“Very good day and very enjoyable. Well presented!”

Today’s event in Loughborough was a chance to investigate tools and techniques to improve Forecasting and Financial Modelling in the NHS. Many thanks to everyone who attended and made the day so interesting and challenging – especially those who had such long journeys.

Evaluation Comments

Comments received from participants included (all with written permission to be reproduced):

“Very good day and very enjoyable. Well presented!” – Steven da Nobrega, Head of Business Support, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“To learn from other people’s mistakes was a good way of conveying easy mistakes that could be made.” – Natalie Smith, Assistant Divisional Accountant, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“Well delivered with elements of humour to keep group engaged.” – Daniel Fawcett, Pharmacy Business and Commercial Analyst, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


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

Presentation from the day

Forecasting and Financial Modelling Presentation Handout PDF


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

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