Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care - BTEC



You are one of the home managers for CareTech Holdings PLC, a leading UK provider of specialist social care services. You have been invited to present a report to the Directors of the company, MONITOR (NHS) and some CCG representatives as part of government review and monitoring of your care home

The evidences towards this assignment should include: Report

This Report is aimed to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge in Planning and managing budget in your home, it will show your skills in resource control and managing shortfall with your ability to make prediction and make recommendation for the future expenditure in CareTech Holdings Plc.

Your report should cover and incorporate all tasks and learning outcomes within the suggested word count of 4,500 (± 10%) words.

You should refer to the assessment criteria and the relevant unit content, when preparing your evidence of assessment.

You can access the Annual report of CareTech Holdings Plc for 2016 the link below:

A shorter version of the annual report on STP Moodle, Assignment Pack folder.



Learning outcome 1 (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

1.1     Explain the principles of costing and business control systems that may be adopted in CareTech Holdings Plc.

1.2     Identify the information needed to manage financial resource for CareTech Holdings Plc in financial ending. 

1.3     Explain the regulatory requirements need to be satisfied while managing financial resources in CareTech Holdings Plc.

1.4     Evaluate the systems for managing financial resources in CareTech Holdings Plc.

Learning outcome 2  (LO 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4)

2.1     Discuss the diverse sources of income available to CareTech PLC in the financial year in 2016

2.2     Analyse the factors that may influence the availability of financial resources in CareTech Plc 

2.3     Review different types of budget expenditure in CareTech Plc.

2.4     Evaluate how decisions about expenditure could be made in CareTech Plc.

Learning outcome 3 (LO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)

3.1     Assuming there was financial shortfall in CareTech PLC; explain how this situation could be managed. 

3.2     Explain what action you would take if you suspect occurrence of financial fraud in your organisation.

3.3     Evaluate budget monitoring arrangements in CareTech Plc.

Learning outcome 4 (LO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4)

4.1     Identify information required to make financial decisions relating to CareTech Plc.

4.2     Analyse the relationship between care service delivered and ‘costs and expenditure’.

4.3     Evaluate how financial considerations impact upon a service user.

4.4     Suggest ways to improve the care service provided by CareTech Plc. through changes to its financial systems and processes.



Unit content


1     Understand how systems are used to manage financial resources in health and social care


Costing and business control systems: costs, income, cost-benefit analysis, expenditure, budget, capital, cost control, cost centre; outsourcing, competitive tendering, forecasting, profit, breakeven; basic software for monitoring financial information within an organisation


Information: business costs e.g. people, equipment, finance, buildings, consumable items, administration; income streams; trends and external influences e.g. changes in policy, competitive factors, and legal requirements


Regulatory requirements: legislation and codes of practice, audit, accountability, policies


Systems: sources of income, how budgets are set, administration of budgets, cost centres, accountabilities, audit requirements.




2     Understand the role of planning in the management of health and social care budgets


Diverse sources of income:  public, private, voluntary; local, national


Influences on resource availability: funding priorities, agency objectives and policies, private finance, outsourcing, inter-agency partnerships, government policies, geography, type of service


Types of budget:  cost centre, project management, outsourcing contract


Decisions about expenditure: environmental analysis, accountabilities, priorities, short-, medium- and long-term planning; cost-benefit analysis; financial risk, project management




3     Understand the importance of monitoring budget expenditure in health and social care organisations


Information for monitoring expenditure: cash flow, controlling costs, spreadsheet data, training needs


Financial shortfalls: priorities, virement, reserve funds, alternative external income sources; implications for individuals within the service


Suspected fraud: analysing financial information for reliability, validity and sufficiency; reporting, evidence of fraud




4     Understand how systems and processes for managing financial resources influence health and social care services


Financial decisions: responsibility for decision making, information available, sources of income, priorities etc.


Relationship between service delivery, costs and expenditure: cost-benefit, pricing policies, purchasing arrangements


Impact on individuals: quality of service, access to service


Recommendations: options available, supporting evidence, information to be presented for discussion by financial decision makers


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