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The NHS Operating Game - Acute

This game has been specifically designed for the NHS as a unique and valuable training tool for staff, whether working in clinical, financial or board member roles.

The game provides a unique and powerful opportunity for healthcare professionals (NHS and Suppliers) to experience some of the key operational, clinical and financial challenges faced by acute hospital trusts.

Participants manage a theoretical hospital and our encouraged to discuss and review their performance and adapt their strategy, in order to get the best financial and clinical outcomes.

Find out how Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust are using the game in their organisation, in the video below:

Delivery methods

HFMA delivery day

The day is facilitated at your premises, by HFMA’s high calibre facilitators who have worked in NHS finance at board level for decades. Delegates will get a sound grasp of how money flows through the NHS and how various pressures and challenges can impact on decision making and budgeting. Teams will be managing a Trust for a day, with various responsibilities such as managing patients, service lines, clinical staff, funding, assets and relationships with commissioners.

We guarantee a session that is Fun, Informative, Interactive and Insightful.

Annual licence option

Want to run training in house? HFMA also offer the Operating game on an annual licence to NHS organisations, supported with a 2 day ‘train-the-trainer’ course to enable your finance team to run ​the game. We deliver you a complete game kit with all resources required for you to run your training and then offer continued support throughout the duration of your license during which your team can run the training as many times as you wish. 


Want to know more?

Please contact the team on 0117 938 8350 or email stephanie.brown@hfma.org.uk