Place based OD - the place to be?

24 / 04 / 2018

In the summer of 2016 we launched our OD community inquiry into Place Based OD. We were interested in how, and whether, the shifting geographical and organisational boundaries of the NHS might require a shift in the way we do OD. Our inquiry process included: 

  • An online survey to generate questions and ideas.
  • Virtual meetings of OD practitioners to share experiences. 
  • Three workshop sessions covering design methods, place making and sharing experiences of place based OD.

As a result of the excellent input from our OD community, we have published a Do OD Paper on Place Based OD. It is intended to stimulate debate, discussion, reflection and action. 

The paper begins with the question ‘what does place mean to OD practitioners?’ and explores our current context, aspirations and learning. We are delighted to tell the story of Leading GM, the programme shaping how services are developing across Greater Manchester. We are grateful to our colleagues in the North West for sharing their learning.

This paper summarises our work so far and ends with the question 'what now?'. We hope that by considering the questions in the paper we can surface and progress a big conversation about Place Based OD across the system.

Do OD will create spaces to continue this conversation. If you would like to be part of the discussions please email us with your details.

Enjoy the paper, and do let us know if you think place based OD is the place to be.


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