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One NHS Finance: Proud to support the delivery of world class healthcare

One NHS Finance brings together the Future-Focused Finance, National Finance Academy, and Finance Innovation Forum programmes and networks to provide training, development, and learning opportunities to the NHS finance community.

Never has a career in the NHS been more high profile, with the NHS front and centre in the response to the pandemic. However, knowledge of a finance career within the NHS is limited, which is why we at One NHS Finance want to promote the variety of roles available and spread awareness of what a career in NHS finance has to offer.  We want to attract new and diverse talent at all levels.

Finance is part of everything the NHS does and we aim to create better awareness on the integral strategic role of finance to the delivery of patient care.   We want our NHS to be the employer of choice for a career in finance.

Discover your career in NHS Finance

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world employing around 1.2 million people in a variety of different roles across hundreds of healthcare providers, Integrated Care Boards and  NHS regulators. Finance is involved in everything the NHS does and most importantly contributes to the care of patients.  We want to help you find your rewarding finance career of choice within the NHS.  Watch the animation below which gives you an idea about some of the roles and opportunities NHS finance has to offer.


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.


What could a career in NHS Financer offer you?

Recruitment for finance roles is happening right now, and a career with the NHS can offer a fantastic array of opportunities to progress quickly with rewarding benefits.