Assignment Brief

As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Planning and Managing Resources Module assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of resource planning.
2. Understand the sources of funding, classification of costs and how these are formed into budgets.

3. Discuss the importance of effective resource management.
4. Explain the relationship between planning and management of resources and the performance of the individual, the team and the organisation.

Graduate Attributes

Professional skills – Perform effectively within the professional environment. Work within a team, demonstrating interpersonal skills such as effective listening, negotiating, persuading and presentation. Be flexible and adaptable to changes within the professional environment.

Maximum word count: 3,000 words

Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.

You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.

Assignment Task

This assignment is worth 100% of the total marks for the module.

Background Context:

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:

Assignment Questions

Question 1:

a) Discuss how you may utilise the concepts of resource planning to address the funding crisis in PHE, for the best service users’ outcome.
(25 marks) (750 words)

b) Analyse at least three different sources of funding you may explore in other to effectively deal with the funding crisis the PHE faces.
(25 marks)
(750 words)

(Total for Question 1- 1,500 words)
(50 marks)
(LOs 1 & 2)

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:
o what we are trying to do, o how we are going to do it and o 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.
(1,500 words)
(50 marks)
(LOs 3 & 4)

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.


Campbell, D., 2018. Chancellor’s budget boost to NHS frontline conceals £1bn cut. the Guardian. Available [online] at: [Accessed 1st May. 2019].

Formative Feedback

You have the opportunity to submit a draft assignment to receive formative feedback.

The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you develop your skills as an independent learner. If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work, by email, to your tutor, no later than 2 weeks before the actual submission deadline.


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