You are a Senior Health Manager working in a public or private healthcare delivery setting (or facility) where service delivery predominantly focusses on curative care.

Assignment 1 has a word limit of 3300 words and it is worth 50%. For submission date, please refer to the unit outline.

The assignment is intended to take the form of a scenario based Change Management Plan.

For the purpose of this proposal, choose one of the two scenarios

  1. You are a Senior Health Manager working in a public or private healthcare delivery setting (or facility) where service delivery predominantly focusses on curative care. In the context of increased debates on management of chronic and non-communicable diseases, you have received an extra allocated funding to improve the delivery of healthcare services in your healthcare setting moving away from a predominantly curative focus to an integrated (curative and preventive) healthcare services delivery model.

Or

  1. You are a Senior Health Manager working in a rural Health Service. You have received an extra allocated funding to improve your health service moving away from acute care to a Primary Health Care Model.

As a health service manager, you are responsible for writing a change management plan addressing the following;

  • A clearly defined context of change – a brief description of the organizational setting being considered which could be your work place or organization whose context you are well conversant with.
  • A clearly defined need for the change i.e. problems and issues needing change or improvement; importance of considering change for these problems and issues
  • A clearly defined intended change (type of change and what needs to be changed)
  • Map the process of change which you will employ and outline how you will manage the change process as well as resistance to change
  • Resources required for the change and how you will mobilize them i.e. how you will use the allocated funding and existing human resource (personnel) to implement the change plan.
  • Techniques which you will use for sustaining the change and stimulating innovation

 

You will need to draw on theoretical concepts around change management; functions and roles of a health services manager; health services organizations, external environment and any other theoretical concepts relevant to you change management proposal

Also draw on your experience and knowledge of how to write and present a proposal i.e. cover page indicating the title and who the proposal will be submitted to.

Take time to understand Integrated Health Care and Primary Health Care models of care for you to be able to clearly define and justify the needed change.

Use of clear examples from the context which you are referring to for this assignment is critical to demonstrate your understanding and application of management theoretical concepts.

Marking Guide-Essay

OBJECTIVE0%20%50%70%100%WeightMark Awarded
Introduction: clearly defines the topic and purposeNo introduction providedPoor formation of introduction. Poor academic language or use of casual languageTopic discussed or aims stated. Good language usedTopic discussed or aims stated. Good language usedTopic & purpose clearly defined. Aims outlined. Clear academic language used2
The introduction identifies the framework and structure (these can be informed by guidelines for the assignment or relevant theories for the topic being consideredNo framework for framing the planNo structure outlinedFramework and structure outlined in the introduction but;1.       do not relate with the main discussion and arguments or

2.       are not used  for framing the main discussion/body

Framework and structure outlined in the introduction and are related with the main discussion but do not frame the structure of the discussion or vice versaFramework and structure outlined in the introduction; are related with the main discussion and used for framing the structure of the discussionUses creativity in framing and structuring of the essay i.e. use of a work based scenarios as examples and conceptual frameworks7
The student demonstrates a clear understanding of the topic area, context and issues being analyzed No evidence of knowledge of the topic and contextMinimal evidence of knowledge of the topic area and context of issues being analyzedConsiderable evidence of knowledge of the topic and context of issues being analyzedSignificant evidence of knowledge of the topic and context of issues being analyzedDemonstrates an outstanding level of knowledge for the topic area and context of issues being analyzed10
Appropriate and clear use of relevant concepts and theoriesrelevant theory and concepts are explained clearly and applied critically in analysis of an experience in a specific contextNo theoretical concepts usedTheoretical concepts mentioned but not explained or usedTheoretical concepts clearly explained but not used appropriatelyTheoretical concepts and conceptual frameworks  explained  and used appropriatelyTheoretical concepts and conceptual frameworks explained and used appropriatelyExceptional application of theories in the analysis with clear examples20
Argument development: Idea development is logical and orderly, presenting a cohesive argumentThe argument is not clear and not presented in a logical orderHas provided limited argument development with significant sections which are incoherentThe argument is clear/coherent but not in logical orderHas addressed the purpose of the assignment coherently and with some attempt to demonstrate imaginationHas addressed the purpose of the assignment comprehensively and imaginatively in an academic manner20
There is evidence of critical thinking, indicating an ability in analysis and interpretationCritical ThoughtEither no evidence of literature being consulted or irrelevant to the assignment setLiterature is presented uncritically, in a purely descriptive way and indicates limitations of understandingClear evidence and application of readings relevant to the subject; uses indicative texts identifiedAble to critically appraise the literature and theory gained from  variety of sources, developing own ideas in the processHas developed and justified using own ideas based on a wide range of sources which have been thoroughly analyzed, applied and discussed15
Academic WritingMeaning unclear and/or grammar and/or spelling contain frequent errorsMeaning apparent, but language not always fluent (i.e. casual). Grammar and/or spelling contain errorsLanguage mainly fluent Grammar and spelling mainly accurateLanguage fluent. Grammar and spelling accurateHigh academic writing style appropriate to document. Grammar and spelling accurate.10
Conclusion: A rational conclusion is offered and supported.Unsubstantiated/invalid conclusions based on anecdote and generalization only, or no conclusions at allLimited evidence of findings and conclusions supported by theory/literatureEvidence of findings and conclusions grounded in theory/literatureGood development shown in summary of arguments based in theory/literatureAnalytical and clear conclusions well-grounded in theory and literature showing development of new concept5
In text referencing – all text and diagrams are correctly referenced using appropriate referencing style.Problems with more than 4 citation requirementsProblems with 3-4 citation requirement.Problems with 2 citation requirement.Problems with 1 citation requirement.All citation requirements met2
Reference List – current references (no more than 5 yrs old unless justified).  Referenced using an appropriate referencing style.Problems with more than 4 referencing requirementsProblems with 3-4 referencing requirement Problems with 2 referencing requirement.Problems with 1 referencing requirement All referencing requirements met2
The presentation of the paper is of an appropriate academic standardProblems with more than 4 formatting requirementsProblems with 3-4 formatting requirement Problems with 2 formatting requirement.Problems with 1 formatting requirement All formatting requirements met2
Total  

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