Trust Finance team score hat-trick at national awards

The Liverpool University Hospitals Finance team have been recognised for their efforts and achievements during COVID-19 in scooping three national awards at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Awards 2021.

The team won the prestigious title of Team of the Year, as well as taking home both the Havelock Training Award and Governance Award.

Rob Forster, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, said: “We are thrilled to have won three Healthcare Financial Management Association awards. I am incredibly proud of all our finance colleagues. 

“It has been a challenging period, and to be recognised at a national level for our achievements is credit to the hard work, professionalism, innovation and ability of the whole Finance team. To be named Team of the Year is an honour and I look forward to what we can achieve in the future to further support the Trust in delivering the very best care possible for the populations we serve.”

Having redesigned LUHFT’s entire budget process, the team devolved as much resource as possible to further support patient care and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding reallocation enabled clinical teams to continue to provide the best patient care possible, and for colleagues to access increased resources and services to support their mental and physical wellbeing.

Partnership working was also strengthened, and a number of different projects were developed with stakeholders to enhance patient care and support colleagues at the Trust. Together with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, funds were enabled to create an integrated reablement service, and Woodlands Hospice joining LUHFT helped develop advanced palliative care services for local communities.

The team were also recognised for their work on enabling part of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital to open as a COVID-19 step down unit. Working together with clinical colleagues and construction partners, Laing O’Rourke, during the height of the pandemic the Trust was able to safely open a wing within the live development to care for COVID-19 patients.