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

Philip King, chief executive of the Institute of Credit Management, looks at the issues facing the healthcare sector in collecting cash, and particularly how Bupa UK is harnessing people and technology to enhance its credit management processes

Be sure to investigate all your funding choices before investing, says the Finance and Leasing Association

The Institute of Payroll Professionals looks at recent changes to legislation regarding swine flu and Reforming the Medical Statement

Many in the NHS assume that new equipment has to be purchased as leasing equipment is too expensive or too difficult. But is this right?

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