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EPR Finance Business Partner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time

Job Details

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and hardworking individual to join an established Finance team.

The successful candidate will be the interface between Finance and the Trust's Digital & Innovation Service (D& I), specifically providing a comprehensive and high-quality finance business partnering service supporting the Trust's delivery of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) programme.

EPR is one of the largest programmes of digital and clinical transformation the Trust and wider NHS has ever undertaken, and will underpin everything we do for our patients, carers, people, and communities. EPR will support the delivery of efficient, effective, and safer patient care, establishing easy-to-use systems that provides staff and patients with access to the right information, in the right place, at the right time.

You will be working for one of the largest acute healthcare providers in the country. Our services include Emergency and Acute Assessment units, General Medical and Surgical Services, Cancer Care, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Dentistry, Ear Nose and Throat, Neurosciences and Renal services. We offer a full range of general hospital services to around 450,000 people in Plymouth, North and East Cornwall and South and West Devon. These include emergency and major trauma services, maternity services, paediatrics and a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical sub-specialties.

Main duties of the job

The post holder willprovide a comprehensive and high-quality finance business partnering service to support the Trust's Digital & Innovation Service (D& I) in the delivery of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) programme.

As part of this role you must be able to manipulate, analyse, interpret and present financial data at an appropriate level for your audience. The successful candidate should possess excellent communication skills, and be a Professionally Qualified Accountant.

The post holder will be required to promote innovation and improvement by providing expertise and analysis to inform good financial decision making and optimal use of resources.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Utilising specialist knowledge of complex NHS/Trust accounting systems, processes, regulations, financial techniques and relevant legislation, Contractual requirements, together with general commercial awareness, for individual Services to:
  • Provide strategic and business planning advice to the Trust's Digital & Innovation Service (D& I), with a specific responsibility of supporting the EPR Programme.
  • Encourage and influence both finance and non-finance management colleagues to ensure cost-effective and efficient decision making. Doing so by using high developed persuasion, motivation and negotiation skills
  • Investigate highly complex financial queries on income and expenditure, carrying out regular complicated analytical reviews of the Programme financial position, predicting income, developing and using complex models and multiple inputs.
  • Interpret highly complex financial data and give advice on financial risks to ensure the budgets are achievable and owned by the Programme.
  • Assist and advise Programme Teams in the execution of plans to achieve the performance targets set out in the Business Case, within the financial resources allocated to the Programme for that purpose
  • Oversee the accuracy and integrity of Programme financial information relating to Programme reporting and reference costs in particular
  • Identify business opportunities and threats arising out of market analyses and work with the Programme to identify financial impacts and mitigating actions
  • Benchmark the Programme against other similar hospitals using nationally recognised activity and management information and peer data (such as GIRFT and the Model Hospital) - identify areas for benefit delivery and advise Programme and Care Groups to effect such changes.
  • Ensure best practice is developed and delivered at department, programme and organisational level, challenging ways of working and motivating and influencing others.
  • Provide financial support for revenue and capital business cases as appropriate describing the financial implications of the business case and investment appraisal techniques.
  • Represent the Trust at meetings with System colleagues as required to support programme financial matters
  • Provide information and advice to support the allocation of resources, Programme reporting and improve the accuracy of Programme
  • Produce or assist in the production of reports to the Trust Board, as required, using spreadsheets, databases, presentations and report writing skills.
  • Work with Programme team to ensure an in depth understanding of the financial position, any action plans to address variances and ensure accurate .
  • Liaise with the Accountants with the activity and Income analysis to refine monthly, quarterly and annual forecasts of Service Line financial performance as required, taking into account likely profiles of activity, cost behaviours, savings plans and other influencing factors.
  • Identify and maximise the financial impact of EPR Financial Improvement Programme (FIP) schemes.
  • Produce financial information to support Trustwide projects and business cases
  • Assist in the completion of the financial dimensions of the Trusts planning in accordance with the timetable set by NHS Improvement/Executive and ensure compatibility with the Trusts long term financial plans.

Person Specification

Details in Application


  • Fully qualified Professional Accountant or studying towards qualification
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wider health agenda


  • Proven knowledge of EPR



  • Ability to demonstrate developed theoretical and practical proven knowledge at an advanced level and demonstrable experience and expertise in financial management
  • Ability to demonstrate recent Continuing Professional Development including specialist training and experience relating to large clinical setting Finance as well as national accounting standards


  • Management Accounting demonstrable experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Brittany House, Ground Floor, Brest Road, Derriford



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