“Both enjoyable and informative!”

Today’s event in Braintree was a chance to investigate tools and techniques to improve Forecasting and Financial Modelling in the NHS:

Get the skills to forecast confidently and improve financial control through financial modelling.
This one day interactive workshop is the essential practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed by finance staff to be able to forecast successfully and to create robust and reliable financial models. It covers alternative methods of forecasting in the NHS and best practice in developing financial models.
The workshop is designed for finance staff with responsibility for forecasting and financial modelling. Engaging practical exercises are backed-up by simple theory to ensure comprehensive coverage of the topics. This workshop covers all the forecasting methods available to accountants, the reasons for poor forecasts and how to avoid them and a best practice guide to spreadsheet modelling.
This workshop relates to the KSF dimension G4: Financial Management.

Evaluations

Comments on the evaluation forms included (with kind written permission received from each person):

“Both enjoyable and informative!” – Steven Giles, Financial Controller, South East Essex PCT
“Interesting workshop. Will make me think about how I currently work and improvements I can make.” – Natalie Brodie, GP Finance Lead, Basildon and Brentwood CCG, South Essex Cluster
“Very informative.” – Dean Chittenden, Resource and Finance Assistant, South West Essex Community Services
“Content relevant and useful for my day to day role.” – Kerry Carter, Senior Management Accountant, South West Essex Community Services

Resources

Here are the resources from the day – please use the Username and Password given to you to access them – thank you!

A copy of the authorised version of the Best Practice Spreadsheet Modelling Standards. The Spreadsheet Standards Review Board is the body that develops and maintains the Best Practice Spreadsheet Modelling Standards. The SSRB was established by BPM Analytical Empowerment Pty Ltd to bring together the best spreadsheet modelling skills from around the world in order to develop and gain general acceptance for comprehensive and universally applicable Best Practice Spreadsheet Modelling Standards:

BPSM Best Practice Spreadsheet Modelling Standards

A simple Visual Basic Excel macro which will colour-code cells to highlight the contents of each cell with different formats:

Colour Coding Excel Macro

An Excel workbook containing some simple suggestions for spreadsheet design:

Spreadsheet Tips

Principles, Techniques and Practice of Spreadsheet Style by Philip L. Bewig — July 28, 2005:

How do you know your spreadsheet is right?

Spreadsheet Modelling Best Practice by Nick Read and Jonathan Batson – April 1999:

IBM Spreadsheet Modelling Best Practice

CIMA’s review of In-year Financial Forecasting in the NHS from 2007:

In-year Financial Forecasting in the NHS – CIMA

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Please get in touch if you would like any further resources or information.

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