Apprentice Income & Costing Accountant

Countess of Chester Ho
Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
Competitive salary
03 May 2021
05 May 2021
Role Type
Start Date
At the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we pride ourselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. The Trust has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality patient care and is nationally accredited at the highest levels in many areas, in particular clinical outcomes and patient safety.

Our Vision for the Trust is to deliver NHS care locally that makes our staff and our community proud. We want our patients to be assured they will receive care as rapidly as possible in a first-class environment that is Safe, Kind and Effective.

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviours.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as colleagues with disabilities, and Black, Asian and Minority ethnic.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and we are keen to explore how new working practices that support flexible working and create a positive work-life balance can assist those from different backgrounds. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week

Apprentice Income & costing Accountant - Financial Management

Agenda for Change Band 5 (in accordance with annex 21)

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first 10 Foundation Trusts and has an enviable reputation for excellence and robust financial management. This modern, 600 bed hospital on the outskirts of the City of Chester, has a turnover of over £240 million and employs 4000 staff.

We are seeking an enthusiastic person to join the award-winning Finance Department working with our Income & Costing team. Due to the analytical nature of the role candidates will require both finance and informatics skills.

As this is an apprentice post the job holder will be required to work alongside the existing income and costing team and to develop skills, knowledge and experience in all aspects of NHS finance. This will be via on-the-job training and formal training sessions. The postholder will be required to attend regular meetings with the supervisor, assessor and attend training sessions leading to an Apprenticeship certificate in either AAT or a relevant professional qualification (CIMA/CIPFA) depending on the candidates degree and experience. This consists of a National Vocational Qualification, a technical certificate and key skills.

This job description is intended as a summary; therefore, as the roles vary, some of them may not require all of the tasks listed.

Reporting to the Costing and Performance Accountant, the post holder should have excellent communication and analytical skills as well as advanced experience in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint). Candidates will be required to support internal and external stakeholders with complex information and to assist management decisions. The role will require the successful applicant to be able to work as part of a team and independently as required.

The Countess of Chester has a culture of Continuous Improvement, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate commitment to this in their work as well as in their personal and professional development.

The Countess of Chester is an inclusive employer and wants to attract applications from diverse backgrounds and in particular from those that are currently under represented within the finance function such as men, people with disabilities, people of black or minority ethnicity, and individuals identifying as LGBTQ+.

Pay scales will be subject to Annex 21 of Agenda for Changes, the successful post holder will be required to meet pre-agreed objectives relating to their professional experience and qualifications to progress to the next pay point.

Year 1: £19,000

Year 2: £21,431

Year 3: £22,961

Closing Date is midnight Monday 9th May

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 17th May. Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft teams, please you test your connections prior to the interview.

Please see the attached job description for further information and if you require an informal discussion, please call Katie Clark on 01244 362504 or Gavin Rush on 01244 362194.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Gavin Rush Job title Costing & Performance Accountant

Email address

Telephone number: 01244 362194.

Additional contact information

If you require an informal discussion, please call Katie Clark on 01244 362504

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The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large district General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital. The Trust has almost 4,000 staff and provides a range of medical services to more than 445,000 patients per year from areas covering Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston and North Wales.

If subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975, then a disclosure submission will be made to the Disclosure & Barring service (formerly CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions. The cost of the DBS application is £28 (standard) or £45 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

The Trust will not fund applications for Work Permits and Further Leave to Remain. Those requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome & will be considered alongside all other applicants. However non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available, as the Trust is unlikely in this circumstance to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website

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