April 2023 One NHS Finance Team Updates

Thanks for checking out our monthly blog! Here you will find out all the highlights of our programmes and networks over that last month and discover all the opportunities and everything else coming up in the month ahead.

Important Upcoming Updates You Should Know

Our application was successful for taking part in the London Pride Parade on July 1st, if you would like to attend to represent NHS Finance, please let us know by the end of April! Apply here.

Towards Excellence Accreditation – the next application deadline date is April 30th.


Last month we had 73 new network sign-ups and 13 network meetings. This included our National Sponsee Network meeting where Sponsees on The Sponsorship Programme got the chance to hear from Chris Harrop, Managing Director at MIAA as he delivered a session on the benefits of coaching – thank you Chris! We also published our first National Sponsee Newsletter, read it here.

The Inclusion and Diversity Ambassadors had the opportunity to attend our event specifically aimed at them on how to actively advocate as an I&D Ambassador, this session was delivered by Bernadette Thompson OBE, a strategic and progressive HR professional, with a depth of knowledge and expertise in diversity and inclusion. We hope you all found this session useful!

A brand-new animation was published on the Health and Wellbeing Champions Network, watch it here.

This month members of the Finance Leaders Network had the opportunity to hear from Simon Worthington, Finance Director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and FFF Programme Chair. Simon has thirty-four years’ experience in NHS Finance and with his varied experience this was an interesting and engaging conversation. Our next In Conversation With event is with Jenny Ehrhardt, Chief Finance Officer, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust on May 2nd, book your place here.


With the recent NHS Staff Survey results being published Future-Focused Finance continued to share its Staff Survey Resource Pack, this is useful in identifying areas for improvement but also give you some tools and ideas on how to make positive changes to improve staff experiences in the workplace.

Interviews have been conducted with NHS staff who have successfully moved between NHS sectors, read Wonu Ogunlela, Head of PMO at Epsom And St. Helier University Hospitals career story here.

A 2023 update was published on the National NHS Finance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to include updated and refreshed actions added in. Resources to help with the objectives outlined in the EDI Action Plan were spotlight these included; Parental Leave Guidance and Flexible Working in the NHS.

The interviews for the National Finance Leaders Talent Pool have been taking place over the past month. We’re looking forward to welcoming the successful applicants to the Development Centre in June. 

The Innovation Development Board was launched, this is part of the Forum’s Innovation Programme. Comprising experienced finance professionals, the Board manages, develops, scales, and launches NHS finance innovations. If you have an NHS finance innovation, idea, or problem that you believe could benefit the wider NHS, we encourage you to submit it to the Innovation board! Find out more here.

Resources published on Working Day 1 reporting have now been consolidated into one webpage, view the page here.

This month, Future-Focused Finance would like to support staff as many organisations are going through structural change, please get in touch if you would like a mock interview set up and a suitable match will be found for you.

We have a training session for Sponsors on The Sponsorship Programme taking place on April 28, the session will include theory and discussion, sharing of experience and opportunities to practice tools and techniques. Find out more and book your place here.

Keep an eye on the Innovation Library as peer-reviewed NHS finance innovations from Cohort 5 of the Innovation Programme will be published this month adding to the cutting-edge solutions shaping the future of NHS Finance.

That’s a wrap for this month, thank you for reading!

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