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Does the public value NHS accountants?

26 April 2016

Just 5 per cent of NHS finance professionals feel valued by the public and patients, says a new briefing survey from the HFMA.

Luckily faint praise is not what motivates accountants for working in the NHS. The latest 'NHS Finance Function in 2015:
England' found for well-over two thirds (71%) of respondents it is public sector values that keeps them going. Improving patient care is a motivation for 60% of those surveyed.

Finance professionals working in the NHS also feel their departments provide real value for money - well 89 per cent think so.

Despite the challenges of grappling with tight financial statements and trying to add value to patient care some two-thirds of accountants say they would like to spend the rest of their careers working for it.

In all some 16,211 finance professionals are currently working in the NHS, that's a 3 per cent rise on 2013 figures.

The survey worryingly revealed that there is still a large imbalance between the number of women working in finance roles and those in the top jobs. Some 62 per cent of finance staff are female, but only 26 % of FDs are women.

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