New chapters and updates now added
The HFMA Introductory guide to NHS finance has been updated to reflect the new NHS structure that came into effect on 1 July 2022 and other recent changes. Two new chapters on Wales and Northern Ireland have also been added.
What is the introductory guide to NHS finance?
The HFMA’s introductory guide to NHS finance is a comprehensive guide of how the NHS finance regime works, as well as the wider landscape in which it operates.
The guide is a vital resource for anyone who wants to understand NHS finance and get the maximum value from NHS resources. It will be of interest to finance staff at all levels, non-executive directors, clinicians, budget holders and general managers. Indeed, anybody who wants to know more about how money works in the NHS; be they at the beginning of their career, moving to a new role, or just interested to understand the impact of recent changes.
The guide has been produced with the support of One NHS Finance. It is freely available online. Download the guide here.
What does the guide include?
This is the 13th edition of the guide. It builds upon previous versions and has been updated to reflect policy and organisational changes that have taken place since the last edition, and that continue to take place at this time of considerable change for the NHS. The guide will be updated on a quarterly basis. Chapters on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be added shortly.
A full list of chapters can be found below.
How do I access the guide?
The guide is freely available as an electronic document online. Click here to access it.
Unlike previous editions, the guide is not available as a printed publication. We have taken this approach to increase availability of the guide and reduce the environmental impact of production/ distribution.