Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare is the second largest provider of private healthcare in the UK with 38 hospitals employing 7,600 staff and treating 930,000 patients each year.

Spire Healthcare offers treatment for private patients, funded by health insurance, those choosing to self-pay and NHS patients under the government's Free Choice system. The hospitals provide a wide range of services, from diagnostic and routine investigations, to more complex surgery. Spire's commitment is to clinical excellence, patient safety, customer service and infection control.

Harcourt Matthews have supported both group finance and hospitals resource & recruit, supplying people UK wide in the Accounting & Finance arena.

Spire Healthcare was a key division of the BUPA group, with c25 UK hospitals, these hospitals were nationwide and locations included Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Harpenden, Ilford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Norwich, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Southend, Tonbridge, Wirral & Warrington.

An internal review of the Commercial Finance and Transactions Shared Services communities identified the need to leverage higher calibre and quality of operationally focused finance specialists and senior clerical accounting support staff that reflected the redesigned business. Key objectives included:

- Replacement of those individuals leaving the organisation
- Development of a commercially focused, operational, business management accounting function
- Additional development of a customer focused clerical accounting support function in Reading
- Rationalisation of teams and the recruitment of more business minded Regional Financial Controllers, Hospital Finance Managers and senior clerical accounting support staff, raising the quality of work delivered in each hospital.


Internal reviews of existing and new business identified the need to leverage higher calibre and quality staff for head office and commercial projects. The Group MD and the CFO sought to make step changes in the level and capability of the team and at the same time reduce the number of temporary staff within the whole business community in Harlow and the rest of the UK.

Several key objectives were highlighted, including:

- Development & replenishment of the existing teams and the increase in depth of capability & calibre of individuals within the businesses, which have under gone rapid growth and business transformation
- Identifying commercially and technically focused individuals to evolve best practice in Accounting & Finance, specifically in planning & analysis, forecasting, reporting commercial financial control and Accounting IT systems.


Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

- Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations
- Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market
- Advertising on several job boards
- Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)
- Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach
- Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief.


This has resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and Procurement, HR and Contract Managers and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business.

Jobs supported & recruited for include: Interim, temporary & permanent

Commercial Finance Manager
Financial Analyst
Finance Manager - Birmingham & Solihull & Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Finance Manager - Edinburgh, Scotland 
Finance Manager - Harpenden & Bushey (Watford), Hertfordshire
Finance Manager - Leeds, West Yorkshire
Finance Manager - Leicester
Finance Manager - Liverpool & Wirral, Merseyside
Finance Manager - London 
Finance Manager - Manchester & Macclesfield & Warrington, Cheshire
Finance Manager - Norwich, Norfolk & Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Finance Manager - Portsmouth, Havant, Hampshire
Finance Manager - Reading, Berkshire & Slough, Buckinghamshire & Farnham, Surrey
Finance Manager - Southampton, Hampshire 
Finance Manager - Brentwood, Redbridge (Ilford), Southend On Sea, Essex
Finance Manager - Chatham, Hythe & Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Finance Manager - Wirral & Warrington
Operational Auditor Manager
Operational Financial Controller
Operations Business Analyst
Operations Finance Analyst
Operations Finance Manager
Project Analyst
Regional Commercial Financial Controller
Senior Financial Analyst Projects
Senior Finance Analyst
Senior Management Accountant