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Lead Financial Accountant

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To support the organisation in ensuring the effective use of the resources available to the community trust, to ensure proper stewardship and accountability for the use of those resources and to maintain and develop cost effective financial systems and processes to account for the use of resources in accordance with statutory requirements. The post holder will, in particular, have a key role in corporate financial reporting (both to the board and the Department of Health) and statutory accounts.

Main duties of the job

Experienced accountant required for leading delivery of NHS Trust financial deliverables including monthly closure and reporting, annual accounts, audit visits, board reports, NHS returns and submissions.

Must be an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can lead a team to perform to a high standard across many functions.

Be able to support good financial management and stewardship across the trust and its stakeholders.

About us

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is in the top 25 per cent of all community trusts for overall staff engagement in the 2021 NHS National Staff Survey.

At LCHS, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in LCHS' workforce.

LCHS recognises the increasing demand for more flexibility in working practices in order to accommodate the personal goals and commitments that employees experience at different stages during their working lives. Flexible working opportunities such as part-time working, compressed hours, job shares, and hybrid working models can help staff to balance their personal and work commitments. Arrangements can be put in place if it can be shown that the needs of the individual can be balanced with those of the service and the impact on other team members, enabling the Trust to recruit and retain skilled staff, raise staff morale, reduce absenteeism and respond to changing service needs more effectively.

We are an ambassador of a learning culture that will support the right individual to progress in their chosen career through an 'earn while you learn' apprenticeship programme. Visit our Learning and Development page to find out more

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Lincolnshire Community Health Service requires all staff to safeguard children, young people and adults. All staff are required to access the organisational policies, also the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Local Safeguarding Adults Board policies and procedures that underpin the safeguarding agenda. The safeguarding policies to be followed are found at and LCHS policies, procedures and guidelines - It is a condition of your employment that as an employee you are expected to adhere to our policies, procedures and guidelines. These can all be found on the Trusts website.3. To complete internal financial reports, particularly to the Trust Board, in line with the Trust reporting timetables4. To complete external financial returns to the NHS England, as per national timetables5. To coordinate the completion of interim annual statutory accounts in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)6. To coordinate, through close liaison and planning, the work of colleagues outside the Finance Team in support of the internal financial reporting, external reporting and statutory accounts7. Provide information and replies to queries raised by both internal and external auditors. Prepare information to respond to audit reports relating to areas of responsibility and assist in the implementation of audit recommendations8. To provide technical financial expertise to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, policy and good practice9. To continuously improve the financial systems and processes of the Trust to ensure good governance, stewardship, sound controls and cost effectiveness10. To assist in the forecasting and management of cash requirements through coordination and monitoring of Trust working capital balances11. To maintain responsibility for reviewing and monitoring of systems in order to assist in achieving prompt payment of creditor invoices12. To ensure the accurate and timely reporting of Cost Improvement Plans to Trust Leadership Team, Board, and subcommittees13. To coordinate capital accounting and maintaining the fixed asset system14. To act as the key expertise in procurement matters for the Trust15. To support, develop and train Trust managers in good financial stewardship16. Managing the investments and the whole treasury management process ensuring that the highest return is achieved17. Co-ordinating the production of the various papers for the Audit Committee, Finance, Performance & Investment Committee, and Trust Board within the prescribed timetable18. Lead and champion the Finance & Business Intelligence priorities and objectives, ensuring that professional contribution is clearly aligned to Trust priorities and objectives19. Provide professional leadership, advice and information on business and marketing matters including providing expert advice and support on complex matters, enhancing external links for professional issues and raising the Trusts profile20. To establish close relationships with key stakeholders to lead, shape and support implementation of both internal and external LCHSStrategy21. To write, compile and deliver executive board reports, committee reports and assurance reports to various board and committees as required, ensuring the highest level of accuracy22. To lead an approach that has customer/ service user/carer focus at its very heart

Person Specification



  • CCAB or relevant experience



  • Verbal written and numeric
  • Influence negotiate communicate
  • Learn and adapt
  • Motivate and lead a team
  • Systems, action and results delivery



  • Process policies and legislation
  • Technical accounting
  • NHS Policies



  • Experience in finance in a complex multi-professional organisation
  • Lead a team responsible for the delivery of a programme/project to improve services

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust


Beech House

Waterside South



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