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Developing a Business Case for Change and Innovation HEA4207


The module vision is to develop leaders/managers who are able to: understand the drivers for change, support their ideas with a clear rationale and evidence-base, explore the feasibility and viability of projects, act as team project leads and work across traditional boundaries. This will require an understanding of simple health economics, project planning, evaluation methodologies and delivering effective cases for change.

Module code:HEA4207
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£940 for 2023/24 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email.  Any queries on fees to [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

This module is core to the Leadership and Management pathways. It is applicable to clinicians and non-clinicians (within Health and Social Care) wanting to further their managerial scope and knowledge, in delivering quality Health and Social Care. There are no prerequisites required for this module.

What are the key aims of the module?

Appraise the rationale, evidence-base and drivers for change and how they impact on a business case for change and/or innovation within Health and Social care.

Explore the feasibility, viability, potential benefits and risks of a case for change/innovation within Health and Social Care.

Demonstrate conceptual analysis of the communication, implementation, monitoring and evaluation strategies associated with a case for change within Health and Social Care.

How will I study?

Mode of delivery: Blended learning based on a hybrid Model.
This module will be delivered through blended learning based on a hybrid model. A hybrid model is ‘an educational approach where some individuals participate in-person and some participate online synchronously (at the same time).’ The tutor(s) deliver sessions and teach remote and in-person learners synchronously using appropriate technology, meaning that the students are taught together in ‘real time’. This means some of your teaching sessions will be delivered in-person and some are online synchronous delivery. If you are unable to attend in-person, with your Module Leader’s permission, you can attend the in-person teaching session, online synchronously.

What will I study?

  • Macro and micro drivers for change within Health and Social care.
  • Health Economics – ‘big’ picture and use of data.
  • Change analysis tools, operational analysis.
  • Project rationale, vision and project strategic ‘fit’, scoping, risk analysis.
  • Stakeholder analysis, communication, influence and engagement strategies.
  • Project feasibility and viability: cost/benefit analysis/options appraisal.
  • Project management: implementation, monitoring and evaluation methodologies/strategies.
  • Business cases, metrics, key performance indicators.

How will I be assessed?

A 4000 word (indicative) report outlining a business case for change/innovation within Health and Social Care.

On successful completion you will:

You will be able to undertake analysis to inform and design an idea for change/innovation within Health and Social Care; you will be able to develop that idea into a coherent, evidenced-based proposal. Upon completion of the module, you’ll be familiar with the key stages of project implementation, and to be able to formulate strategies to evaluate projects effectively. In short, this module provides you with the knowledge and skills to progress a case for change through the whole change cycle.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 21 February 2023

Session times:

  • Tuesday 21 February 2023, 9am - 4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)
  • Tuesday 7 March 2023, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 14 March 2023, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 21 March 2023, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 28 March 2023, 9am-4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)
  • Tuesday 25 April 2023, 9am-4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)
Final assessment date Tuesday 30 May 2023


Starts: Tuesday 20 February 2024

Session times:

  • Tuesday 20 February 2024, 9am - 4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 19 March 2024, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024, 9am-4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024, 9am-4pm, face to face (Ormskirk)

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator Dr Joy Gana-Inatimi ([email protected]).

Alternatively, you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].