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Very! And I have supported it in every place I've worked - and I haven’t just worked in the NHS. I think it’s at two levels. Firstly, there is something about ensuring that finance staff have the best skills and capabilities to do what the job requires them to do. Then I think there is something about ensuring that those people who have got the responsibility for the use of resources understand sufficiently the implications of how they deploy them.
It feels to me that finance staff training builds professionalism and awareness. That's one of the reasons, certainly in health, why I thought it was the right thing to do for the major finance leaders of the sectors that we now have in the NHS to come together as a concordat to build the Future Focused Finance programme. It is trying to address all those things - getting capability, skill and understanding.