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Accounting and reporting developments an auditor s perspective

Accounting and Reporting Developments An Auditor's Perspective


What am i covering today

What am I covering today?

  • Accounting developments

  • Sector developments

  • Recurring themes

  • CCG update

  • Audit Committee role on Governance


Accounting and reporting developments an auditor s perspective

Accounting DevelopmentsNo major new accounting standards Exemption from applying IAS 27 no longer applies to NHS charities Modified absorption accounting Accounting arrangements for CCGs


Ias 27 consolidated and separate financial statements

IAS 27 Consolidated and separate financial statements

Controlled:

  • power to govern

    AND

  • benefit from activities


Is it material

Is it material?

  • Size

  • Nature

  • Context

    What could make a charity material from a qualitative point of view?


What would consolidation mean for you

What would consolidation mean for you ?

  • Although there are some technical issues to overcome on consolidation these are not expected to cause difficulties

  • Finance Dept capacity is probably biggest threat

  • No change on single entity statements and trusts will not be assessed on consolidated results

  • Audit Committee will need to review audit findings report on results of charity


Absorption accounting

Absorption accounting

  • Applies to Transfer of Functions within the NHS

  • For 2013/14 will affect

    • residual transfers under Transforming Community Services

    • transfers to provider trusts from PCTs

    • in year mergers

  • Separate rules for CCGs


Absorption accounting1

Absorption accounting


Property plant and equipment

Property, plant and equipment

  • Transfer at existing book value

  • Consider valuation and impairment on receipt

  • Valuation 31 March 2014


Nhse proposals for ccgs

NHSE Proposals for CCGs

  • Disaggregation between CCGs not possible but Transfer Orders still remain valid

    • only PPE and related balances transfer

    • other balances (including continuing care provisions) accounted for by NHSE

  • Clarification required for

    • partially completed spells at year end

    • accounting from 1 April 2014


Sector developments changes under health and social care act maternity pathways

Sector DevelopmentsChanges under Health and Social Care Act Maternity pathways


Maternity services

Maternity Services

  • CCG pay in full for each pathway as it commences

  • Matters to resolve

    • arrangements for patients being treated on 1 April 2013

    • value of work still to be performed at year end

  • Accounting implications

    • provider trusts?

    • CCGs?


Accounting and reporting developments an auditor s perspective

Recurring Themes Judgements and estimatesFinancial resilience and going concernAgreement of balances Income / expenditure recognition Remuneration disclosures


Critical judgments and estimates

Critical judgments and estimates


Critical judgments and major estimates

Critical judgments and major estimates


Going concern and financial resilience

Going concern and financial resilience

  • Is the going concern basis appropriate?

    • do you have assurance over cash flows?

    • has support been confirmed where necessary?

  • Are any material uncertainties adequately disclosed?


Evidence

Evidence

  • Short and medium term budgets

  • Short and medium term cash flow forecasts

  • Agreed contracts

  • Recent reports from regulatory bodies


Agreement of balances

Agreement of balances

  • Continues to be a difficult area

  • Establishing arrangements with CCGs

  • Treatment of legacy balances from PCTs

  • Is reporting consistent with your knowledge of contract performance and disputes?

  • Do you understand reasons for material reported differences?


Income expenditure recognition

Income / expenditure recognition

  • Provider trusts recognise significant deferred income which isn't matched by commissioners

  • Do you understand, and agree with, judgements taken in respect of

    • income recognition by providers

    • expenditure recognition by commissioners


Remuneration disclosures

Remuneration disclosures

  • Remuneration Report disclosures continue to be a sensitive area

  • Key areas

    • Senior Manager Pay

    • Pay Multiples

    • Severance Pay

    • Off payroll payments


Accounting and reporting developments an auditor s perspective

CCG Update Accounts Direction and Annual Reporting Guidance Working with Service OrganisationsGoverning Body


Accounts direction and annual reporting guidance

Accounts Direction and Annual Reporting Guidance

  • Formal Accounts Direction required to confirm

    • relative status of Guidance against NHS MfA

    • approach to legacy balances

  • No date announced for publication of the final Accounts Direction or ARG

    • very long with considerable duplication

    • sections on Annual Report and Governance are confusing


Governance statements for ccgs

Governance Statements for CCGs

  • NHSE provide template format which covers 1 April 2013 to date accounts signed

  • Key issues to consider

    • are processes adequately disclosed?

    • level of assurance?

    • significance of weaknesses?


When do you need a service organisation report

When do you need a Service Organisation report?

  • Determine whether you are dependent on controls operated by a third party

  • Consider extent of reliance on

    • Commissioning Support Units (CSUs)

    • Shared Business Services (SBS)

    • Electronic Staff Records (ESR)


What should you do

What should you do?

  • Assess quality of assurance taking into account

    • controls operated by entity

    • whether identified controls are considered appropriate

    • items highlighted in service organisation report

    • response by management to any such matters

  • Consider implications for Governance Report

  • Consider external audit findings


Governing body

Governing Body

  • Have arrangements been made for Governing Body to approve the Annual Report and Accounts?

  • What assurance are they seeking from Audit Committee?


Role of audit committees on final annual report and accounts

Role of Audit Committees on final Annual Report and Accounts


What should you do now

What should you do now?

  • How did it work last year?

    • any unpleasant surprises?

    • what would you want done differently?

  • Do you understand key risks raised by auditors?

  • Have you been briefed on major risk areas?

  • Have you agreed timetable?


Final audit committee

Final Audit Committee

  • Are you happy with assurance over

    • Accounts

    • Quality Accounts

    • Governance Statement

    • Annual Report including Remuneration Report

  • Are accounts consistent with in year expectations?

  • Response to external auditors report and in particular response on "unadjusted audit errors"


Where do you get assurance over governance

Where do you get assurance over Governance?

  • Service organisation reports (where applicable)

  • Head of internal audit

  • Board Assurance Framework

  • Clinical Audit

  • External audit progress reports

  • Accountable officer

  • Audit and other Committees


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