Covid-19 update: 29 May
Covid-19 update: 29 May
by Steve Brown
29 May 2020

The week was dominated by one event – the revelation that the prime minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings made a 260-mile trip to County Durham, despite lockdown restrictions and his wife being ill with from coronavirus symptoms.

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New financial regime must build on Covid arrangements, says HFMA
New financial regime must build on Covid arrangements, says HFMA
by Steve Brown
28 May 2020

The NHS needs a more flexible and responsive financial regime as it moves beyond the current temporary framework put in place to support the service’s initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the HFMA.

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NHS breaks even in 2019/20 before Covid expenses
NHS breaks even in 2019/20 before Covid expenses
by Steve Brown
28 May 2020

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has set out NHS capacity requirements likely to be needed during the Covid-19 response as he revealed that the NHS broke even in 2019/20 before taking account of virus-related expenditure.

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Commissioner takes lead in staff testing (#DoingOurBit)
Commissioner takes lead in staff testing (#DoingOurBit)
by Steve Brown
22 May 2020

The NHS response to Covid-19 has required numerous NHS staff to broaden their focus away from their day jobs. And for James Rimmer, managing director and chief finance officer for Southampton and City Clinical Commissioning Group, this has put him at the heart of the keyworker testing programme for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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Covid-19 update: 22 May
Covid-19 update: 22 May
by Steve Brown
22 May 2020

The government continues to insist that the country is moving from alert level 4 to level 3 in its five point scale – albeit taking careful steps. The number of people in hospital fell below 10,000 for the first time since lockdown measures were imposed. The number of people on mechanical ventilators also continues to fall.

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FSD volunteers in action
FSD volunteers in action
by Steve Brown
22 May 2020

Skills Development Network managers have been finding additional ways to support the service’s and their community’s response to Covid-19

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Governance changes for second phase response
Governance changes for second phase response
by Steve Brown
21 May 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have set out changes to the processes for reporting revenue expenditure and claiming reimbursement for capital spending related to Covid-19.

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National Cost Collection window confirmed
National Cost Collection window confirmed
by Steve Brown
21 May 2020

This year’s collection windows for the National Cost Collection have now been confirmed for the autumn and start of next year.

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Covid-19 update: 15 May
Covid-19 update: 15 May
by Steve Brown
15 May 2020

The easing of some lockdown measures in England met with a mixed reaction. Meanwhile care homes received a funding boost amid growing concerns and the NHS considers how best to reopen a wider range of services

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The finance role in recovery
The finance role in recovery
by Steve Bown
15 May 2020

The NHS may be past the initial peak in demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what is the finance team’s role in supporting their organisations back to recovery? Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s chief finance officer Claire Wilson, along with finance leaders across the country, is starting to think this through.

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