The key to any successful Divisional management team is a good blend of skills with the Divisional Accountant role supplementing the General Manager, Lead Nurse and of course the Clinical Director. Together in the right blend will mean that good things will be happening in that part of whichever hospital that maybe.
For me this is the exciting part of being an accountant in the NHS, being at the "sharp end" and helping make services better for the patients who rely on the hospital for their care and treatment. Working in tandem is a really rewarding part of the job and the one that perhaps can feel a bit daunting to a young recruit. My advice would be to embrace the job, get support from the right places at the right time but you will feel some real pride when a major project comes to fruition, I know i did, and its why I joined the service.
It's a two way street though and the divisional accountant has a crucial role in ensuring that his colleagues within the Divisional team have the requisite understanding of all things Financial for them to be able to see their way through when thinking about a new project.
Managers need a good all around knowledge of the bits of Finance that are the real issues for them, regular awareness raising is a great way to supplement the work of the Divisional accountant.
It just so happens I have the very thing you might need, have a look round the website and give me a call if you need any awareness raising, either general or bespoke.
Have a good week folks.