NHS buying power can save the public sector millions

The health service is now on target to save £1bn in efficiencies by 2020 by working with NHS Shared Business Services. Much more is possible when the wider public sector takes action, writes Peter Akid, NHS Shared Business Services director of procurement.

Paul Briddock, Director of Policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association, examines the injection of funding pledged by the new Conservative government against ongoing NHS pressures

Medical professionals are busy people and it’s all too easy to spend your time dealing with the here and now. But serious thought should also be given to your own personal future, advises Mark Brownridge, member of the Institute of Financial Planning

There are some decisions in the NHS that only impact on finances and some that only impact on quality, but most impact on both. So what’s the best way to balance the priorities of quality improvement and financial sustainability? The NHS Confederation’s Paul Healy reports on recent research into the matter

The Local Improvement Finance Trust aims to improve facilities for primary care and community services that best meet the needs of local populations. Peter Shand, director of strategy explains the impact of the programme and future challenges

Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association, discusses the growing importance of local system leadership in healthcare organisations

Stephen Childs of NHS North of England comments on the progress that has been made to improve healthcare commissioning since the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act

Nick Gerrard of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust explains how an ambitious savings initiative named Project Spotlight has led to breakthroughs in procurement strategy

Paul Briddock of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) reports on the challenges NHS trusts face in meeting financial targets, and shares five key areas of focus for healthcare organisations to remain clinically, financially and operationally sustainable

Michael Boyd, head of healthcare at law firm DWF discusses how the Francis report impacts the wider NHS

Real Time Information in the NHS will improve the operation of PAYE, and needs to be in place before October 2013.

NHS Protect’s intelligence bulletin process alerts NHS organisations to current fraud trends and has led to more than half of attempts being prevented in the last financial year.

NHS trusts may wish to separate capital equipment acquisition from the service outsourcing in order to retain greater transparency of outsourcing costs

Louise Hamilton, head of NHS sales and marketing, Singers Healthcare Finance, discusses past and present approaches to financing and replacing high-value equipment in the NHS

Philip King, chief executive of the Institute of Credit Management, says that in difficult times, credit managers increasingly need to prove their worth

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