Bitesize course / Business planning

10 hours Advanced
10 CPD hours Free to NHS

This course is FREE to NHS staff. In partnership with NHS England, the HFMA are providing this course free of charge to all NHS staff. To see the options to access this course for free, please click here. If you are not a member of NHS staff and wish to purchase this course, please click the 'purchase' button in this banner.

Business planning.


This course evaluates the approach to business planning in the NHS and how each NHS organisation has a role to play in ensuring that its plans are developed in a joined-up manner and that delivery is managed to the benefit of patients, users and carers and other stakeholders. Once completed, you will be able to understand approaches to investment and the governance arrangements surrounding them, as well as learning the differences between strategic and operational plans and how these interact to improve services to patients.  

This course is suited to those who are managing a budget, clinical staff, operational staff, finance staff and primary care staff.


  • Planning frameworks to support decision-making
  • NHS business planning
  • Summing up

What's included?

Up to date, easy to understand content, written by NHS expert

Access to your course online for 12 months

10 hours of accredited CPD

Certificate of completion

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