Organisational Development

Our aim is to champion Organisation Development (OD) within Kent, Surrey and Sussex by supporting the professionalisation, development, capability and capacity of OD provision in the region.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) defines organisation development as the planned and systematic enabling of sustained performance in an organisation through the involvement of its people.

To us, organisations where OD thrives are places where people related issues such as Culture, Change, Values & Behaviours and Team/Board Effectiveness are seen as vital to an organisations performance and the delivery of its vision and strategy. These organisations believe the saying that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. These organisations believe that the “way we do things here” can give them a unique and competitive edge.

Ultimately we want to ensure that our NHS organisations consider in a systemic and planned way, those things that make their organisations unique and that if those things were stronger, would enable them to perform more effectively.

We recognise that individuals who have roles as Organisation Development (OD) and Service Improvement (SI) leads can often be in stand alone roles, operating as soloists within their organisation. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience of OD and SI within Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Our OD network aims to bring these professionals together to provide them with a space for development and a supportive network to enable them to act as effective change agents in our healthcare community. The network was launched in autumn 2013.

The network is made up of OD practitioners who represent NHS organisations across KSS. We work with our network members to look at their challenges and priorities and then shape our network development sessions around those needs.

OD Network events can be found here.

If you would like to be a member of the Network or want to know if your organisation is involved then email leadership.kss@hee.nhs.uk