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.
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:
- Job evaluation
- Harmonised terms and conditions
- 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 Band||Job Role|
Ambulance Technician Capped at SCP20 - Technicians
cannot progress any further than this unless they
become a paramedic
||Patient Transport Non Emergency
||Patient Transport Non Emergency
||Emergency/Contact Centre staff
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).
Trade Union facility time
The Trade Union (Facility time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 took effect on 1 April 2017 and requires employers, to publish certain information on trade union officials and facility time on their website.
NHS employers are subject to the new rules if they have at least one employee who is a trade union official, a trade union learning representative or a safety representative.
Facility time covers duties carried out for a Trade Union or as a learning representative, for example, accompanying an employee to a disciplinary hearing or grievance meeting. It also covers training carried out under the Health and Safety at work Act 1974.
The Regulations require the following information to be published:
- The number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period, and the number of full time equivalent employees
- The percentage of time spent on facility time for each relevant union official
- The percentage of the pay bill spent on facility time
- The number of hours spent by relevant union officials on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours
This information is available to view here
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.