Finance Business Partnering In Social Care Services


Event summary

This event explores the skills and behaviours necessary to be an excellent finance business partner in social care services. Building on CIPFA’s track record of professional development in finance business partnering, we will focus on both adult and children’s social care. This event will be focused on practical examples and real-life challenges to make prospective and current finance business partners more effective in their roles.


21 May 2024
Starts: 13:00
Ends: 16:00



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£185.00 excl VAT

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About this event

In demand-led services such as adult and children’s social care, the finance business partner plays a critical role. CIPFA has long stressed the importance of finance business partnering in effective financial management. In this event we hone in on social care services. After first setting out the role of the finance business partner and discussing the most important issues facing adult and children’s social care, we will hear from two finance business partners about real-life challenges they have experienced in their roles. By bringing adult and children’s social care professionals together, we will learn about the similarities and differences, and take learning from one another to bring back to our organisations. Now more than ever, we need effective finance business partners in social care, and this half-day event will make you more effective in your role.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at a broad range of people interested in finance business partnering in social care services. The event is designed to be engaging to both people who are interested in a career in a finance business partnering, and current finance business partners seeking personal development and looking to learn from best practice.

How will you benefit from attending?

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of the finance business partner in social care services.
  • Understand the skills and behaviours necessary to be a successful finance business partner in social care services.
  • Understand the main issues affecting children’s and adult social care today.
  • Learn from practitioners about how they overcame challenges they experienced in their role as a finance business partner in social care.
  • Understand the differences and similarities between finance business partnering in adult social care and children’s services.
  • Learn how approaches to finance business partnering in adult social care can inform finance business partnering in children’s social care, and vice versa.
  • Learn from practical examples and case studies of what finance business partners can do to improve services in their organisations.

CPD hours

A total of three hours.


  • Childrens services
  • / Financial management
  • / Leadership
  • / Local government
  • / Professional development
  • / Shared services

Speaker - Dr William Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor

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William is CIPFA’s social care policy voice, and he runs the Social Care Network. His work focuses on social care reform, and he has produced thought leadership in the areas of charging reform, children’s social care reform, Scotland’s National Care Service, and social care funding. Before joining CIPFA, he was Social Care Finance Lead at the Scottish Government where he was involved in costing a range of social care reform policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and started studying accountancy during the final stages of his PhD.

Speaker - Clare Sandland

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I have worked in Local Government Finance since 2003, when I started my career as an AAT apprentice, progressing to completing my CIPFA qualification in 2009. I have spent some of my career within Corporate Finance, both as an apprentice and as Strategic Finance Manager leading Financial Planning, Capital Financing, Financial Systems, the Production of the Statement of Accounts and the External Audit process. However, the largest proportion of my career has been spent supporting Children’s Services. I’m an experienced Children’s Services Finance Business Partner, and I have also worked across two LA’s on the establishment and ongoing operational management of a Children’s Trust delivery arrangement. My new role is that of Assistant Director of Finance for Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Speaker - William House, Strategic Finance Business Partner for Adults, Wellbeing and Health Partnerships

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Wil began studying CIPFA in 2004 through a graduate training programme operated by the London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Hackney and the Metropolitan Police Service. After working in a range of different finance areas spanning both corporate finance and finance business partnering functions across all 3 organisation, he qualified in 2007 and took up a management accountant role working with the LB of Islington’s Environment & Infrastructure department. In 2010 Wil moved to Surrey County Council and has worked in a number of finance business partnering roles for this large county, mostly focused on Adult Social Care. Wil is currently the lead Strategic Finance Business Partner working with Adult Social Care, Public Health and Communities & Prevention services at the Surrey. He also plays a lead role in the South East Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) resource network and is actively involved in national Adult Social Care policy work through the LGA, CIPFA and central government.

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