With the Health and Care Act 2022 (the Act), the relationship between the NHS and local authorities is now written into law. Most stakeholders support the way the Act formalises system working and welcome the opportunity to address the wider determinants of health, reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes. Working together is not however without challenge. The partners in any system come to the table with very different cultures, expectations and priorities.
An important step in working together is taking the time to understand one another. This briefing is aimed at NHS staff and gives a short overview of local authority finance and governance. It explores some of the priorities and challenges facing local authority colleagues and discusses cultural differences between local authorities and the NHS.
Ross will set out the findings of the study and their practical implications so that NHS bodies can make the most of working collaboratively.
HFMA members, associates and friends come together again for the biggest and most prestigious HFMA event of the NHS finance calendar.