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Organisational development

Helping your organisation be fit for purpose and fit for the future

Our team of experienced organisational development practitioners could help support your team or organisation to work better within the structures of your system. Working with you, they can build a common purpose across a team, helping you to embrace change and create a culture of collective resilience.

Some of our ‘normal’ ways of working have been severely tested since the pandemic. As a result, across all parts of the health care system, people are grappling with complex change issues. To make change sustainable, those issues require more than one-stop management solutions. Organisational development works alongside people to build confidence, competence and energy to create meaningful change.

You can find out more about our service below. If you’d like to make an enquiry, you can contact our team by calling 020 7307 2650 or emailing [email protected].

Why choose organisational development at The King’s Fund

Organisational development at The King’s Fund centres on partnering with people to improve relationships within an organisation and across a system. Strengthen the quality of those relationships, and you strengthen your chances of resolving immediate issues.

Unlike other consulting approaches, organisational development at The King’s Fund starts from the premise that the experts in addressing these issues are the people who face them every day. What inhibits them is often a range of interlinking factors.

The Fund’s unique expertise

Organisational development practitioners at The King’s Fund demonstrate a powerful combination of expertise that works on three levels:

Hands-on experience

Many of our organisational development practitioners reached senior positions in a variety of health care roles before pursuing a career in consulting. They can empathise fully with the complexity of issues their clients face.

Highly skilled

Relationship-building is second nature to our practitioners. They are highly skilled in partnering with clients, moving alongside client systems to help them to surface issues and understand the human dynamics behind them. They have theoretical frameworks and a toolkit of interventions to help implement and sustain change at their fingertips.

Contextual understanding

The King’s Fund produces high-quality research and policy analysis on health and social care issues. This work informs and enhances that of our organisational development practitioners. As a result, they have an in-depth knowledge of the broader context that surrounds the health and care sector and can draw on that policy expertise.

Our guiding principles and approach

Our principles

  • Sustainable change happens when you engage the whole system, working across boundaries and traditional roles.

  • The people doing the job are usually those who best understand the issues and can be the agents of change for their organisations.

  • Our role is that of partner, working alongside our clients to surface issues and co-create change. We create the conditions, the provocation and the stimulation for you to access your own ability to change.

  • We take an appreciative approach – we surface what is happening and work with the energy for change.

  • We have expertise in clinical engagement and are aware of the dilemmas specific to clinicians’ working pressures.

Our approach

Our approach is participatory, action-orientated, group enquiry.

In this we:

  • don’t start out with an end in mind

  • pay attention to how people talk about things

  • challenge assumptions

  • enquire into anxieties and fears

  • identify systemic patterns and impact

  • support groups to hold each other to account.

Areas we can help you with

There are a lot of different areas our organisational development practitioners can help with. In recent years we have brought our organisational development and policy expertise together to provide support for teams, organisations and systems to meet challenges in these particular areas:

  • Covid-19 transition and recovery

  • establishing integrated care systems

  • developing primary care networks

  • improving population health.

For more details about how our organisational development practitioners could help your organisation, please call 020 7307 2650 or email [email protected].

Our organisational development practitioners