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OD Annual Conference
We have held a number of masterclasses and workshops in 2016 to help to develop our NHS OD community to be the best that they can be. 

Past events and masterclasses

OD in the NHS IV: Raising our ambition, deepening our practice - 15 July 2016, London
This year’s conference theme, raising our ambition and deepening our practice, set the scene for what has been Do OD’s best event yet. 

ODN Europe - 27 and 28 April 2016, Sunningdale
This event is attended by OD practitioners from across Europe and featured some of the leading speakers in the industry.  Paul Taylor and Karen Dumain attended the event along with four NHS OD practitioners and shared their experience and learning in a selection of blogs.

The event helped attendees to understand some of the theory and practice of systems thinking as well as experiencing a living system for themselves. We also looked at practical examples of systems theory in action as well as hearing from NHS guest speakers. 

Evaluating OD: Treasure the measures - 11 December 2015, London
This event offered delegates space to think about evaluation in OD. How we measure impact is a vital part of OD and there is a wealth of evidence about the value of our work that we don’t always have the time to engage with. Download presentations from the event, read blogs from the speakers and access tools and articles that will help you enrich your evaluation practice. 

OD in the NHS III: Forward Thinking Different 14 - 16 July 2015, London
Over 200 OD practitioners met at our third annual conference to discuss the Five Year Forward View, our OD priorities for 2015/16 and to hear from some excellent guest speakers. Download the conference companion, speaker presentations, biographies and blogs.

ODN Europe Conference 6 - 7 May 2015, Roffey Park
This was the third annual event with a theme of 'Learning from Different Perspectives'. Read Tracy Watson's, Rebecca Watts', Nicoll Lloyd's and Abigale Hopeland's personal observations from the event.

Putting Theory into Practice -10 March 2015, Bristol

The event gave NHS OD practitioners access to stimulating academic thinking, discussion and debate. There was a wealth of research and evidence that supported the practice of organisational development and the event helped OD Practitioners recognised the range of academic thinking available and gave opportunities to discuss how to better embed evidence and theory into their work. 

Culture change: a call to act - 20 November 2014
The Culture change: a call to act event brought together 140 people from across the NHS on 20 November 2014 to focus on culture change and how our OD community can lead and contribute to this important work.

Complexity Theory Bootcamp 20 – 22 October 2014, London

This three day course delved into the methodology developed by Professor Mitleton-Kelly. The approach identified the multi-dimensional ‘problem space’ of any difficult organisational challenge, including organisational transformation; and guides managers on how to co-create an ‘enabling environment’ that is not static, but co-evolves with its changing environment. Several real life examples were given including a longitudinal study in two NHS hospitals and a recent study in Indonesia, to address organisational transformation and to enable a government agency, to better address deforestation. In particular, the participants will be taken through a set of guidelines on how to conduct semi-structured interviews and how to analyse them, identifying not only common themes, but also dilemmas (equally desirable objectives that appear not to be achievable at the same time) and underlying assumptions (the beliefs that influence decision making). This was in preparation for the participants to conduct a set of interviews and to analyse them. Follow-on workshops will help participants with group analysis, which reduces interpretation bias, identifies key clusters for action, and prepares the participants for the Reflect-Back Workshop they will need to conduct to present their findings to the interviewees and others in their organisation. The Reflect-Back workshop validates the findings and engages the organisation, and thus facilitates the implementation of recommendations.

Introduction to Complexity Theory & Enabling Environments 8 September 2014, London

Thirty people were introduced to some of the key principles of complexity theory by Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly and they learnt how it can be applied with the aim of transforming an organisation by co-creating a new culture, structure and way of working. They were also introduced to the EMK Complexity Methodology, which is based on these complexity principles.


OD in the NHS III: Forward Thinking Different conference

Download the conference companion, speaker presentations, blogs and much more from the OD in the NHS III conference.


OD in the NHS IV: Raising our ambition, deepening our practice 

Take a look at what happened at the fourth annual OD conference on 15 July 2016.

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ODN Europe 2015

This was the third annual event with a theme of 'Learning from Different Perspectives'. Read Tracy Watson's, Rebecca Watts', Nicoll Lloyd's and Abigale Hopeland's personal observations from the event.

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ODN Europe 2016

We offered four NHS OD practitioners the chance to attend the 2016 event. Read more about the day from their perspective, their experiences and what they learned.


Putting Theory into Practice - 10 March OD event

Read our summary of the OD Putting Theory into Practice event, access speaker presentations and read event feedback.

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Culture change: a call to act

How can the OD community lead and contribute to the work of culture change. Do OD has launched an OD resource called the Culture Change Tool.

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