Finance and Accounting for Management ECONM1015
Individual Summative Assessment (70%)
The deadline for this coursework is 13.00 on Monday 25th January 2020.
During the final plenary session in December you worked on the CIMA case NHS trust: South
Ceeland Trust (SCT). Two of the three questions in this individual assessment are based on
this case. The case is provided separately.
Question 1 (70%)
After considering best fit with the organisation’s values SCT has decided to use two of Kotter
and Schlesinger’s approaches to change in order to deliver the required cost savings over the
next three years. The two approaches are:
1. Education and participation
2. Participation and involvement
The recently appointed Chief Executive would like to develop the Trust’s management
accounting practices to enable the organisation to deliver a successful cost reduction plan
over the next three years and to better understand the cost of treatments they provide.
Discuss how SCT could use strategic management accounting practices to help understand
their costs and plan for the next three years.
Your discussion must be no more than 1,200 words, excluding academic references, tables
and diagrams. You do not need to research Kotter and Schlesinger’s change approaches, as
these should not be the focus of your discussion.
Question 2 (20%)
As detailed in the case scenario the Trust is considering the purchase of three new machines
to reduce costs and improve patient care. Based on the following information, use your
knowledge of project appraisal methods as well as any other factors that you must consider
in order to make an effective decision regarding the new machines. State any assumptions
SCT has hired a financial analyst to help them understand the cost savings better to justify the
cost of machine to the central Government. The analyst charged a one-off fee of £5,000 and
raised following points:
• The central Government will only approve the cost of machines if savings of £3 million
• The machines will be depreciated over three years on a straight-line basis and will be
returned to the charity at the end of three years to be sold for a scrap value of
approximately £0.2 million per machine.
• SCT is determined to minimize redundancies. Therefore, staff vacancies in other
departments must be explored. Currently, the following vacancies are available:
o There are currently 30 administrative vacancies in other departments across
the Trust. The salary advertised for these posts is £24,000 per annum.
o There are currently 40 nursing vacancies unfilled in the Trust’s hospitals. The
salary for these posts is £30,000 per annum. The nurses will need to undergo
training once recruited. The training cost will be £400 per employee.
Write no more than 200 words.
Question 3 (10%)
At the start of the unit you were asked to consider how taking a unit in accounting and finance
would help you become a better management professional. You will now revisit this question
and reflect on it as you have completed the unit.
Explain how you now think accounting and finance knowledge and skills can help you
personally become a better management professional. Connect reflections on your learning
from the unit to your programme pathway.
Write no more than 200 words.