Assignment Task This assignment is worth 100% of the total marks for the module.
Public health services and, the education and training of nurses and doctors will be cut by £1bn next year as part of the government’s plan to boost the NHS’s budget by £20bn by 2023, it has emerged. Assume that you have been newly employed as the director of the finance department of Public Health England (PHE). As part of your responsibilities, you have been tasked with devising a strategy to address the funding crisis the Public Health services will be facing until the year 2023. Based on the scenario above, attempt all questions below:
a) Discuss how you may utilise the concepts of resource planning to address the funding crisis in PHE, for the best service users’ outcome. (750 words)
b) Analyse at least three different sources of funding you may explore in order to effectively deal with the funding crisis the PHE faces. (750 words)
Key aspects to consider in this part of your report are:
• An understanding of the concepts of resource planning. • Reference to the environment in which health and social care operates • The importance of effective planning that takes into consideration: – what we are trying to do, – how we are going to do it and -what we will need in order to achieve it. • The need for a systematic process of business planning for examining an organisation and its environment in order to best allocate resources to meet service demand in the most appropriate way. • The importance of the ‘third sector’ or voluntary sector/community sector (also non-profit sector or ‘not-for-profit’ sector). • Effective resource management and good budgeting skills
Question 2: Discuss the role of project management and how it could contribute to the effective resources management process in relation to short-, medium- and long-term funding requirements in PHE (1,200 words).
Key aspects to consider in this part of your report are: • Resources are central to the management process: they have a limited supply but are the means to attain goals and meet demands for individuals and for families in a broader society. • Discuss the role of project management in effective resources management • Explain the relationship between planning and management of resources and the performance of the individual, the team and the organisation. • Discuss accountability and responsibility in relation to the appropriate use of resources. • Budgetary restrictions in the current fiscal climate. • Explain financial risk. • Identify the factors that can influence the decision-making process when managing healthcare funding. Reference: Campbell, D., 2018. Chancellor’s budget boost to NHS frontline conceals £1bn cut. the Guardian. Available [online] at: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/30/chancellors-budget-boos