Wales finance regime changes to support bodies with historical deficits
Wales finance regime changes to support bodies with historical deficits
by Seamus Ward
06 July 2020

NHS bodies in Wales will no longer have to repay strategic cash support and if they achieve their three-year break-even duty will not have to recover their historical deficits, Wales health and social services minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

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Covid-19 update: 3 July
Covid-19 update: 3 July
by Steve Brown
03 July 2020

Leicester became the first city to be subject to specific lockdown measures this week after the government showed its readiness to clamp back down when necessary despite easing restrictions generally.

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Applying finance skills to PPE (#DoingOurBit)
Applying finance skills to PPE (#DoingOurBit)
by Seamus Ward
02 July 2020

The changes in the finance regime in response to the Covid outbreak have given some finance staff a chance to use their skills in a different way to benefit patients and the wider organisation. For Karen Mascia, associate director of finance at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and other members of her team, this meant volunteering to help organise the trust’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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PM’s capital boost welcome, but not enough, NHS bodies say
PM’s capital boost welcome, but not enough, NHS bodies say
by Seamus Ward
02 July 2020

The government has boosted NHS capital spending by £1.5bn this year, but health service membership bodies said more is needed to counteract years of underfunding and the effects of Covid-19.

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Stevens says Nightingale approach will boost diagnostic capacity
Stevens says Nightingale approach will boost diagnostic capacity
by Seamus Ward
02 July 2020

The NHS in England is to repurpose existing buildings, taking a ‘Nightingale-type approach’ to tackling the diagnostic pinch points in waiting lists as services reopen.

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Covid-19 update: 26 June
Covid-19 update: 26 June
by Steve Brown
26 June 2020

The major relaxation of lockdown restrictions, which dominated this week’s headlines, has put an increased focus on the country’s test and trace system.

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Supporting Covid care (#DoingOurBit)
Supporting Covid care (#DoingOurBit)
by Seamus Ward
26 June 2020

Working alongside clinical colleagues is becoming second nature for many NHS accountants, but during the Covid-19 pandemic many are experiencing frontline work first-hand. Richard Gault spent more than six weeks on a Covid ward, helping where he could with administrative and other support tasks. And, though it was a profound experience, he speaks of his contribution humbly, almost matter-of-factly.

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New planning guidance will lock in positive changes during pandemic
New planning guidance will lock in positive changes during pandemic
by Seamus Ward
26 June 2020

Planning guidance will be published soon that will clarify expectations for the NHS in England for the rest of the financial year, and seek to lock in beneficial changes implemented as part of the Covid-19 response.

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Learn Covid lessons for new financial regime, says HFMA
Learn Covid lessons for new financial regime, says HFMA
by Steve Brown
24 June 2020

The HFMA is calling for changes to contracting arrangements, governance and the capital regime as well as a quicker move to system working as the NHS moves on from the initial response to Covid-19.

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Call to fund extra capacity to protect the NHS
Call to fund extra capacity to protect the NHS
by Seamus Ward
22 June 2020

The NHS could be overwhelmed during a second surge of Covid-19 this winter if funding for additional capacity is withdrawn or scaled back, NHS Providers said.

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