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Senior Finance Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8c

Main area
Finance and Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 8c
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House London
£59,090 - £71,243 per annum
20/11/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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Senior Finance Lead (Mental Health)

The post holder will work as part of a dynamic and flexible team in supporting the organisation as a whole to deliver the transformation outlined in The Five Year Forward View within time and budget. You will be working closely with senior leaders in NHS England, as well as a broad range of programme teams within NHSE and the wider NHS, in particular NHS Improvement, to support and challenge how central teams use transformation funding to deliver core NHS objectives.

The Senior Finance Lead (Mental Health) role requires the ability to build good working relationships across diverse teams, and a good understanding of NHS programmes and how they deliver national transformation. You will be expected to manage key relationships with NHSE programmes and SROs on behalf of Strategic Finance, in particular the Mental Health programme. This will involve supporting and challenging SROs and their teams, and influencing programmes in a way that supports the delivery of national commitments whilst upholding the NHSE CFO’s position on value for money and robust financial management.

The major focus of this role will be to support the Mental Health programme, although it is likely that there will be opportunities to work with other programmes as well (NHS England is making progress towards achieving the recommendations set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, involving the development and implementation of new models of care for adults with mental health needs, and has ambitious plans to make the most of the new NHS settlement for Mental Health patients and their families).

The post-holder will support the MH team in delivering the FYFVMH and developing the subsequent NHS 10 Year Plan proposals and budgets for MH, as well understanding and influencing broader MH spend and delivery issues, such as the Mental Health Investment Standard.

The post-holder will be responsible for:

1. Supporting the Head of Efficiency & Transformation and senior managers within the Strategic Finance team to provide strategic finance leadership to the national Mental Health service transformation programme, in particular:

  •  Providing ongoing advice on risk to programme delivery or expenditure, including meeting national NHSE commitments or the realisation of benefits.
  •  Influencing, co-ordinating and escalating issues to ensure projects remain high quality, on track and in the direction of travel required by national directors and the CFO.
  •  Supporting programme budgeting and planning decisions as part of wider NHSE processes.
  •  Providing advice on the robustness of the financial cases supporting transformation proposals, the case for investment, and strategic advice on the long-term impact on the broader health system.
  •  Supporting external scrutiny processes in relation to relevant programmes, for example NAO reports.
  •  Ensuring programmes focus on value for money in planning and delivery.

2. Providing strategic finance to the MH programme team where required, for example:

  •  Providing general strategic finance advice (eg on value for money, options for funding and allocations, links to NHS Mandate funding).
  •  Supporting analysis and monitoring of programme delivery and spend, including benchmarking and metrics such as the Mental Health Investment Standard.
  •  Supporting planning processes and implementing changes to programme budgets.
  •  Providing a cross-programme view and making links with other relevant policy areas.
  •  Supporting the development of robust, well-costed policy proposals, including, for example workforce availability and impact on wider NHS activity.
  •  Supporting the identification and modelling of benefits.
  •  Support in the management of relationships with key external stakeholders for the programmes, for example Health Education England, DHSC.

3. Take an expert role on behalf of the Efficiency and Transformation team for elements of a number of smaller specific programmes which could include any of the following:

  •  CVD
  •  Diabetes
  •  Maternity
  •  Cancer
  •  Children’s and Young People’s services
  •  Digital
  •  RightCare
  •  Elective Care
  •  Urgent and Emergency Care

4. Engagement with NHS national efficiency programmes and the NHS 10 Point Efficiency Plan where required.


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