Who we are

Supporting and developing the NHS Finance community

One NHS Finance gives everyone in finance a voice to shape its future. We’re helping staff develop the skills they need to excel in their roles and accelerate their careers. Working together, One NHS Finance is driving change to improve patient care and outcomes.

Our programme began as a nationwide conversation that gave everyone working in the finance community the opportunity to share current challenges and input into the future of the function.

Over 3,000 NHS staff helped by sharing their views which we used to shape our Finance Development Strategy. We listened to what you wanted – and created a five-year plan to deliver it.

We’ve developed three key programmes:

Future-Focused Finance

Giving everyone in NHS Finance a voice and an opportunity to collaborate to improve clinical engagement and outcomes.

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Finance Innovation Forum

A place for finance professionals to discuss ideas, solve problems, share innovations, and respond to challenges.

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National Finance Academy

Ensuring NHS staff receive inclusive, comprehensive, and structured training and development while delivering on ED&I targets.

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One NHS Finance is starting a five-year journey to transform finance. We’re actively involved in developing new work programmes and initiatives alongside improving existing programmes to deliver the change we need.

If you have any questions on One NHS Finance, or would like further information, please contact us at one.finance@nhs.net.

Leadership and Governance

The NHS Finance Leadership Council oversees our programmes, providing leadership that benefits us all. They set the strategic direction of the NHS Finance Function and are accountable for achieving it.

Each programme has a Finance Leadership Group that provides strategic direction. They identify and develop projects and activities that add value to the NHS finance community and contribute to the delivery of the NHS Finance Development Strategy.

National Delivery Team

Our National Delivery Team supports the development and implementation of the NHS Finance Development Strategy.

They operate across all three programmes to ensure they’re delivering the expected outcomes. They ensure cohesion among the programmes and regularly report on progress through the Finance Leadership Groups to the Finance Leadership Council.

The National Delivery Team ensures that we’re accountable for progress and deliver on our promises.

Delivery Partnerships

Much of our work is delivered through partnerships and collaborations with individuals and organisations outside the NHS. Doing so enables us to expand our skills, capacity, and capabilities.

The National Delivery Team has developed strong links with partners across the Skills Development Networks, NHS Leadership Academy, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

We continuously review and refresh One NHS Finance programmes so they remain relevant for all finance professionals


Useful documents and reports about One NHS Finance

Becoming One NHS Finance

Analysied feedback from the One NHS Finance campaign


NHS Finance Development Strategy

National Development Strategy for 2021-26


One NHS Finance Annual Review 2022-23

Progress against the National Finance Development strategy throughout 2022-23


Our Journey To Date infographic

Find out where we started and how far we have come.


ONF Annual Report 21-22

Progress against the National Finance Development strategy throughout 2021-22