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OD in the NHS VII: People Power!

Expanding our courage to act. 

Our seventh annual Do OD Conference took place on February 27 in London, with all 200 places booked to capacity within a week of being advertised.

The theme of the conference was People Power: Expanding our courage to act. The event put the NHS People Plan at the heart of all conversations, enabling participants to reflect on their OD approaches, activity and ability to support the delivery of the plan.

Take a look at the full agenda.

Specific sessions included:

  • Power and impact: launching a new OD resource on how to have everyday conversations about power in systems.
  • The Well OD’d Organisation: testing a new framework we have created to support organisations in assessing their OD activity in the style of the Well Led Framework.
  • Doing OD in systems: sharing experiences from various models and ways of organising, helping participants think about how doing OD in mergers and integrated systems is different to individual organisations.
  • OD’s contribution to the NHS People Plan: exploring how OD colleagues can bring the power of the community to the delivery of the plan.
  • Owning our brilliance: advice on how to work in anxious systems and help leaders lead in changing complex contexts.

We heard from high profile leaders in the system about their experiences of taking courageous steps, encouraging participants to step into their power and make change happen.


Download and share the slide packs used during the sessions:

For more information about any of the presentations please get in touch.

Feedback from our community

The conference was extremely well evaluated and delegates were active on Twitter during the day using the #ODintheNHS hastag. To view a summary of the activity on the day, view our Twitter moment.

  • 82 per cent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the event helped them find tools and resources to help with their organisational challenges.
  • 87 per cent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the event helped them feel more confident in their capability to address organisational challenges.
  • 92 per cent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the event was useful in finding out the current trends in OD in the NHS and beyond.
  • 97 per cent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the event helped them share challenges and find solutions with colleagues from across the country.
The five words most frequently used to describe the conference were:

inspiring, energising, thought-provoking, brilliant and challenging

 Sample comments from the evaluation:
  • “Amazing, inspiring day that has reminded me why I love OD so much.”
  • “Great opportunity to engage, network, share learning and develop relationships.”
  • “Thank a trust that is struggling it reminds me that we can change and build on what we have and be proud.”
  • “I’m glad that we have the Do OD community.”


We had an exhibition space, showcasing the work we have done over the past year and inviting you to get involved in Do OD. We had various exhibitors at the event to help you with OD in your organisation. Take a look at the full exhibitors guide.

During the day we asked colleagues three questions, what the biggest challenges for OD in NHS are? What they do when they get stuck with their OD practice? And just for fun what their OD animal would be? Watch the brilliant video below to find out what they said. 

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