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OD Essentials

Learn about organisational development (OD) models and strategies, and how to lead change in your organisation with our online course.

3 November 2020

Our free online course, OD Essentials, is designed for HR professionals, learning and development staff, and anyone interested in finding out about OD in the NHS.

The course will also be useful to chief executives, board-level staff, and anyone involved in leading or shaping change.

What the course covers

During the course you will:

  • explore the origins of OD
  • understand essential elements of OD theory and research
  • learn the definitions and applications of OD in practice
  • discover the role of OD in enhancing the effectiveness of systems through interventions that improve people’s ability to achieve shared goals
  • understand the importance of the self in OD practice, and the impact of OD on the quality and safety of patient care.
  • OD Essentials is a five week course, with approximately 6 hours of learning required per week. Previous cohorts of learners have fed back that this is quite a significant time commitment and many fell behind with their learning (mainly due to Covid-19 but also due to trying to balance study with day to day work commitments) The course requires you to give examples of how you can use your learning in your role or examples of what you have already done so is not suitable for people not currently working in OD.  

    We do ask that you only apply if you can dedicate the time to the study- the next course will start on Monday 11th October and run for five weeks. Study hours will be done in your own time- there are no specific times (apart from the virtual sessions which aren’t compulsory) that you need to be free. We will then run new cohorts of learners every two months.

    We are now taking applications for October- application form here. Please fill in all the sections of the form- we’ll be in touch by the end of September to let you know if you’ve been successful or not. If you are working in OD in NHS/health/social care you will get a place so don’t worry too much- we just want to make sure we are giving places to those who will get the most benefit from it and be able to use the learning in their day to day role.

    We have been working on the course and the learning methodology to ensure we support you as much as possible during your cohort to keep you up to date with your learning. We will be introducing virtual meetings for learners so you can build relationships with others on your cohort and ask questions/offer support to each other. For the October cohort, the virtual meetings will be on Thursday 14th October 11-12 and Monday 8th November 11-12- please block these out in your diary now and more info will follow nearer the time.

  • If you are unable to commit to the full 5 week course, or are not currently working in OD in NHS/health/care, our Essential Elements course is now open for enrolments.

    Essential Elements will give you an introduction to OD and help you to both discover organisational development models and strategies, as well as develop your OD skills to boost performance and improve culture.

    You can register for the course here. The course lasts for 3 weeks from the date you enrol and requires around 2 hours per week of study.