The National Audit Office (NAO) are doing a value for money study entitled Financial management of the NHS in England. The link takes you to the full terms of reference their last interim report from 2020.
In short, the NAO are looking to examine the extent to which the NHS in England is managing its resources well day-to-day. Herts and West Essex ICB has been chosen as one of their case studies, and this would usually involve talks with ICB and trust leads, due to them being public bodies. However, they are also keen to get the voice of Primary Care due to its core part in the health service.
There are two ways in which they might consider doing this:
- A representative of a larger Primary Care Organisation/body for the ICB who, to maintain procedure, would be best placed to request attendance at meetings with the ICB to be likely conducted late January/ early February. This would be via Alan Pond or Jane Halpin (email@example.com).
- Anyone who may want to contribute to the case study for Herts and West Essex specifically, or even the study more generally, can e-mail the study team directly to provide evidence on firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing the study title in the subject line.
Aims of the study:
This report will examine the extent to which the NHS in England is managing its resources well day-to-day, while also looking at the steps it is taking to enable longer-term financial sustainability. Issues to be considered include:
- Whether the NHS is living within its means following the COVID-19 pandemic
- NHS England’s systems and processes for financial management
- NHS England’s use of resources to recover NHS services
- The Department of Health & Social Care and NHS England’s strategy to improve longer-term NHS financial sustainability