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Ways of Thinking About Change in Primary Care

About this session:

Are you finding it difficult to influence change right now? Would you be open to thinking about different ways to see and think about the context you work in?

This is a 3 hour ‘bite-size’ workshop designed to introduce those who are involved in supporting change and transformation in Primary Care settings to the benefits of the OD (Organisation Development) technique of looking at change through different lenses.

How we ‘see’ our organisation, or network, or environment in which we work determines how we try and influence it or make changes happen. So, if we think about it in a different way, does this mean other options or approaches could emerge? Is your organisation like a steam engine? Or a plate of spaghetti? Or a village? Or something else?

This workshop is designed for people to pause ‘doing’ and to think about these ideas in relation to their own workplace, and the things they are currently trying to progress. Participants will get an opportunity to work with others thinking about a core question, “…what other ways are there of approaching this?”

This is a workshop and not a webinar so you can expect it to be practical and interactive with a focus on the issues you are facing today. Our aim is to create an atmosphere where participants feel willing and able to talk openly with colleagues from Primary Care. You can expect the workshop to be very participative and will be working in small groups with other colleagues, as well as hearing about the core ideas in the larger group.

What will be covered:

During the session you will:

    • be able to view and explain your own work environment in new ways – which in turn supports innovation and thinking about new ways forward
    • be able to practice a peer support and participation process to work on your own real-life issues
    • be signposted to further OD resources to continue your thinking

Who the session is for:

This virtual event is for primary care colleagues in the South East region, especially practice managers, who find themselves needing to lead change efforts in their own practices and beyond. It may be particularly relevant for those who:

    • Would like to think creatively about creating sustainable change
    • Are interested in exploring an approach to change that sits separately in its foundation to some of the traditional QI approaches

Register your place:

Bookings have now closed for this workshop.

About the Facilitator, Simon Bird:

Simon has worked with organisations in the fields of leadership and organisation development as a consultant, coach, designer and facilitator for over 15 years.   A significant part of his career has been spent working in and around the NHS, and with healthcare leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds.


He has an interest in innovative development approaches, as well as the ongoing design and implementation of sustainable and pragmatic solutions – crucial during Covid-19.   His current work includes working with intact teams and networks – with a focus on effectiveness and how to respond to a complex and evolving environment.


He works across the organisation development disciplines – which include organisation and team culture, change leadership, leadership development, systemic team coaching and one to one coaching.  His work is typically with a wide range of clients in the public, private and not for profit sectors.   Major clients in 2020 include the NHS Leadership Academy, an international scientific research NGO, a large combined local authority in England, and an international private sector consultancy.


Simon was most recently a partner with the global consultancy Korn Ferry Hay Group, where he led a team of consultants and advisers who worked across a portfolio of clients.  He left Korn Ferry Hay Group in 2017 to work independently and in association with other consultants, establishing Thorpebird Consulting.


Simon has worked at chief executive level, with executive teams, operational and frontline teams to support them in building capability, bring about improvements and develop ways of working.   He has worked extensively with people from all levels and many professions – and on a one to one basis, through to organisation wide development interventions.