South East Leadership Academy

Organisational Development (OD)

Building OD capacity and capability in the NHS by developing leaders to develop others.

“In the NHS, the purpose of OD is to improve the quality and safety of patient care and we describe OD as enabling people to transform systems. OD is a field of practice where behavioural science is applied to organisational and system issues in order to align strategy and capability. OD enhances the effectiveness of systems through the provision of interventions that build capacity and capability to achieve our collective goals. OD improves the performance and health of systems by amplifying the humanity in our organisations, enabling people to flourish, thrive and have meaning in their work.” Do OD (delivered by NHS Employers in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy)

These pages offer a range of resources and information to support OD practitioners and organisations, including national and regional resources. There is already some fantastic OD happening in our region and we want to publicise and share this learning as well as from the range of national resources.

OD in the South East

OD empowers leaders to transform organisations and systems to make the systems we use better for the people using it. Many of the South East Leadership Academy’s interventions, such as leadership development, talent management, coaching, improvement and more, are encircled by OD, and the majority of internal development capacity available to NHS organisations includes people whose role encompasses OD practice. 

In the ongoing context of public sector change and transition we recognise that OD practitioner skills and leadership have never been as important as now. Those working in OD and transformational roles need to be at the forefront of system and service transformation, enabling the right conditions to deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and the People Plan. 

We have a long history of supporting and developing OD capability by supporting leaders, OD and HR colleagues to meet the demands of organisational and system level change and transformation. This began with the development of our popular OD toolkit, a framework for OD practitioner development, and more recently our work supporting the OD talent pipeline has helped South East practitioners to claim competence, recognising their skills and knowledge at a system level.

Our ambition in the South East is to:

  • Champion, develop and extend OD capability and capacity in the SE using the best evidence available
  • To develop a vibrant network for OD practitioners and all those who work in the field of OD & leading change
  • To energise transformation and culture change across the system
  • To showcase great OD practice in the SE and across health and social care

We want to showcase and celebrate great OD practice that is happening in the South East.  If you have something – a successful intervention, a response to an organisational challenge, a good story then let us know.

We are currently developing our Care Home Managers Leadership Programme, which has run successfully in the South East previously, into a virtual programme and will provide further details soon.

South East OD Network

We have continued to build capability and capacity in Organisational Development across the South East through funding programmes for Organisational Development Practitioners in some of our systems.

The OD network has become part of the wider collaborative network across the south east, which now includes coaches, mentors, talent leads, leadership leads, and inclusion leads.

The system transformation agenda has identified an ever-growing requirement for skills and confidence in organisational development – the South East collaborative network has encouraged and supported collaboration within the STPs / ICSs, bringing together expertise and knowledge to drive cultural change.

We very much welcome new members to our Collaborative Network. To be added to our network contact list please contact us at [email protected]


What questions do you have about OD? Are you new to OD and what to find out more?

Let us know your questions and we will respond and build our FAQ’s.