We know there should be a strong culture of staff development across all NHS finance, not just in pockets. We also know that clinicians and other non-finance staff should be helped to develop their finance skills where they recognise that this will help us all deliver the best care we can.

Our 639 Value Makers and 362 Finance and Clinical Educators (FACE) are leading the way. They are sharing best practice and finance education using whatever platforms they can access including Twitter masterclasses, blogs, animations, websites, newsletters and market stalls. We really do have a creative,  enthusiastic and committed team and we want to thank all our Value Makers and FACEs for all their efforts over the last 12 months.

We also focused on providing clinicians with finance training through our ‘Finance 4 Clinicians’ programme, through which we have run courses for junior doctors and consultants.  So far we have taught 329 clinicians about the basics of NHS finance and the use of resources.  In the coming year we will be broadening our audience to provide training for nurses, AHPs and managerial colleagues.

Following the publication of the Financial Challenges Facing General Practice report, we held 2 events as part of the work programme to improve financial knowledge across primary care.

In addition to the courses, we have added to our resources for clinicians in the form of animations, briefings and presentations. These are available from our website here.

In the south east region we wanted to find out what support staff felt they needed and so invited everyone to participate in a survey so they could tell us! Over half of the finance staff in the region responded. We are now collating all 498 responses so that we can work together with SDN and HFMA to make sure people working within the region have access to the support they want and need. Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part. Next we’ll be contacting those working in the eastern region to find out more about how we can support them.

FFF has also been working in partnership with our HFMA and SDN colleagues (previously FSD) as part of our Foundation which brings together our combined efforts to deliver the strategic aims of the Finance Leadership Council.

"…to make the most of my relationships with the clinical directors and managers in our trust. Becoming a value maker will provide… a wider network of best practice experience to help deliver benefits for the patients."
Ian Roberts, Divisional Finance Manager, Wrightington,
Wigan & Leigh NHS FT (via VM application)