“This made a really difficult subject easy to understand and meaningful to me.”

The NHS Budget Holder's Survival Guide

Today was a really fulfilling day with an entertaining and challenging group attending The NHS Budget Holder’s Survival Guide in Northampton.

Evaluation Comments

Comments from today’s event include (with written permission gratefully received from each participant):

“Excellent session – thank you. Very practical and easy to understand. Wish I had done this session years ago!” – Karen Tomlin, Service Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“Very interesting and stimulating.” – Jacky Taylor, Service Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“Well presented. Good balance of activity / theory.” – Richard Goodley, Physiotherapist, Northampton General NHS Trust

“Great facilitator. Thank you.” – Melanie Cousens, Operational Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“Attention kept throughout the day. Fantastic facilitator.” – Claire Lambie-Fryer, Service Improvement Lead, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

“Keep presenting in an informative but engaging style. The dull made lively. Well done!” – Richard Lindsley, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“Very enjoyable – understandable and almost made budgets ‘fun’!” – Maggie Gaskeel, Operational Manager, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

“I really enjoyed this day and could have benefited from it years ago!” – Sue Rayment, Operations Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“This made a really difficult subject easy to understand and meaningful to me and the impact on patient services.” – Fiona Fretter, Quality Lead, East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG

“Would highly recommend to others.” – Lorna MacDonald, Principal Treatment Superintendent, Derby Hospitals NHS Trust

It’s always interesting to see how people’s confidence in interpreting financial reports can be transformed in just a day. I’ve spent two decades doing finance training within the NHS and have developed a Seven Step Method for interpreting financial reports using seven questions, making three calculations and taking no more than 15 minutes. It works every time.

It’s essential to have a Budgetary Control Policy within your organisation if you’re going to have clear standards of financial support and clear policies for financial practice. Examples of Budgetary Control Policies include:
Lincolnshire Partnership – Budgetary Control Manual
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust – Budgetary Control Policy

Many thanks to everyone who made the day so successful.

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