Strategic planning in healthcare organizations involves outlining reasonable and actionable steps to obtain the company’s long-term goals. The strategy aligns the course of action at the organization in line with the stated mission and other values. Tactical planning, on the other hand, consists of elective victim accommodation and providing resource capacities. The two schemes differ based on the organization’s aims, where strategic planning involves lasting goals, whereas tactical planning encompasses short-term objectives.
The main objective of tactical planning in a healthcare facility is to ensure equal access to medication for all the clients using the agreed number of visiting limits and that the resources are used to meet the demand of the patients. The planning ensures the maximization of resources and how it is utilized to balance the workload at the healthcare organization (Schuller et al., 2019). On the other hand, strategic planning ensures that an organization has a clear path through maximizing options that will influence the working environment at the healthcare facility.
The tactical plan in healthcare organizations answers the best way of achieving the strategic plan. Most of the tactical plan’s activities answer short-term objectives that are generally less than a year. The goals in the tactical plan are considered narrow in focus and can be divided into departmental levels (Schuller et al., 2019). The strategic plan, however, influences the creation of tactical plans because they provide a long-term picture of the short-term objectives.
Conclusively, the different management level executives are responsible for the strategic and tactical plans of the healthcare organization. The senior management is involved in strategic planning, and the same team decides whether other key employees can participate in the process. The middle-level executive must wait for the senior management to design the strategic plan before they can take part in its implementation. The middle management level is involved in tactical planning, which is done through resource acquisition and usage to accomplish organizational goals. The top management acts as supervisors and directors to ensure the plans are implemented appropriately by middle-level managers. For a successful execution of plans, the middle managers ensure day-to-day activities and goals are achieved as part of tactical plan objectives (Esfahani et al., 2018). By achieving short-term goals, the company is assured that long-term goals will be accomplished as stipulated in its strategic plan.
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