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The Structure of the NHS and how the Money Flows

Healthcare receives the largest amount of pre-allocated public money, £1 in every £5 of government spending is spent on healthcare; despite the large amounts of money given to the NHS, this is still a finite resource. The NHS Finance Function must be expert in the financial planning, analysis, management, and control of those funds to ensure the efficient use of public money. You could be part of a team that has a vital role to play in supporting the delivery of world class healthcare.

The NHS grapples with an ever-increasing expenditure commitment due to a combination of an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs, advancing scientific understanding in medical sciences coupled with increasing pharmaceutical costs. As this increase in expenditure has not been met by the same rise in allocated funding, the NHS has undergone numerous reforms over the years to meet this challenge. 

Have a watch of the animation below which explains how the NHS is structured, how it gets its money and how the money flows from Parliament all the way down to patient care.  The map to the right illustrates the 42 Integrated Care Systems in 7 different regions.

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