Income & Financial Planning Accountant

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
GBP 40.00
23 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work; it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

"As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce".

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview

Job overview

This role will support the Senior Income & Financial Planning Accountant in the timely and
accurate reporting of the Trust's planned and actual income & activity position to both
internal and external stakeholders.
This includes maintaining the Trust's activity reporting system, SLAM, engaging with
Commissioners to resolve queries and supporting the Trusts planning process by assisting
in the production of annual income plans based on planned services, activity and case-mix.
Strong analytical and communication skills are key for this role given the need to understand
drivers of financial performance and being able to describe and discuss these with both
finance and non-finance personnel.

Main duties of the job

This role is responsible for maintaining the data within the Trust's income and contract management system, SLAM, producing high calibre reports relating to the Trust's income position, and support divisional teams in the interpretation of clinical activity and income data. They will also work with the senior members of the Financial Planning, Costing & Contracting team to liaise with Commissioners over contract agreements and variations.

The post holder will be a key contributor to the financial planning processes for the Trust, providing detailed income and contracting information that will be directly used within the Trust's financial planning returns.

There will also be opportunities to support other arms of the team, including the Costing Team, Contracts Team, and Private Patient & Overseas Visitor Team.

The post holder will also be expected to be a leader for junior members of the team, providing support and training when development needs are identified.

Working for our organisation

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join the Financial Planning, Costing & Contracting Team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We are looking for an AAT qualified accountant to undertake a 12 month secondment to cover maternity leave.

The successful post holder will be joining the Income & Financial Planning arm of the team and play a key part in the processing of patient care activity data and production of informative reports to both internal and external stakeholders. Effective communication skills will be essential, as will the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong analytical skills and the ability to think laterally to solve problems will also be vital.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • Support the Senior Income & Financial Planning Accountant to ensure that the
    Trust has processes in place for all income due to the Trust under its contracts
    and other agreements for patient activity;
  • Assist in the production of accurate, timely and high calibre reports of the Trust's
    income position for inclusion in formal reports to the Trust's Finance Committee
    and Board, for internal management and for commissioners;
  • Identify and report to the Senior Income & Financial Planning Accountant any
    income risks and opportunities;
  • Work with divisional finance and management teams to develop a common
    understanding of the activity and income position and to improve income
  • Liaise with the Informatics team and other managers to make sure that policies
    and the processing of data meet the needs of all commissioners;

Person specification

Essential criteria
  • AAT qualified
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of the NHS finance regime

Desirable criteria
  • Working towards a professional qualification

Essential criteria
  • Able to deliver work on time and to a high standard
  • Able to analyse and present information in a logical and clear format, identifying risk and opportunities
  • Competent in the use of MS Office, in particular advanced skills in Microsoft Excel
  • Experience and knowledge of costing and pricing of services within the NHS
  • Experience and knowledge of the national tariff and other NHS income regimes
  • Involvement in financial exercises and submissions, with particular regard to quality of content
  • Experience of using computerised financial systems
  • NHS experience

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to interpret complex financial concepts for non-financial managers
  • Able to deal with Clinicians / Budget managers with complex and sensitive information
  • Able to manage the daily work and priorities of a team providing support to other finance and operational staff
  • Able to work individually or as part of a small team in the achievement of the team's objectives
  • Able to organise workload and prioritise conflicting priorities
  • Able to plan and organise workload over different areas of responsibility to achieve the team's goals
  • Receptive to change and able to devise and implement new working methods
  • Willing to praise and be supportive to others
  • Having integrity, being conscientious and willing to work flexibly
  • Self-motivated and able to act on own initiative

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Any invitation to interview will be sent to you via email using the email account stated on your application form.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction following start in post. The amount of £23+£4 (standard disclosure) or £40+£4 (enhanced disclosure) can be deducted from salary, in manageable monthly installments for up to 3 months following commencement of employment.

Applicants are encouraged where possible, to register for the DBS update service, which will save the cost of repeated disclosures between employers, in return for a annual registration fee of £13.

Please Note that for Volunteers requiring a DBS check no charge will be made

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be judged against this.

Please note that every effort will be made to keep the vacancy live until published closing date, though there may be instances where such interest is generated, that for administrative reasons the post may close earlier.

Please note that in line with national NHS guidelines this Trust operates a strict non-smoking policy. Members of staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises or grounds at any time nor take breaks during working hours for the purposes of smoking.

The Trust does not offer interview expenses to shortlisted candidates unless indicated in the advert.

Documents to download
  • Job Description ( PDF , 395.3 KB )
  • Person Specification ( PDF , 155.1 KB )
  • Conditions Of Service ( PDF , 80.5 KB )
  • Guidance on Pre-Employment Checks ( PDF , 64.2 KB )
  • Statement on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders ( PDF , 43.2 KB )

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