Head of Commissioning, Contract & Income

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Job summary

The post holder is responsible for overall management and performance of the commissioning, contracts and income team the Trust's complex commissioning and contracting relationships. They will ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, integrity and business focus of financial systems and processes and will be responsible for advising on highly complex issue and lead on corporate reporting, providing financial and business planning advice. They will maintain strong relationships with commissioners and stakeholders to enable delivery of key contracting priorities and provision of services. This will require strong negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills.

The post holder is responsible for maximising income recovery and ensuring income due to Herefordshire is secured, currently this is through contracts totalling approximately �260 million.

As Herefordshire moves to Place based commissioning the post holder will be an integral part of establishing the due diligence for delegated contracts and ongoing oversight of Place contracts

Main duties of the job

The Head of Commissioning, Contracts & Income and is responsible for:
  • Providing timely and accurate management information to support the operational and financial planning processes including budget setting and medium term planning.
  • Providing a timely and accurate management service on income and contracting to support the business needs of the Trust including internal and external business cases.
  • The production of monthly income reporting (internal and external) that support the production of relevant statutory NHS accounts and returns according to timescales and legal requirements, interpreting these where necessary.
  • Support health economy planning and modelling of future service provision arising from the Strategic Transformation Plans.
  • Provides due diligence on proposed financial transactions.
  • Monitors effective use of resources at Place.
  • Provides financial oversight on contracts held.
  • The management of a team of staff.
  • Act as the primary point of contact between finance and the Information team.
  • To deputise for the Deputy Chief Finance Officer as appropriate.

This work requires a significant degree of independent working as well as close working with senior professionals both within and outside the Trust.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT and the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,000 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: \The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff; a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view role requirements and role responsibilities in full, please view supporting documents linked to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Professionally qualified as an Accountant and member of a Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies (CCAB) or accounting apprenticeship level 7.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Secondary or Further Education Qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Leadership skills at a line management level
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to demonstrate strong influencing and negotiation skills and to develop strong and effective relationships
  • Up to date knowledge of NHS Finance and Accounting practice
  • The post will be managed by objectives and the holder will be expected to show initiative and act autonomously within given boundaries
  • Excellent skills in the use of Microsoft Office products
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information, in a range of formats (written, graphically and verbally
  • Full understanding of the NHS Performance regime underpinning Service Unit performance
  • Ability to analyse highly complex issue and makes judgements on financial decisions and financial risk where there is no precedent and where other leading opinions may conflict.
  • Strong understanding of information activity, currency and design and association with patient flows.


  • Expert knowledge of NHS Standard Contract
  • Expert knowledge of National Tariff Payment Regime, other methods and currency of contracts for income collection



  • NHS/Public sector financial environment
  • Planning projects which impact across the organisation
  • Delivery of accounting and financial services over the financial year
  • Develops and takes the lead in advising on medium and long-term strategic financial planning across the Trust.
  • Comfortable and capable of clear communicating at all levels
  • NHS/Public sector financial environment
  • Proven extensive Financial & Business Track Record


  • Experience of working collaboratively across Organisations
  • Experience of NHS Commissioning
  • Experience of NHS Reference Costs and Costing Transformation Programme

Personal Attributes


  • Be able to represent the Trust in meetings with external stakeholders and commissioners
  • Good team player
  • Adaptable in a changing working environment
  • Capable of managing reasonable levels of work pressure and challenging deadlines

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