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Head of Financial Planning, Costing and Income

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) have an exciting opportunity to join our NHS Trust as Assistant Director of Financial Management. LCH have a strong track record of delivering high quality patient care, that is financially sustainable.

Our Finance Team are an award winning team (HFMA Yorkshire and Humber Finance Team of the Year in 2023) with Level 2 accreditation and is highly regarded for its work ethic, flexibility, delivery against deadlines and, most of all, for the insightful support and advice we provide to our colleagues.

As our Head of Planning, Costing & Income, you will be key in maintaining and advancing these standards and reputation.

Main duties of the job

The post is to provide expert advice and lead on the areas of:
  • Financial planning and monitoring, including ensuring the Trust has high quality one year, medium and long-term financial plans that reflect Trust objectives and strategies and reports accurately to external stakeholders in a way that is consistent with internal financial reports
  • Costing of Trust services, including using internal costing and external benchmarks to assist in delivering improved value for money
  • Contracting with commissioners, including contract negotiations, ensuring that contracts maximise the resources available to the Trust

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. See the supporting link on the right for a full list of rewards & why to work for Leeds Community Healthcare.

Right to Work

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide relevant and high quality financial input to the development of the Trusts operational and strategic financial planning, ensuring that income is accurately reflected and ensuring that expenditure plans are fully aligned.
  • To work with the Assistant Director of Finance Financial Management on the development of the Trusts contracting arrangements ensuring there are robust contracts / service level agreements in place for the provision of clinical and non-clinical services provided by the Trust in line with national requirements.
  • To represent the Trust in contract negotiations for clinical and clinical related services, ensuring that timely, relevant, integrated and accurate contract monitoring and performance reports are provided which meet the requirements of commissioners and are owned and understood within the Trust.
  • The post holder will have a pivotal role in supporting the Assistant Director of Finance Financial Management to coordinate and bring together activities within information, planning and performance, finance and operational managers.
  • To ensure that the Trusts decisions as to whether to respond to a competitive tender, work in partnership to develop services or respond to any other commissioning intention is based on accurate, timely financial information and is fully cognisant of the financial and contractual implications for the Trust.
  • To provide expert and specialist knowledge of the contractual implications associated with the implementation and development of currencies and any other payment related initiatives that apply to the Trusts services, community physical health services, community based mental health services and health and justice services.
  • Provision of expert financial advice and support to the Trust by interpreting broad national policy guidance and use own judgement in applying the knowledge to specific circumstances with minimal supervision.
  • To work closely with Directors, General Managers and Heads of Service, in their response to the development of commissioner initiatives, including competitive tenders, and how these need to be translated into contracts/SLAs.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with a range of senior colleagues from outside the Trust to develop best practice.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working with commissioners in NHS and local authority organisations and negotiating annual/multi-year contracts
  • Experience of producing financial plans and NHSE planning returns
  • Coordinating the delivery of the contract agreement process in accordance with agreed timescales within financial management and across the broader organisation


  • Experience of working in different NHS Trusts, finance regimes and finance disciplines

Skills and Attributes


  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills, highly articulate and numerate.
  • Able to communicate complex financial information to non-finance colleagues, with the necessary confidence to offer financial advice at Board committee-level meetings
  • Confident user of IT MS Excel, integrated financial ledger system, databases
  • Strong leadership and inter-personal skills. Self-motivated, with the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Specialist knowledge of NHS contracting regime and costing and pricing techniques


  • Broad understanding of the current political climate and generate knowledge of trends in healthcare and likely impact on NHS Trusts



  • CCAB qualified accountant or equivalent experience and evidence of continued professional development


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Building 3 White Rose Park

Millshaw Park Lane


LS11 0DL

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