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Our Do OD Priorities for 2017/2018

Our priorities for 2017/18 reflect the need for deeper inquiry and wider involvement in OD so we plan to focus on the following areas:

1. Working in complex contexts

To prepare and support OD practitioners and colleagues to work, think and practice in complex adaptive systems including co-designing place based OD and applied systems and complexity theories.

2. People transforming systems

To design impactful OD strategies that enable change in systems across the NHS and beyond, and contribute to the evolving STP agenda that measurably improves staff and patient experience. This includes shaping the role of OD in the future NHS and collaboration across systems and sectors.

3. Building capacity and capability

Developing OD practitioners’ capability through CPD and learning to build confidence and competence to work at their particular level of experience. Continuing to widen inclusion of OD capability across the system to include HR, Leaders and Senior Leaders and teams and Clinicians. Working in partnership with the regional leadership academies to support the National Improvement and Leadership Development (NILD) framework particularly developing regional and system capability with a focus on primary care. This includes:

  • Essential elements of OD - emerging, developing and advanced practice.
  • Diffusing OD capability.
  • Primary care capacity.
These priorities give us the opportunity to deepen the capability of OD practitioners as well as widening participation across the broader workforce.  Working with our Do OD Steering Group, existing work groups and bringing new colleagues into the conversation we will create spaces for conversation, develop and publish new resources, share good practice and learn from colleagues outside the NHS. 

Highlights from 2016/17

Our priority areas of work for 2016/17 were agreed through extensive engagement with the OD community which were then tested and confirmed with our Steering Group. These were:

  • Working in complex contexts.
  • People transforming systems.
  • Building capacity and capability.
These objectives shaped the direction of travel our OD community wishes to pursue, moving from transactional to transformational work.  2016/17 highlights included:

  • Our events and workshops form a vital part of the OD community’s continuing professional development. Our annual conference attracts 200 participants and smaller conferences are always fully booked. People value the opportunity to come together face-to-face, often just once a year.
  • We have broadened our methods to include working in virtual spaces in order to widen access. These include Think Club, Community Conversations and our OD Virtual Mentoring programme which is a collaborative project with the 10 regional leadership academies.
  • Our tools, products and blogs, including our new Do OD Swap Shop, Practice Posters and materials relating to Working in Complex Contexts.
  • Our influence as a community continues to grow, with our Do OD definition of Organisational Development included in the NHS Improvement National Improvement & Leadership Strategy and through raising the profile of our work at events like the CIPD Annual Conference and ODN Europe Conference.
Further information

Download our 2017/18 priorities report.  
To get involved in any aspect of our work email us for more details. 


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