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National award for health team

Posted onPosted on 11th Sep

The finance team at the health trust that runs three local hospitals has received a national award.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ team was named the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards, Finance Team of the Year for its Future Focused Finance initiative.

The initiative looked at improving NHS finance for everyone, recognising the need for strong financial skills and an understanding across all professional groups to deliver good patient care and value for money.

Throughout the last 18 months the team has improved the quality of the finance team and financial management through a range of networks, frameworks and toolkits.

It is currently working towards Future Focused Finance Level 3 accreditation, having become the first trust in the East Midlands to reach Level 2019.

Judges were particularly impressed with the honesty of the team in identifying the need for improvement. They also noted that it was refreshing to see an acknowledgement of the wider physical and mental health support provided to other teams.

The chief financial officer and deputy chief executive for the trust, which runs Mansfield Community Hospital, Newark Hospital and King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, Paul Robinson, said: “I am so proud of the team for achieving this prestigious accolade.

“It’s a true reflection of their hard work and efforts to really integrate themselves within the organisation to ensure that best practice is carried out.”

This year’s judging process followed a different format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Finalists were asked to create a video presentation to submit for review by the judging panel, which is formed of a wide range of well-respected figures from across the UK healthcare community.