Eastern Branch health sector insight briefing

Free to HFMA members

22 November 2017

Ernst & Young, One Cambridge Business Park, CB4 0WZ

Aimed at directors of finance, deputies and senior finance managers the briefings will focus on current issues facing the sector.

Join us in Cambridge to hear from executive directors from Ernst & Young discussing the topics of STP governance and commercialism in the NHS.

STP governance

The STP agenda and need to obtain value for money from every pound spent means partnership working is becoming increasingly important for health bodies.  Yet it’s an area where outcomes are often below expectations, relationships can be tense and frustrations run high – and often these can be traced back to poor governance arrangements.  This is an opportunity to discuss the arrangements you have in place to support your partnerships, address issues and judge their effectiveness.  We see the discussion including:

  • The main challenges to working effectively in partnership with others, including how individual parties to the STP need to balance meeting their own statutory duties (including meeting financial targets) and making decisions for the benefit of the STP area as a whole;
  • Key governance arrangements to mitigate the risks and the challenges, including a focus on both short-term governance challenges (eg establishing joint committees of providers or commissioners) and longer-term governance challenges considering what the situation may look like in five years (eg with various types of integrated providers/commissioners);
  • The audit implications of partnership working.

Speaker: Carl Pettitt, senior manager (financial accounting advisory services)

Commercialism in the NHS

With increasing demand for NHS bodies to act more commercially, we will outline sector insights and facilitate a discussion on:

  • What does it mean for the NHS to act more commercially?
  • What are the risks and opportunities?
  • What are the specific governance challenges facing NHS bodies?
  • What lessons can be taken from the NHS commercial experience to date?

Speaker: Suresh Patel, executive director (government and public sector)



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