During the debate over the correct length of General Practioner (GP) training in the UK's health service, Mace was commissioned by the UK Department of Health to independently review the Royal College of General Practioners case for the extension of GP training to five years. Mace's review was coupled with an analysis of the methodology and approach used by the RCGP in the preparation of its case.
Mace analysed the existing report using the five-case business model to assess strategic fit and value for money, ensuring that the arguments were strategically robust, the project was affordable, and the report in line with other workforce objectives. Mace considered the balance of risks associated with successful implementation of the change in training regime. Mace evaluated the report by addressing the five elements as they would appear in a full business case. We examined the strategic case for change, the value-for-money economic case, the affordability case, the commercial viability test, and finally the practical management case for whether or not the extension to training was deliverable. Mace adopted a constructive approach while maintaining the independence required to fully appraise the arguments contained within the RCGP report. "I am also happy to confirm DH's satisfaction with the high standard of the work undertaken by Mace; the report was provided ahead of schedule as suggested by Mace. The report itself was particularly helpful, thorough and constructive."