Recognising organisational excellence

The Towards Excellence Accreditation process is a great way to check that your organisation has all the right processes and procedures in place to make sure your finance department is a great place to work.  We want to help create a culture where staff feel appreciated and successes are celebrated.

CIPFA is currently undergoing changes to its accreditation process, until this is completed you will no longer need to hold accreditation with them when applying for Future-Focused Finance Towards Excellence Accreditation.

The submission deadlines are 31 December, 30 April and 31 August each year. Please ensure you are using the 2021 version of the proforma and once completed, please send to

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Watch this short overview animation of the accreditation process

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Top reasons to get accredited

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Top tips & FAQs

Read frequently asked questions about our accreditation process.

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Guidance from FLC

Read guidance from the Finance Leadership Council.

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Accreditation assessors

Useful documents for those who have trained as accreditation assessors.

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Professional bodies

Information about professional accountancy bodies which your organisation must be registered to.

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Finance Director Declarations

Within Level 1 of the accreditation process there is the requirement to demonstrate: 1.1.9 Evidence of Future Focused-Finance (FFF) Director of Finance/Chief Finance Officer Declaration.

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Level 1 Proforma

Will be achieved through a process of self-assessment with statements from the FD/CFO confirming that all the relevant criteria are achieved by the organisation.

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Level 2 Proforma

Will require peer assessment by another NHS body.

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Level 3 Proforma

Will also require peer-assessment by another NHS body.

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Process & Guidance

Information and guidance around all three accreditation processes for both organisations and assessors

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Get Accredited

Find out the benefits of accreditation.

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