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.
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.
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the
module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant;
and a reference list in Arden University (AU) Harvard format. You should address all
the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the
assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
Maximum word count: 3000 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.
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Level 4 Assignment Task: Report
There are TWO questions set for this assignment. The case scenario below must be
used in answering all questions. Question 1 of the report is allocated 35% of the
total marks, while Question 2 is allocated the remaining 65% of the total grade.
About 40,000 nursing posts are now vacant in the NHS in England as the service
heads for the worst recruitment crisis in its history, according to new official data.
Responses to Freedom of Information requests submitted to trusts by the Royal
College of Nursing (RCN) show that one in nine posts are now unfilled – double the
level in 2013.
Data obtained by the RCN also suggests that fewer care providers are now
employing registered nurses, raising new fears over patient safety. It is believed by
many that the government policy of capping pay increases at 1% a year was also
driving nurses out of the profession. More so, the Tory government’s approach to
BREXIT was also adding to the recruitment difficulties. In fact, some 7% of nurses
and health visitors – that is, about 22,000 – majority of who are from the European
Union (EU) are said to have signalled their intention to leave or have already left
Britain since the BREXIT vote. Many believe that the reason for this is because of
the government’s failure to guarantee the EU citizens complete rights rather than a
[ For the full case scenario, see the following reference:
Helm, T., 2017. Recruitment crisis hits NHS with one in nine posts currently vacant.
[online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may
/13/royal-college-nursing-nhs-recruitment-crisis [Accessed 25 Nov. 2017].
You have been newly employed as the director of the human resources department
of a North-East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). As part of your
responsibilities, you have been tasked with devising a recruitment strategy to address
the staff shortage that the Trust is facing. In this vein, your board has asked you to
first consider the impact of BREXIT and the recent austerity drive by the government
on healthcare funding, and staff recruitment and retention on the trust.
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Based on this case scenario, attempt the following task:
Question 1: (1,000 words – 35% of the total marks)
a) Discuss how you may utilise the concepts of resource planning to address the
staff shortages at NELFT, for the best service users’ outcome.
b) Briefly describe three different sources of funds that might be accessed to
resolve the healthcare funding crisis faced by the NELFT.
Key aspects to include in this part of your report (question 1) 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
changing 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 budgeting skills.
• Support your report with appropriate and properly cited academic references
with a reference list.
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