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.

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Module Code: HEA4207
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

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 programme?

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?

Study will be attendance based at our Ormskirk campus.

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

February 2022

Venue: TBC

Starts: Tue 22nd Feb 2022

Session Times:
  • Tuesday 22nd February 2022, 9am-4pm (on campus attendance)
  • Tuesday 8th March 2022, 9am-4pm (on campus attendance)
  • Tuesday 15th March 2022, 9am-4pm (online)
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 9am-4pm (online)
  • Tuesday 29th March 2022, 9am-4pm (online)
  • Tuesday 26th April 2022, 9am-4pm (online)
  • Assignment submission deadline: 31st May 2022, 4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    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.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    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].


  • MSc Leadership Development