“A finance masterclass that is engaging, clear and very well delivered.”

A very pleasurable day today at The King’s Fund in central London with participants in the Provider Excellence Programme. It’s always a challenge when NHS managers take on a Board position and the range of development and support events customised specifically to the needs of senior leaders of NHS providers is quite limited. It’s been a pleasure for me to design a customised programme to deal with the real need to get managers and finance staff to engage in constructive dialogue.


The objectives of the programme are:

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use NHS finance terminology to communicate effectively with finance.
  • Make coherent financial and economic cases for new ways of working.
  • Lead change by confidently identifying the effects of service transformation.

Comments from participants included (with kind written permission from each):

“A finance masterclass that is engaging, clear and very well delivered.” – Christine Watts, Director of Communications and Engagement, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

“Excellent day, challenging and thought-provoking insight into the often challenging world of finance.” – Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

“Eye-opening – clarity on the mysterious world of finance and how to navigate the way to make informed judgements and ask the right questions for the benefit of patients.” – Amanda Baugh, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“I used to think finance was an exact science. I now understand it is much more about ethics, judgement and professional opinion. I shall be much more challenging in the future!” – Sandra Brennan, Director of Quality and Executive Nurse, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

“It made me think differently about accountancy and finance as a matter of professional judgement in presenting a true and fair representation of the use of resources. It was a blast – thank you!” – Mike Chapman, Director of Commercial & Service Development, North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“A very helpful and straightforward reminder that finance needs to be made easily understood and transparent to be of benefit and optimise its value.” – Keith Loveman, Executive Director – Finance and Performance Improvement, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“David has dispelled several myths for me today. I am much more comfortable with finance-speak.” – Karen Ward, Director of Operations,Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“Today has made sense of the murky world of finance. Now I feel confident to question and challenge the Board and executive papers.” – Dawn Wardell, Director of Nursing & Quality, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

“Fantastic Day – the complicated made simple. Thank you!” – Lisa Anastasiou, Director of Workforce and Development, North Essex Partnership


2013-03-12 Provider Excellence Programme – Presentation PDF

It was a pleasure to meet you all. Please do keep in touch.


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