Our business case experts take the hassle out of producing detailed business cases. They work closely with our clients to produce a business case based on their specific brief and output requirements. As a result of this, we are proud to have an open and collaborative relationship with both our client and their wider project team.
What is a business case?
When it comes to rolling out strategic, high value and complex projects within the NHS, often involving estates solutions, a well-written business case is both essential in terms of ensuring best value use of NHS funding and also mandatory in relation to securing the necessary NHS approvals. The case should be presented in a well-structured and compliant format, presenting the information necessary to enable approval, authorisation and policy-making bodies to assess a project proposal and reach a reasoned decision.
An effective business case demonstrates reasoning for initiating a project, whilst appraising the benefit, cost and risk of alternative options. The conclusive element of a case should provide a rationale for the preferred solution and ultimately lead to a project’s subsequent approval and successful delivery.
There are a range of NHS guidance documents with a number of recommended standard formats for use in preparing business cases, depending on the level and complexity of project.
Why should I employ someone to help me write my business case?
Preparing a business case is a time-consuming and complicated process. It requires an individual with extensive knowledge of the healthcare and construction sectors, including co-ordination of the different roles required to input into the process.
Clarity is also required in relation to navigating the NHS governance and approval routes (both internal and external to any NHS Trust), together with ensuring full compliance with NHS requirements.
As with most roles within the NHS, an Estates manager may find it more beneficial to employ an expert to help produce their report from the preliminary stages to the detailed business case. This can help to ensure that the final outputs are clearly focused on the key (and approved) steps in progressing the project.
Check out our eight steps to an effective NHS business case here.
If you would like to speak to one of our experts, you can call us on 0800 883 0334 or fill in our contact form here.
Phil Harper - Head of Strategic Planning and Information - Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Projects Team Leader
Projects Team Leader
- Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- BSc Degree in Quantity Surveying
Mark has over 30 years’ experience in construction consultancy and is one of our Project Team Leaders. He has extensive healthcare experience through multi appointments with numerous NHS clients, developing a thorough understanding of the public sector client side estates management and project delivery role. Mark also focuses on strategic property advice, including estates strategies, business cases, feasibility / option appraisals, and continual process improvement and performance management.
Mark’s broad client side property strategy and project management experience includes; NHS / Hospitals, Private Healthcare, GP / Primary Care, HSBC Bank, Local Council (Education) and Lloyds Banking Group (formerly HBOS).