INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT AND HEALTHCARE. External Audit: Annual Audit Letter 2006-07. West London Mental Health NHS Trust FINAL – 28 August 2007. AUDIT. Content. The contacts at KPMG in connection with this report are:
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The key findings from this work are summarised below:
During 2006-07 you met four of your five statutory and administrative financial targets. Your performance against the Better Payments Practice Code is continuing to improve. However, you still have significant work to ensure that you achieve this target, especially in respect of the non-NHS Creditors payment target. This needs to be balanced against maintaining your cash levels and ensuring you continue to streamline your procedures over the processing of invoices across both your Ealing and Broadmoor sites so that inefficiencies in processes do not impact on your target.
Challenges for 2007-08
You are facing another particularly challenging year ahead, with a forecast surplus of £2.4m projected. You have already identified key cost pressures in respect of the West London Forensic Services Division, Ealing Adult Acute services and the Cassel Service and it is important that you continue to identify efficiencies and develop recurrent action plans to address these pressures. As at the end of June 2007, you were reporting an underspend against your budget of £503k. Whilst this represents a favourable position, this is £90k behind your projection for the same period.
To ensure you remain in recurrent financial balance, you need to prioritise your expenditure and continue to develop your processes over the identification of efficiencies, for example through internal and external benchmarking of your services. You need to continue to ensure you have put in place robust monitoring of your performance against budget to ensure that cost pressures are identified as soon as they arise and action plans are developed to mitigate the risk.
This appendix summarises the main recommendations that we have identified during the 2006-07 year, along with your response to them. The detail of the recommendations have been communicated to you during the year.