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Finance Assistant


Finance Staff ensure that our budgets are spent wisely and for the benefit of our patients.

Job roles have different titles. Some titles reflect the type of job and the level, for example:

  • accounts assistant or accounts payable clerk
  • ledger controller
  • finance officer or procurement officer
  • finance clerk or finance assistant
  • accounting technician or management accountant
  • financial analyst
  • payroll manager, finance director or head of finance


Finance Assistants need to be:

  • interested in figures and money
  • accurate and methodical
  • honest
  • able to work to deadlines
  • able to follow instructions and procedures
  • willing to use IT-based system

You will also need good numeracy, IT and organisational skills.


You can enter as a trainee and study while you work, take a relevant finance qualification and then apply to join the health and care sector.

Finance Assistants in the health and care sector will usually work towards a finance-related qualification. You usually need at least 2 GCSEs including English and maths, or equivalent. Employers may also ask for IT skills. They may expect some customer service or office experience. You can also do an apprenticeship in finance.

If you join the sector with a finance qualification, this could be one with no set entry requirements such as an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Certificate or Diploma.

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