Access Accountancy

Find out more about the Access Accountancy Programme and current opportunities below

What is Access Accountancy?

Access Accountancy was founded by and for the accountancy profession, to realise a more representative workforce by socio-economic background. The mission is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of accessing the accountancy profession based on merit, not background.

The programme was established in 2014 with the ambition to promote diversity across all levels of the sector in the face of overwhelming evidence showing that applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to be hired.

Organisations that sign up to Access Accountancy commit to measurable outcomes, which aim to deliver real change and welcome talented young people from all backgrounds, supporting social mobility.

Who is Eligible?

Work experience as part of Access Accountancy is for students that:

  • Attend a state school or college and;
  • Are in year 10, 11, 12 or 13 (the exact year required will depend on the placement) and;
  • The occupation of their main household earner when you were aged 14 is categorised as a lower socio-economic background or;
  • Are/have been eligible for free school meals or;
  • Attend a school that is above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals or;
  • Would be the first member of their immediate family to attend university.

Access Accountancy does not set academic entry requirements, it is up to individual organisations if they wish to do this, making sure these are not a barrier to potential talent.

How do I find out more?

NHS Finance departments from the East of England region provide work experience placements as part of the Access Accountancy scheme.  Information on the current placements, where available, are included below.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Access Accountancy scheme or for general information on NHS Finance Careers visit or contact for an informal chat.

Please read our programme guide here. 

For current East of England opportunities keep scrolling down.

What opportunities are available?

NHS England – East of England Regional Finance Team

When :  20 – 24th November 2023

Where : Fulbourn, Cambridge

NHS England provides national leadership for the NHS. Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we promote high quality health and care for all, and support NHS organisations to work in partnership to deliver better outcomes for our patients and communities, at the best possible value for taxpayers and to continuously improve the NHS.

Through our seven integrated regional teams, NHS England supports local integrated care systems made up of public services that provide health and care – NHS organisations, primary care professionals, local councils, social care providers and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector – to improve the health of the population, improve the quality of care, tackle inequalities and deliver care more efficiently.

NHS England, East of England Regional Team, will be running a work experience week as part of the Access Accountancy programme for up to 6 students in Autumn 2023.  During the week, students will

  • learn more about the NHS Finance regulatory function;
  • understand the different job roles within the finance function and wider NHS;
  • routes into NHS Finance Careers;
  • skills for applying for jobs in the workplace;
  • hear from existing Finance Students and Apprentices about their experiences of working at the NHS;
  • possibly visit a Hospital within the local area – subject to availability

The work experience week will be onsite at Victoria House, Fulbourn from Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November inclusive.  Students will be expected to be on site from approx. 9-5 for each of these 5 days.  Reasonable travel expenses and lunches will be provided.

Applications are encouraged from students in year 12 and or 13 i.e. who are 16-18 years old.

Applicants do not need to have any specific qualifications to apply but a general interest in finance would be an advantage.

Applications should be made by completing the attached form and returning it to by Friday 29 September 2023.  Please check that you meet the eligibility criteria before applying to avoid disappointment.

All candidates will be contacted for a discussion by telephone ahead of notification of the placement.

NHS England is an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and can offer reasonable adjustments if required.