Advanced OD practitioner programme: health and social care

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Advanced OD practitioner programme

This experiential programme is designed for experienced Organisational Development (OD) practitioners to develop and deepen their understanding of the possibilities for OD in current health and social care settings. To take a more systemic view in their work and to develop skills as a relational practitioner. 

We’re all working with the challenges of COVID 19 and its aftermath. This programme will explore what this means for OD, consider how we can best support our organisations in thoughtful, yet practical, ways to build resilience for the future.

This programme is unlike any other OD programme; the quality of facilitation, the pace and diversity of the exercises, the underpinning theory is delivered lightly and in stages, and can be related to every OD practitioners work. The exposure to real OD problems and the consideration of ways to approach them, all make this the most interactive and thought provoking experience. I would recommend this programme to all who are interested in OD, in understanding culture and who enjoy working in the field of OD.
Karen Camm, Ast. Director of Education and OD Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



Is this programme for you?

This programme is for experienced OD and leadership and development practitioners, human resources and transformation directors who are responsible for developing capability to bring about cultural and behavioural change to gain a strategic perspective.   
You may be working in any part of the health and social care system including local government, NHS, or a private or voluntary sector provider.

Benefits to you and your organisation

Benefits to you;

You will...
•    have the opportunity to explore new possibilities in taking up your role within the changing context 
•    gain a deeper understanding of the strategies that will enable system-wide change and build organisational resilience
•    develop a range of approaches to enable leaders to collaborate effectively across boundaries
•    create an OD community within the health and social care system that will provide ongoing support.

Benefits to your organisation; 

Your OD practitioner will have...
•    in depth knowledge of OD approaches successfully deployed in other parts of the health system and the private sector
•    the skills and tools to influence the OD agenda at a strategic level
•    confidence to lead participative approaches to complex change across your organisation

Programme structure

Module one: Developing cultures for high-quality care

  • The role of OD
  • Understanding the nature of culture and change
  • Incremental and transformational change
  • Creating the conditions for quality improvement and innovation

Module two: Enabling leaders and encouraging talent

  • Engaging the front line: clinicians and experts in the field
  • Compassionate and collaborative leadership: enabling and supporting growth
  • Developing inquiry and consulting skills
  • Creating talent strategies

Module three: Collaborating across boundaries

  • Working with the power and politics of the system
  • Deploying large-group processes to build new ways of thinking
  • Changing the nature of conversations across boundaries and roles
  • Intra-organisation influencing

Meet the programme team


Sally Hulks

Assistant director, Leadership and organisational development


Tracy Nottage

Senior Programme Coordinator, Leadership and organisational development


Lindsey Masson

Associate consultant

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