Our budget and how we spend it
The financial performance of all NHS trusts is reviewed annually
against a range of statutory duties and performance targets. SECAmb
has again been successful in achieving all of the key financial
duties and targets.
SECAmb's total income for 2012/13 was £174.2
million; this exceeded 2011/12 income levels by £4.0 million
85% of this income is from one key A&E
service level agreement (SLA) with the region’s Primary Care Trusts
which totals £147.9 million. Income from 10 individual PTS SLAs to
provide non-emergency patient transport services to take patients
to and from NHS facilities for treatment was the Trust’s second
largest source of income in 2012/13. These SLAs generated income
totalling £13.3 million and were all agreed with PCTs, hospital and
mental health trusts throughout the South East Coast region.
The diagram above shows how the Trust spent
its money during 2012/2013.
As it indicates, the principal element of our
expenditure is staff pay; the Trust employs over 3000 staff, of
these staff, around 74% are employed directly in delivering patient
care. Transport costs encompassing all the related vehicle costs,
also form a key element of the Trust’s spend, as do clinical
supplies including the provision of service from external providers
and the consumables required to meet the needs of patients.
The Trust operated out of 52 ambulance
stations, 47 Ambulance Community Respone Posts (ACRPs), five
Make Ready centres plus three Emergency Operations Centres,
workshops and other staff accommodation. Along with the related IT
infrastructure and the administration of a 24/7 service with the
most modern, effective, up to date hardware, also leads to
significant estate spend.
The other costs figure includes:
- Spend on Research and Development, Training
and Innovation - key for an organisation that values education and
innovation as a key objective
- Maintenance, technical and logistical support
required to deliver services (this element also includes costs
associated with running the day to day functions of the Trust)
- Other annual provisions including
dilapidations and impairments. Financing costs include
depreciation, interest payable and Public Dividend payable.
Following recent guidance issued by HM
Treasury each month we will be publishing details of any
spending on single items over £25,000 - go to Single spends over £25,000.