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Healthcare Finance, Finance Training, NHS, clinical engagement, COVID-19
The finance department at Lancashire Care has always delivered financial training to support budget holders, clinicians and managers. The COVID–19 pandemic threatened to curtail these important interactions. Understandably financial training wasn’t a priority as the pandemic manifested but as the months progressed and a sense of routine developed, clinicians reached out to the finance department to request some financial awareness training. It demonstrated that whilst the NHS has had to cope and manage with the ‘greatest threat to mental health since the second world war’ (Guardian, Dec 2020), clinical and finance colleagues decided that the show must go on!
This article describes the training that was delivered and how finance departments can still interact and engage with non-finance colleagues during these challenging times.