Financial assumptions

NHSCFA's 2024 to 2025 financial framework.

The delivery of this business plan is supported by robust financial planning that includes some key assumptions:

  • the NHSCFA annual Government (DHSC) funding request for financial year 2024-25 is £22.567m. This includes £5.911m of project funding for Athena and £1.208m for our Capital Programme
  • there will be no further changes in service delivery requirements outside of the current plans
  • there are no further cost pressures above the current growth and inflation assumptions
  • organisation change undertaken in 2022 to 2023 is still expected to achieve a performance improvement of 25% on the base performance target set in 2020 to 2023

The NHSCFA’s financial framework

This supports the organisation in delivering its duties in a sustainable manner. As part of the framework, we will strive to achieve further investment in NHS counter fraud work by demonstrating it has a positive financial impact. The key elements of the framework are:

  • financial management and controls are regularly scrutinised and reviewed at board level
  • all opportunities to secure additional funding are identified to achieve best financial outcomes within three years generated by funding constraints
  • financial balance is delivered by aligning financial and workforce planning
  • routine monitoring of monthly financial position and risks is undertaken by the finance team, underpinned by monthly finance assurance meetings to review and assess the risk of the financial position with accountable budget holders

Our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) oversees all financial aspects of governance, including financial and non-financial risk management. The mitigations against financial and all other strategic risks are regularly reviewed as part of our risk management framework and are reported to the ARAC.

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