I’ve worked with The King’s Fund for many years, delivering the finance elements of their board and senior leader programmes across the country, including for medical directors and GP commissioners. It was a pleasure to present the Clinical Directors and Lead Clinicians Programme for The King’s Fund. It’s fascinating to look at how little we all know about the workings of the UK economy and to compare that to our knowledge of the economic workings of our own individual NHS organisations.
Here are some of the evaluation comments from the day (with kind permission from the participants):
“I found this to be a very engaging, enlightening session about the finance and economics of the NHS. David made it humorous and I have learnt so much more than I thought I would.” – Dr Richard Kirk, Clinical Director, Prison Healthcare Northern Ireland, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
“David is the most animated, enthused and interesting accountant. His teaching is superb! Enjoyed every minute.” – Dr Benji Schreiber, Consultant in Pulmonary Hypertension and Rheumatology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
“Interactive and amusing.” – Kalpesh Patel, Consultant and Clinical Lead, Eastman Dental Hospital
“Eye opening, enthusiastically delivered – I walk away wiser and more thoughtful.” – Manjeet Sharma, Chairman, South Essex Local Medical Committees
“Informative, enlightening and enthusiastic session.” – Kurt Burkhardt, GP / Locality Clinical Director, Cwm Taf Health Board
“Informative, interesting and engaging.” – Sandip Banerjee, Clinical Director, Acute Specialist Medicine Program, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
“Engaging, accessible and hugely relevant.” – Ed Hartley, Consultant and Clinical Lead Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
“An excellent speaker and educator; a quality and engaging accountant who kept me interested whilst teaching me about NHS Finance.” – John Sandford, Consultant General Adult and Forensic Psychiatrist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
“A fascinating insight into the financial workings of the NHS.” – Nicola Lewis, Clinical Director Merthyr, Cwm Taf Health Board
“Entertaining, informative, engaging and fun – something I have never before associated with NHS finance and accounting. I wish I’d met you years ago!” – Katie Robertson, Consultant Pathologist, Forth Valley Royal Hospital
“Really informative and insightful session that enlightened me on how the health service is funded and the economic perspective.” – Ruth Johnson, Consultant Acute Physician and Clinical Director Acute and Emergency, Wye Valley NHS Trust
“An entertaining, engaging and informative session.” – Ben Underwood, Clinical Director, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
“Turned a light on the world of finance and economics. Thanks.” – Katja Empson, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
“Outstanding!” – Ravi Rajakariar, Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician for Dialysis, Barts Health NHS Trust
The Treasury YouTube channel contains short but fascinating excerpts from speeches, notable figures and research into taxpayer knowledge.
Balance of Payments
The Balance of Payments problem the UK has suffered for many years in shown in the Office for National Statistics ONS figures:
The Spring Budget 2017
OECD Health Spending Report
OECD Health Statistics – OECD Focus on Health Spending
Office for National Statistics
How does UK healthcare spending compare internationally?
The NHS in Wales is funded differently than the NHS in England Here’s how: NHS Wales Budget
Many thanks to all who attended. Feel free to Leave a Reply with your review of the day.