Business Case expertise to help unlock your project
A robust business case is vital for securing resources and gaining stakeholder buy-in for complex and large-scale change projects.
While business cases can be delivered in house, bringing in external support can be an effective way to not only supplement internal capacity, but also secure independent challenge from a ‘critical friend’ with experience of similar situations gained elsewhere.
At gbpartnerships consult, we have a large team with a track record of delivering successful business cases for NHS and Local Authority organisations.
This experience is underpinned by the Better Business Cases™ accreditation, a detailed knowledge of complex approval processes and relationships with approvers and approval bodies, to help throughout the process, providing credibility to the overall business case submission.
Read on to find out more, or contact the team to arrange an initial conversation about how we can help you.
Recent business case projects delivered by the team:
Strategic Outline Cases
Whitehill & Borden Community Hub, part of Healthy New Town Initiative (£10 million).
Outcome: SOC Approved
Hythe Primary Care Build Project (£10 million).
Outcome: SOC Approved
Fareham Community Hub (£8 million)
Outcome: SOC Approved
North Powys Multi Agency Campus Strategic Programme Business Case (£70+ million).
Outcome: delivered and awaiting approval.
Outline Business Cases
Wyre Forest Primary & Community Care New Build (£8 million) Outcome: Approved
Whitehill & Bordon Community Hub (£6 million)
Emsworth Primary Care Centre (£2 million)
Hartshill Primary Care Centre (£3 million) Outcome: Approved
Western Hospital (£30 million) Outcome: Approved
Bitterne Integrated Community Hub,Health, Library, Leisure (including. swimming pool) and Community (£35 million) – Outcome: Completed 2020
Worthing Integrated Care Centre (£25 million)
Outcome: Approved 2020
St Georges OBC: Outcome: Completed 2020
Full Business Cases
Wyre Forest Primary & Community Care New Build.
Emsworth Primary Care New Build. Outcome: Approved
Hythe Primary Care New Build. Outcome: Approved
Expert Better Business Cases™ Practitioners
Our experience in delivering successful business cases is underpinned by the Better Business Cases™ (BBC) accreditation.
This is a systematic and objective approach to all stages of the business case development process. 11 members of the gbpartnerships consult team hold either the Foundation or Practitioner level of the BBC accreditation.
The Better Business Cases course is based on The Five Case Model, which is accepted best practice and embedded within the latest HM Treasury’s Green Book guidance (Central Government Guidance on appraisal and evaluation), being the UK government’s approach to planning spending proposals and enabling effective business decisions.
The Five Case Model provides decision makers and stakeholders with a proven framework for structured ‘thinking’ and assurance.
Stages of a Business Case
Unlocking the transformation of Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital
The redevelopment of the Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital is recognised nationally as one of nine NHS Property Services (NHSPS) legacy projects and is a priority project for the local South West Hampshire Delivery System. The existing hospital comprises of two buildings: the old hospital and an adjoining medical centre.
gbpartnerships consult, commissioned through Hampshire LIFT, were able to help unlock the project, developing a comprehensive Full Business Case (FBC) within tight timescales.
The gbpartnerships manage team will continue to provide support to NHS Property Services with project management of the design and construction work required to deliver the project.
Focus on Improving Outcomes
We genuinely care about delivering quality advice and support that enables the local system to move forward and improve outcomes for patients and citizens.
In the last 3 years, the gbpartnerships consult team has successfully delivered 14 strategic, outline and full business cases. (see project examples listed below).
Many of these business case projects were across multiple public sector partners, i.e. One Public Estate
(OPE - health, care, leisure, library, housing, social care, primary education, voluntary sector, etc), focused on delivering integrated health, care and community solutions.
Expert Communication & Engagement Skills
We work with you to understand your organisation’s context and critical success factors, applying a methodical approach to arrive at the right answer. Bringing your stakeholders along with the process.
Our excellent engagement and communication skills have been honed through the delivery of over 35 workshops, managing on average 8 to 15 external stakeholder relationships per business case.
COVID-19 didn’t slow us down, and the team continued to successfully deliver virtual meetings, stakeholder interviews and workshops using video conferencing & online tools.
Historically, business cases can be well over 100 pages. However, based on HM Treasury Green Book guidance, it may be possible to reduce the length, delivering more useable, high level documents for review and approval.
This ‘short form’ approach is particularly useful for relatively small projects and may also shorten approval timeframes.
This is not about cutting corners, with all the work required to support and evidence your business case still being undertaken. It is about delivering a concise, user friendly report, with sufficient detail, ensuring everything is there for the approval of the case, as efficiently as possible.
Your Guide to Building a Business Case
In this new guide - developed with the support of the gbpartnerships consult team - NHS Property Services have outlined the key steps and considerations behind building a successful business case, from setting the strategy, to determining the affordability, to exploring impact on management.
Download Your Guide to Building a Business Case here: www.property.nhs.uk/media/3656/customer-guide-to-building-a-business-case.pdf
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