Healthcare Financial Management Association regularly publishes resources to support Chairs and non-executive directors in working with NHS finances at Board.
Paper: Year-end reminders for non-executive directors – drawn together from HFMA planning conferences, it sets out the main issues to be aware of as well as key questions non-executive directors and lay-members should be asking.
Paper: The external audit: best practice in working well together– reflections on how organisations and Boards can work well with their external auditors.
Paper: External audit reports: the role of the audit committee – this short paper is intended to support audit committee members to easily understand the range of external audit reports and additional powers.
Briefing: How to review and scrutinise the numbers: a guide for governing body/ audit committee members – this briefing sets out a series of questions that non-executive directors/ lay members could ask at governing body/ board and audit committee meetings to assess how things are going in financial and governance terms and to identify any areas of potential concern.
Resource: NHS corporate governance map – aimed at NHS boards, governing bodies, audit committees and those NHS staff with an interest in governance, the purpose of the NHS corporate governance map is to highlight the published resources that support the development and maintenance of effective governance arrangements.
HFMA Briefings particularly relevant for non-executive directors and lay members:
- An introduction and glossary to NHS and local government finance and governance in England
- What finance data is required to drive value at a population level?
- How it works – Specialised commissioning in England
- How it works – NHS continuing healthcare
- How do you support effective system decision-making?
- How it works – personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets
- How it works – understanding the financial position
- How it works: The Department of Health and NHS England allocation process
- How it works: The clinical commissioning group allocation process