Finance & Procurement
The Finance element of the Directorate provides the following finance related services and support to all areas of the GHA.
• Revenue and expenditure accounts
• Revenue and expenditure forecasting and monitoring
• Financial analysis of the impact of specific projects
• Cash management and Insurances
• Entitlement Matters
• Preparation of annual estimates and accounts
• Preparation of external accounts with the UK Dept of Health
• Generating tenders for specific goods and services including the development of specifications
• Supplier research and value analysis
• Supply contract administration
• Ordering of goods and services
• Maintaining appropriate purchasing standards
• Inventory control and stores management
• Government programmes
• Financial statistical data collection and dissemination
The expenditure generated for the GHA in the financial year ending 31 March 2012 was approximately £89.2m. The Directorate has undergone many changes over the past few years and is in the process of developing and improving functions across the board to ensure that the Directorate keeps to its mission statement;
“to provide secure, sound financial management within the GHA”.
The Payroll Unit is responsible for the compilation of over 1500 salaries. This number includes payments made in respect of complement posts, contract posts and provisions of locum cover. Agenda for Change, the new pay and grading system introduced in financial year 2010/2011, with major active participation of the payroll team to standardise the pay and the terms and conditions of various hospital grades has now been completed.
Accounts and Payments
Accounts and Payments sections have now been successfully merged under the control of one Executive Officer, although the responsibilities of each department continue to be separate and distinct.
In addition to the normal work carried out by the Accounts Team on all entitlement issues, billing non-entitled patients etc, the department undertook additional tasks during the past few years, including:
• The billing of the M.O.D as a result of the agreement entered into by Government to provide emergency healthcare for M.O.D personnel. The additional workload, projected for 2011, include the documentation of all M.O.D patients attending A & E and various wards and departments
within the GHA.
• The implementation of Optical Policy for Under 16s introduced in November 2010.