Towards Excellence Accreditation

Recognising the best in culture, skills and processes in NHS finance

Demonstrate the strength, quality and positive culture of your finance team by achieving One NHS Finance Towards Excellence Accreditation. 

One NHS Finance Towards Excellence Accreditation shows that your finance team’s processes and procedures are working. It proves you’ve developed a culture where staff feel appreciated and successes are celebrated. There are three levels, and only the best finance teams achieve full accreditation, could yours?

To start the process, you’ll need to complete a proforma, which you can download at the bottom of the page. There are three submission dates each year, 31 December, 30 April and 31 August. Once you’ve completed the proforma, return it to us at

Those wishing to go for their Level 2 or 3, please let the central team know with 6 months notice from the deadline you wish to submit to in order for us to assign assessors.

Please note – If you are planning on applying for Accreditation for the December 2023 deadline and onwards there are a revised set of standards, which can be found here – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. If you would like the standards in excel format this can be found here.

If you have any questions on the new standards to please get in touch and a member of the team would be happy to help.

Want to know more?

Learn about what the accreditation process is, the different levels of accreditation, and why it should be a priority for your organisation.

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Accreditation Assessors

Here, you’ll find a selection of documents for trained accreditation assessors.

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Professional Bodies

To achieve accreditation, you’ll need to register with professional accountancy bodies. Find details and join today.

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Finance Director Declarations

To achieve Level 1 accreditation, Finance Directors must sign a declaration to demonstrate they’re committed to continual improvement. Read more and download the declaration here

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All the documents that you’ll need to get started on your Towards Excellence Accreditation journey.

Accreditation Level 1 Proforma

Full evidence schedule for Level 1 Towards Excellence Accreditation


Accreditation Level 2 Proforma

Full evidence schedule for Level 2 Towards Excellence Accreditation


Accreditation Level 3 Proforma

Full evidence schedule for Level 3 Towards Excellence Accreditation


Accreditation Process Guide: Top tips and FAQs


Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Accredited


National Accreditation Process and Guidance

Full process, guidance and top tips to get you started on your accreditation journey