We provide a distinctive range of audit and advisory services to all types of NHS clients.
Our health audit work is led by Gareth Davies, formerly Managing Director of the Audit Commission’s Audit Practice. We are the external auditor of Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Foundation Trusts in the North of England. Our highly experienced external auditors are supported by a strong technical team which includes health specialists, well versed in NHS accounting and financial reporting and the Monitor regulatory regime for NHS Foundation Trusts. We use this expertise to support our clients with technical updates, as well as contributing to professional developments across the sector.
We are able to offer an expert external audit service to NHS Foundation Trusts nationwide thanks to specialist expertise recruited from the Audit Commission’s Trust Practice blended with Mazars’ public services and commercial experience.
For more information contact Gareth Davies .
Governance, risk and internal controls
Mazars provides a full range of services in respect of governance, risk and internal audit. We work with our health clients in a variety of ways which include full outsourcing, partial outsourcing, the provision of specialist services and secondment/temporary assistance.
We know that data quality and counter fraud are key assurance issues in the health sector. We have good practical experience of assisting clients with both of these. We currently provide governance, risk and internal control services to a wide range of health related organisations including nationally recognised bodies, professional membership organisations and charities. We have a wide range of staff at all levels who can assist in all areas of management assurance – we have a particular skill around combined assurance and understand how to maximise assurance, avoid duplication of costs and improve controls.
For more information contact: Peter Cudlip
Our specialist health advisory team brings a blend of clinical, managerial and financial expertise and experience to our clients. Our Head of Health Advisory, Mary-Ann Bruce, is a registered general nurse, a registered children’s nurse and a registered health visitor and her experience of managing many health services gives her highly credible insight into the challenges facing managers in our health clients. We work with many different types of health organisations in particular through the reforms helping new CCGs address a number of the governance, cultural and clinical challenges they face. We focus our help on health commissioners and related bodies; mental health provider trusts and acute trusts. A particular feature of our work is our capability to understand and work across organisational and sector boundaries. Our health team are able to co-ordinate the wider skills of a this global company by bringing you services in Financial modelling, Model audit, Due Diligence, Tax, Outsourcing, Business recovery and Business Process Improvement.
A brief summary of some of our services is set out below. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) supporting them in various ways as they continue to establish themselves. Our expertise in governance combined with our understanding of the health sector is particularly helpful as these new organisations grapple with the challenge of moving past authorisation as local health commissioners. We help make governance understandable for many new to the corporate world and to emerging new organisations. We offer a bespoke and flexible approach to supporting our commissioning clients: each one’s needs are different and we provide only what is explicitly required and relevant in each case. What is always the same however is that the support, whether it is a facilitated workshop for clinicians or managers, a mentoring relationship for a manager or a clinical lead, or a critique of aspects of the client’s financial, QIPP or business plans, the work will be carried out by highly experienced, credible consultants.
For more information contact: Mary-Ann Bruce
Mental health providers
Our standing in the sector can be gauged by our current role in two important assignments with a national organisation, which will have long-lasting influence on both commissioning and delivering mental health services. At the same time, we are working on an innovative capacity modelling model and have just launched our Mental Health inpatient ward staffing tool. Download further information here about our exciting work in helping bring complex mental health data sets together in a simple manner.
We are keen to work with CCGs and mental health organisations to help bring a focus to this important and growing area of demand.
Peter Finn is our lead advisor in mental health. He was formerly the Audit Commission’s national mental health lead, and while in that role was instrumental in developing and growing the mental health benchmarking club. He is a former Board level Director of a mental health trust and he and his team have developed a strong reputation in the sector for high quality analysis and realistic, practical advice.
Contact: Peter Finn
Financial modelling and model audit
The Mazars financial modelling team is a recognised centre of excellence. Combined with our knowledge of health and social care data sets we can provide a service which brings together financial modelling best practice and understanding of the robustness of information typically used in NHS organisations and their partners
ARE YOUR FINANCIAL MODELS AND SPREADSHEETS ACCURATE AND FIT FOR PURPOSE?
- Have you inherited financial models and spreadsheets?
- Are you reliant on spreadsheets that have grown and developed over time?
- Are you confident that the performance models you use are accurate?
- Do you need bespoke data models?
- Do you rely on complex data sets to make decisions?
- Are you confident that your support organisations are providing accurate models?
In all sorts of industries spreadsheet-based financial models are critical in helping organisations manage complex information in a fast moving environment. However, such financial models can have errors and expose organisations to financial and reputational risk.
By way of example, the recent independent inquiry into the cancelled West Coast Main Line franchise competition concluded that the project failed because of an accumulation of significant errors including those related to the use of financial models. As a result a particular recommendation of the report was for formalised quality assurance procedures to be established in respect of financial modelling, encompassing best practice, model audit and other testing procedures.
The transition to the new NHS architecture means that many organisations will be working with the legacy of models created by PCTs or SHAs. These could be local, regional or national models that are being adapted for new requirements. These models may contain cumulative errors and not be fit for the new landscape. You may be a new CFO working in a CCG or with a CSU trying to move fast to get your models up and running. We can help you.
We can work with you to:
- Review and test your models to determine whether they are accurate and built to best practice standards
- Rebuild those mission critical financial models spreadsheets to ensure
- they are robust and accurate going forward
- no longer reliant on the historical knowledge of the original model builder
- dynamic and capable of running different scenarios
- have a high impact summary dashboard to allow for effective communication internally and externally
- provide on-going on-call modelling support to your team
- Develop and build new models to suit your emerging business needs
Our senior team have many years experience of financial modelling and allied services and would be delighted to discuss our services with you in more detail.
Driving change and continuous improvement in addition to your business as usual pressures is not straight forward. Our dedicated Business Performance Improvement (BPI) team work closely with you to design and deliver practical solutions to your specific challenges. We recently applied Lean / Six Sigma techniques to a radiology department, for example, and helped the trust achieve significant improvements in performance.
Our BPI team have a range of established service offerings that we tailor to your unique requirements including Business Process Redesign, Organisation Design, Management Information & Reporting, Project and Change Management