NHS Leadership Academy – Finance Management

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is a comprehensive programme that aims to equip graduates with the expertise needed to become successful leaders in the NHS. We take a look at some of the kind of career you can expect when joining the NHS Leadership Academy.

Simon Norbury – Finance Management

I was completely new to the NHS, having previously working in finance for large private companies. Everyone says you’re looked after with the NHS and this has proved to be very true, from the help you get with studying to the helpful attitudes of people in the places of work. I was also attracted by the nature of the work, and the opportunities to see things that I never knew existed.

I’m in Financial Services, helping administer tax and carrying out year end tasks to support the annual accounts.

As the scheme is led by you, there’s honestly no normal day – unless you want it! So today I’ve been reviewing next year’s capital development with one of the directorate accountants. Previously I’ve been responsible for compiling board reports (monthly) on the amount the Trust spends on agency, overtime and bank staff and monitoring the trusts current account. I’ve also improved the reporting on Trust vehicles, providing a clear view of all the relevant information. And I’ve raised the profile of the charities trust fund and hopefully got people in hospitals to make an effort to spend a hugely under utilised fund, for the benefit of staff and patients.

I aim to be an accountant in a position where I can make a difference – which is entirely achievable here. So firstly I need to pass my exams and gain the necessary experience essential to a higher level post. I’m also interested in seeing different aspects of the NHS, so I’d like to have gained experience across the range of services offered.

For more information about the NHS Leadership Academy take a look at their website.