve patient care. The HFMA/SDN census results show that progress is slow within the NHS finance function, which means that there is much more work to be done to improve both the gender and ethnicity balances at senior and board levels.

Watch our animation on Diversity and Inclusion in NHS Finance below: