What we spend/how

Here you'll find all of the Trust's financial information relating to projected and actual income, expenditure, procurement, contracts and external audit.

Please note that the Annual Accounts are included within our Annual Report each year and can be accessed here.

Expenditure information above £25,000
Annual audit letter
Capital budget plans for the Trust

Procurement and tendering procedures
in the Trust's Standing Financial Instructions

 Contracts currently being tendered/awarded

  • To follow

Staff and Board members' allowances and expenses

Standing Financial Instructions
Standing Orders

Annual Accounts

The Director of Finance on behalf of NEAS will:

  • Prepare financial returns in accordance with the accounting policies and guidance given by the Department of Health and the Treasury, the NEAS accounting policies, and generally accepted accounting practice.
  • Prepare and submit annual financial reports to the Department of Health certified in accordance with current guidelines.
  • Submit financial returns to the Department of Health for each financial year in accordance with the timetable prescribed by the Department of Health.  
  • The NEAS annual accounts must be audited by an auditor appointed by the Council of Governors. The NEAS audited annual accounts must be presented to a public meeting and made available to the public.

Staff pay and grading structures

As with other NHS organisations, NEAS has a single pay system in operation, known as 'Agenda for Change'.  It applies to all directly employed NHS Staff with the exception of doctors, dentists and some very senior managers. This means that everyone doing the same job is on the same pay scale. National pay scales can be found here.

There are three core elements that make-up Agenda for Change: 

  1. Job evaluation
  2. Harmonised terms and conditions
  3. The Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)

Together, these tools have dramatically simplified the process of designing new ways of working and the establishment of extended roles. Agenda for Change provides NHS organisations with the necessary tools to enable them to deliver the workforce changes that are needed in order to successfully implement current policy, and achieve large scale system reform.

Most staff within NEAS are operationally based and details of salary bandings are set out below:

Pay BandJob Role
5 Paramedic
5

Ambulance Technician Capped at SCP20 - Technicians
cannot progress any further than this unless they
become a paramedic

3 Patient Transport Non Emergency
2 Patient Transport Non Emergency
3 Emergency/Contact Centre staff
7 Senior Managers
8(a-d) Senior Managers

Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors are remunerated outside of the Agenda for Change pay bandings. Further details on salaries / benefits and the basis for remuneration are published in the Trust's Annual Report (Remuneration Report section).

National Fraud Initiative

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this authority contact: Paul Bevan, Local Counter Fraud Specialist on 0191 5699665 or 07990 587246.

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