FINANCE: Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust saw its surplus drop by £0.6m to £3.3m in February – but it is still well above the plan of £1.3m.

The year end position was forecast to be between £3m and £4m.

However, the February position includes £0.7m of donated assets and the release of £1.8m in centrally held budgets – the trust is slightly behind plan if these are excluded. The trust is over-performing on contracted patient numbers in many areas, including accident and emergency, day cases and elective.