The following comments were made about the Finance Team in the nominations. Judges picked out the Finance Team as very deserving winners and said that the comments made about them showed how they represent the Christie principles and behaviors.
The Finance team supports the Trust in all aspects of financial management and governance.
This includes everything from paying suppliers, to recovering income from commissioners, to providing commercial advice on capital schemes, to organising staff travel.
Corporately the Finance team leads financial governance arrangements in the Trust, and manages financial systems. These are integral to the delivery of patient care and the smooth running of services.
The Finance team enjoy working closely with staff across the organisation. We work to support operational colleagues in understanding the resource impact of changes to services and new developments, and where efficiencies can be achieved.
The team’s work also supports financial planning and effectively manages resources so that services are able to maintain their sustainability. A key aspect of this is managing external relationships with NHSI, NHSE, CCGs, auditors and commercial partners.
In October the Finance Team were successful in gaining re-accreditation of the Finance Towards Excellence award, following a recent independent review. The Team achieved Level 3, which is the highest possible rating and demonstrates finance colleagues’ professionalism, engagement and expertise. The external assessors conducting the review had no hesitation in recommending the department for the level 3 accreditation and highlighted a number of key areas that they felt were particular best practice.
The finance function has a strong track record of developing its staff. It has recently been reaccredited with Towards Excellence Level 3 (highest), consistently gains High Assurance from audit for its financial systems, reporting and processes, and was nominated for 2 HFMA awards in December.
We think that the strong track record of financial performance at the Trust demonstrates that the Finance team have a high level of professional expertise and engagement with colleagues.
This award recognises the commitment and dedication of all finance colleagues. Although we do not directly support patient care, we like to think that we have a positive impact on how well the Trust operates and the benefits this brings to patients, their families and colleagues.
Karen Hollins, Assistant Director of Finance
January 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was Colin Hindley
December 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Amy Blackburn
November 2017 You Made a Difference Award winners were the Cardiac Arrest Team
October 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Adrian Ellison
September 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Dr Gajanan & Dr Mowatt
August 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Alison Musson
July 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tony McKenzie
June 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Lois Deslandes
May 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was the Informatics Team
April 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Ward 1
March 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was The Palatine Treatment Centre
February 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Jade Hilton
January 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tobias Percival
December 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Natalie Halson