#OneNHSFinance results

Author: Grace LoveladyDate: 1 month 1 week Ago

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the online One NHS Finance conversation so far. One NHS Finance is a national online conversation that offers everyone working in the finance community the opportunity to share current challenges, new ideas and input into how we shape the future of the function for the better.

The initial conversation was launched on 24 September 2020 and in total 2,000 people logged into the conversation. Together they shared 285 ideas, 1,234 comments and 13,060 votes totalling 14,579 contributions, exploring five key subjects:

  • Making a difference for patients
  • Attracting, retaining and developing people in the NHS Finance Community
  • Improving the way we work
  • Building a compassionate and inclusive culture
  • Impact of Covid-19

Find full detailed feedback and themes emerging in downloadble slides on the RHS of this page.

Participants joined the conversation from every type of provider and commissioner organisation across England, across every role and level of the hierarchy. This provided a high quality discussion that we can be confident represents the views of the finance community. 

Some important messages that emerged:

  • Finance staff reported feeling very positive about working in NHS finance and the discussion was a rich and robust conversation.
  • Participants largely felt positive about the contribution of the finance community and their role within the NHS.
  • The majority of participants feel supported by their colleagues and manager, are happy with the amount of responsibility they are given, and have opportunities to use their skills. Numbers are slightly lower for participants getting recognition and feeling valued by their organisation.
  • Patients are and always must be at the heart of what we do
  • Participants shared a desire to use the current climate of change to ensure that finance prioritises fairness for people along with a renewed sense of 'doing the right thing' by the person and the NHS as a whole
  • Collaboration and consistency will help us to shape a better future together
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion must be at the top of everyone's agenda - both within leadership and across teams
  • Training, development, and career progression opportunites should be at the forefront for our people and for devloping home-grown talent

When the data was analysed from the conversation, three strategic themes emerged, which are the areas for action, to be taken forwards in response to the views of participants, along with an emerging vision for the finance community in the future.

  • Developing our people
  • Developing our community
  • Developing our systems and processes

The online conversation will be re-opening on Monday 1 February 2021 to validate the above key themes and agree a shared vision for the NHS Finance function. 

You can still log on to read all conversations and feedback on the online platform via www.onenhsfinance.org.uk