The aim of health finance is to ensure that the people of Scotland receive a high quality health service.
The Health Finance Division has overall responsibility for every budget which falls under the portfolio of the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (HW&CS).
This includes proactive management and reporting on the financial performance of 14 territorial NHS Boards, 8 Special Health Boards and related agencies, as well as the internal programme expenditure across the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorates (SGHSCD).
The Division is responsible for ensuring that NHS Boards, Agencies and SGHSCD Directorates appropriately manage the resources they have been allocated and that appropriate action is taken when financial difficulties arise. The Division is also responsible for providing financial advice and guidance and financial and corporate accounting and reporting.
The Health Finance Division comprises of three branches:
- Financial Accounting and Planning: Head of Service- Joe Welsh - provides accounting process and financial reporting across the Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy Portfolio:
- Internal Financial Performance: Head of Service- Julie McKinney - provides comprehensive financial performance assessment and intervention to programme budget holders within the Health Wellbeing and Cities Strategy portfolio
- External Financial Performance: Head of Service- Robert Peterson - provides comprehensive financial performance assessment and intervention to NHS Boards