13 / 5 / 2014 9.38am
Last week, the Do OD team attended the ODN Europe Annual Conference at Roffey Park in Sussex. We took five guests from our network of NHS OD practitioners, and were joined by several others- in fact, we had such a strong presence that in one of the workshops, someone asked "is the NHS creating its own OD field?"
The conference was a fantastic opportunity for all working in OD; great networking, inspiring speakers and brilliant thought-provoking workshops, plus fab hospitality from the team at Roffey Park. We are delighted that we had the chance to attend- we know that many others from across the NHS would also have loved to have gone, so we tweeted regularly throughout and you can find a Storify of the tweets from across the two days here.
The conference also hosted the first ODN Europe Awards and we are proud to announce that Do OD won "highly commended" in the Community Development category, which recognised interventions which involve a wide range of stakeholders, are characterised by collaborative approaches to creating change, make a positive contribution to society as a whole and are sustainable. Our prize was a Quaitch (a Scottish friendship bowl) which we have big plans for- watch this space!
Our fab colleagues from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust also won an award for Most Innovative Organisational Intervention- congratulations to them- it was very well deserved. You can read more about them on our OD Superstar pages
At the conference, the Do OD team presented "Doing OD in the NHS- our incredible story so far" at one of the poster sessions- you can download a copy of our poster here to see the journey of Do OD over the past year.
It was a fantastic two days, and a brilliant opportunity to discuss OD with like-minded people- we all came away inspired and energised. Take a look at the reports from our five NHS guests. Our own Karen Dumain also put together a graphical summary of the day, based on what we learned in one of the workshops:
There was also a mini-competition at the conference to summarise our experience in 30 words or less- here are two of the winning entries:
My ODNEU2014 experience has been intense and rewarding. Many new names and faces, concepts and approaches to assimilate and I'm feeling excitement about doing so. A fantastic opportunity to learn- Cath Heaney, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
My first ODN conference has helped me find my identity as an OD practitioner. I'll be leaving with renewed confidence & vision that I can make a difference- Jodi Brown, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
See you there next year!