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Care Group Management Accountant

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for a Care Group Accountant who wants to use their finance skills to make a difference to the healthcare services we provide.

As part of the Management Accounts Team, you will provide a high quality accounting and financial advice service to a Care Group which may consist of a significant number of service areas.This is a rewarding and challenging role requiring financial and analytical expertise, underpinned by excellent communication and organisational skills.

The successful candidate should be a qualified Accountant (or training towards), with demonstrable experience of working in a management accounting environment. Proven knowledge of the NHS would also be an advantage.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being part of our team. The department offers hybrid and flexible working arrangements.

For an informal discussion please contact Sam Bailey via and Jackie Judd via

Main duties of the job

To provide the lead accounting expertise and financial analysis to the Care Group and Corporate teams within them.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

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.


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

To provide the lead accounting expertise and financial analysis the Management Accounting service to the Care Group and Operational or Corporate teams within them.

Utilising specialist knowledge of complex NHS/Trust accounting systems, processes, regulations, financial techniques and relevant legislation, for individual Service lines to:

1. Provide a comprehensive and high standard of management accounting service to the Operational Managers, Clinical Directors, Budget Holders, and Support Managers within their respective Service Lines and Care Groups/ Operational or Corporate Teams in a way that both supports improving patient care and balances Trust financial objectives.

2. To lead on the management accounting reporting for the Care Group to the Care Group Finance Business Partner/ Head of Financial Management.. Ensuring Care Groups management account functions such as monthly reports and forecasts are completed.

3. Apply best accounting practices to ensure an accurate representation of the Service Lines financial performance

4. Use persuasion, motivation and negotiation skills to encourage and influence Service Line Management Team Budget Holders within the Service Lines to ensure cost-effective decision making by management.

5. Lead the budget setting process for Service Lines ensuring that budgets are reflective of the resources required to deliver services

6. Provide financial support for complex business cases as appropriate describing the financial implications of the business case and investment appraisal techniques

7. Be able to use the Trust accounting packages to a high standard, thereby ensuring maximum information is available to the Service Lines and Trust.

8. Analyse variances by comparing actual income and expenditure versus budget and/or trend analysis techniques, to take account of the complex interaction between activity and income and expenditure and highlight areas of concern

9. Benchmark information internally or with other NHS organisations.

10. Be able to provide specialist financial advice through developing expert knowledge relating to the service area being supported. This may include knowledge of contracts and pricing. Attend relevant contractual meetings as a finance representative. Ensure accurate build up of contract financial schedules.

For further details please see attached J& DPS.


This job description is neither definitive nor exhaustive and is not intended to be totally comprehensive. It may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. This job description is to be read in conjunction with all current Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust policies, procedures & guidelines.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Ability to demonstrate developed theoretical and practical proven knowledge at an advanced level and demonstrable experience and expertise in financial management, accounting procedures, relevant legislation and finance policies
  • Ability to demonstrate recent Continuing Professional Development including specialist training and demonstrable experience relating to NHS Finance as well as national accounting standards
  • Awareness of the current NHS Agenda, national directives and all Governance aspects.


  • Management Accounting demonstrable experience



  • A levels and 5 x GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent, including Mathematics and English Language at GCSE level
  • Either: a) Fully qualified Professional Accountant or studying towards qualification or b) Proven equivalent knowledge and demonstrable experience and significant and relevant demonstrable experience


  • Degree or equivalent

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Excellent level of numeracy
  • Able to deduce key points from large/highly complex volumes of data analysing several aspects of data
  • Ability to resolve highly complex problems including integration of financial and operational aspects into Strategic and operational plans.
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels.
  • Able to communicate highly complex/sensitive and contentious information effectively to large groups of staff.
  • Good inter-personal skills including negotiation and presentation skills. Able to overcome barriers to acceptance
  • Able to prioritise own work and that of others effectively within ever changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service depending on monthly, quarterly and annual cycles.
  • Ability to work under intense pressure and to concentrate on highly complex accounting information for prolonged periods of time on a frequent basis.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust





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