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Friday 19 April 2019
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MBA students support us to develop new Trust strategy

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MBA students from the University of Derby have been working in partnership with us to support the development of a new Trust-wide strategy.

Eight University of Derby students have worked collaboratively with the Trust to devise a new five-year strategy that sets out the future direction within the context of the wider health and care agenda, nationally and locally.

The Trust and University students came together to work on a new partnership approach to test our initial strategic thinking as part of a strategy module being undertaken by the MBA students. Following a number of visits and discussions, the students were given the opportunity to attend a meeting here and also present strategic options to Mark Powell, Director of Strategic Development.

'Strategic options'

Polina Baranova, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at the University of Derby said: “Our MBA students conducted research and worked with the Derbyshire Healthcare employees to develop strategic options for them going forward. Some of these options were adopted as part of the new strategy to strengthen primary care provision in the county and create specialist regional networks.”

'Wider input'

Mark Powell said: “This new collaboration was a very positive experience for us. While supporting the University’s MBA students in their strategy module, it also provided us with a unique opportunity to test our initial strategic thinking and gain external reflection on the development of the new strategy. The thoughts and reflections we received from the students underpinned the strategic thinking of the organisation and provided wider input into the strategy, which was developed through a participative approach.”

'Our ideas were of value'

Scott Walker, MBA student who project managed the team, said: “The work allowed me to experience a live project, meet with the Derbyshire Healthcare leadership team and even attend one of their board meetings. It brought the subject matter to life and it was rewarding to hear that our ideas were of value to the Trust in their strategy preparation when we presented our proposals to them.”

Polina added: “It’s great to hear that our students’ work with Derbyshire Healthcare will help to shape its strategy. As the module leader, I am very proud of my students’ achievements and the quality of work they have produced.”