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NHS Funding and Decision Making

As well as a thorough introduction to how funding works in the NHS, the Digital Learning Academy NHS Funding course helps you understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the NHS Long-term Plan. It will also help you gain a good understanding of your customers funding goals, KPIs and their pain points.

Taking this course can support you to achieve more effective partnerships by understanding your NHS customers’ financial requirements and delivering solutions in line with their budgets.

Our modules, including NHS Finance, have been recently updated to understand the impact of the pandemic on NHS funding, procurement, and commissioning.

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Key course modules:

NHS Finance

Covid-19 has forced huge demands on NHS finances, resources, and practices. The government has pumped emergency funds into the service and authorised billions of pounds worth of debt write-offs in an effort to stem the spread of the disease. But the foundations of pre-covid-19 NHS finances remain, even with the government suspending some policies and promising ‘whatever it takes’ to fight the pandemic. The updated ‘How does finance work in the NHS?’ module summarises briefly the latest financial developments up to April 2020. It then goes on to discuss questions such as how much money there is in the NHS, how it is spent and how the financing of NHS services is changing.

Understanding Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the main NHS commissioners. They receive the bulk of the NHS budget and, although their role is evolving, are still the most important customer for providers. Begin this module to find out more about what they are, how their role is changing and how you can engage with these influential organisations.


Commissioning in the NHS

Commissioners plan and purchase health services from providers to ensure care is available to meet the needs of the local population. This module looks at what commissioning is, what the future of commissioning looks like and the implications for industry.


NHS Procurement

The fast-moving world of NHS procurement is always one of the areas our industry clients are most interested in. This course brings you up-to-date with all that has happened in the past year – including the implementation of the ‘future operating model’, the establishment of the procurement towers, the role of pricing transparency, and how procurement will be affected by the NHS Long-term Plan.

Who are your customers in Hospital Care?

Take this module to answer key questions, including: What are secondary and tertiary care? How is provider performance measured? What are the provider and commissioner job roles that industry needs to understand? And how are the Long-term Plan and the sustainability and transformation partnerships changing the way providers work?


Who are your customers in General Practice?

GP practices in England work together in primary care networks covering average patient populations of 30-50,000 patients. These networks aim to provide services that are integrated with other parts of the health and care system.

This module provides a useful, easy to read summary of how general practice works, its key job functions and how it interacts with other parts of the NHS system.

What are Specialised Services?

This module describes the whole specialised commissioning process, including all decision-makers and bodies responsible for this important area of care.

It also explains what is happening to specialised commissioning as NHS England begins to divest itself of responsibility for the majority of services and new commissioning arrangements outlined in STP plans begin to determine where and how specialised care will be provided.


The NHS in England – Funding and Decision Making course is an integral part of our Market Access and Sales programme for industry. Each of the courses in the programme give you a thorough understanding of the NHS, its policy and structure for that area. With this in-depth knowledge you will gain credibility and confidence to engage effectively and strengthen NHS partnerships.

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