Blended payments expansion gets green light
Blended payments expansion gets green light
by Steve Brown
20 December 2019

Blended payments will become the default reimbursement model for outpatient attendances in 2020/21, but local areas will be able to choose between blended payments and the pathway system for maternity services, NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced.

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Election watch – epilogue
Election watch – epilogue
by Seamus Ward
13 December 2019

With Boris Johnson returned to office with a large majority, NHS staff will be wondering what it means for the service.

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HFMA Awards 2019 – finance director
HFMA Awards 2019 – finance director
12 December 2019

Over recent years, when a trust broke even it seemed like a time for celebration. But breaking even at one trust – bringing it out of financial special measures in the process – and, in the same year, delivering the biggest surplus recorded at another trust must surely be acknowledged nationally.

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HFMA Awards 2019: deputy finance director
HFMA Awards 2019: deputy finance director
12 December 2019

Having joined Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust in July 2018, new deputy director of finance Eva Horgan – and the 2019 HFMA Deputy Finance Director of the Year – had an immediate impact with a restructuring of the finance team.

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HFMA Awards 2019: governance
HFMA Awards 2019: governance
12 December 2019

Three bodies have been awarded this year’s HFMA Governance Award for a joint submission based on a shared governance framework that better supports the achievement of savings across the system.

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HFMA Awards 2019: value and innovation
HFMA Awards 2019: value and innovation
12 December 2019

This year’s Value and Innovation Award went to a programme that has strong clinical-financial engagement and delivers better services to patients as well as savings.

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HFMA Awards 2019: Havelock training
HFMA Awards 2019: Havelock training
12 December 2019

Apprenticeships for NHS finance and the service in general are a new way of training the next generation of staff. But with many NHS employers required to pay the apprenticeship levy, they must make best use of the funding available. Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust acknowledged this had to be done – a decision that led to it winning the HFMA Havelock Training Award 2019.

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HFMA Awards 2019: costing
HFMA Awards 2019: costing
12 December 2019

​ This year’s costing winner, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, is helping to lead the way in applying patient-level costing to community services. It is one of only three trusts nationally to submit patient-level costs for community services as part of a voluntary submission and has helped to shape national community costing standards. This puts the trust ahead of the game, with a mandatory submission of patient-level costs for all community service providers not expected until 2021.

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HFMA Awards 2019 – finance team
HFMA Awards 2019 – finance team
12 December 2019

This year’s Finance Team of the Year is the finance team for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups. Four CCGs – Fareham and Gosport; North Hampshire; North East Hampshire and Farnham; and South Eastern Hampshire – established a partnership in April 2017 to improve effectiveness and reduce duplication. They were joined a year later by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group.

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HFMA Awards 2019: clinician
HFMA Awards 2019: clinician
12 December 2019

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Maggie Davies has a determination to ensure good-quality care and best use of NHS resources. It resulted in her leading a range of initiatives that reduced nursing spending, which has seen her acknowledged as the HFMA Working with finance – Clinician of the Year 2019.

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