Advanced OD practitioner programme: health and social care

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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, and the impact on the workplace. This programme will explore what this means for OD and consider how we can best support our organisations in thoughtful, yet practical, ways to build resilience for the future.

The programme will cover how to develop cultures for high-quality care, enable leaders and develop consulting skills, and collaborate across boundaries.

Please note: 2023 dates will be announced soon.

Is this course for me?

This programme is for anyone responsible for developing capability to bring about cultural and behavioural change to gain a strategic perspective . You might be an experienced OD and leadership and development practitioner, human resources (HR) professional or a transformation director.

You may be working in any part of the health and social care system including local government, the NHS or a private or voluntary sector provider.

What will I learn?

On this programme you will:

  • have the opportunity to explore new possibilities in taking up your role within a 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
  • develop  an in-depth knowledge of OD approaches successfully deployed in other parts of the health system and the private sector
  • understand the skills and tools to influence the OD agenda at a strategic level
  • gain confidence to lead participative approaches to complex change across your organisation.


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 developing consulting skills

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

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


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 practitioner’s 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, Assistant Director of Education and OD, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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


Module two of this programme will be delivered online. You will need access to a PC (laptop or desktop) with a microphone and webcam, and a good quality broadband connection. Sessions will be delivered using Microsoft Teams or Zoom so you will need to ensure you can access these on your computer. We also strongly recommend that you access the programme in a quiet environment.

Support for your organisation

Our team of OD practitioners can support you to work with your system by delivering a bespoke offer for your organisation. They can provide expertise in the areas of Covid-19 recovery, integrated care systems and primary care networks. Find out more here.

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