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THE CHALLENGE

Teams will simulate a consultancy firm that must present solutions to a real business problem currently facing the Healthcare sector.

Teams will be provided with Part 1 background information on the case study topic on Tuesday 1st May and part 2 on Tuesday 15th May.

They will receive further vital information on the competition day and will be given time to finalise their recommendations. Each team will then have 20 minutes to give a presentation and answer questions from the judges about their proposal.

Each team will be assigned meeting rooms to work in on the competition day, equipped with connected computing facilities.

This competition will test the capabilities of multidisciplinary student teams to derive innovative solutions to a present problem facing organisations within the sector. Participants will develop key consultancy skills and gain exposure to a multi-trillion pound sector. Leading industry experts and academicians will form the judging and information panels. This competition will provide an excellent opportunity for networking and the chance to showcase your talents!

THE TOPIC FOR THIS YEAR'S WBS CASE CHALLENGE

heart scan"Globally, it is estimated that 46.1 million people have atrial fibrillation, with around 1.2 million people in the UK being affected. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is a type of irregular heartbeat that means the heart may not be pumping as well as it should; as a result, blood clots are more likely to form. Significantly, AF also makes the risk of stroke five times higher.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. If a blood clot forms in the heart due to AF, there is a risk it could travel through the bloodstream and block one of the arteries leading to the brain. Strokes in people with AF are more severe and have worse outcomes than strokes in people without AF: there is greater risk of more brain damage; AF increases disability from stroke; there is more risk of a stroke happening again; and AF almost doubles the death rate from stroke.

Across the UK, numerous initiatives are being targeted at reducing the number of avoidable AF-related strokes, particularly as part of a broad NHS improvement programme. Real world solutions are needed around the globe to address this issue."

Note: The actual Case Challenge for teams will be announced with part 1 of the Case on Tuesday 1st May, and has been written in a way such that prior knowledge of the healthcare sector maybe an advantage but is not required from participants."