Health Education England

Organisational Development Network 2018 Events

Upcoming OD Network event dates;

Dates, Venue and Time Network Event Topic
9 May 2018
Newmarket venue tbc
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'Brilliant Teams' by the Art of Brilliance 

Different strokes

Real diversity within a team is absolutely essential for success – and when not understood the same diversity can be the greatest pitfall. But when it comes to working with others, individuals are often thrown together into ‘teams’ without any real understanding of team dynamics. This leads to frustration, conflict and teams who neither understand nor trust one another.

How a team interact and connect is absolutely critical to its success. There are three fundamental components of a high performance team: Potential, Connection and Reason This session focuses on the messy one in the middle. Assuming you have the right people on the bus and you know where you are going – how on earth can you get them to really connect and work together as a high performance team?

The aim

This session provides the underpinning knowledge in order for relationships and teams to really connect and flourish. You will learn what makes people tick, how to connect with others, and how this understanding can help you develop a truly High Performance Team.

This workshop will make a massive difference to the way you deal with people and make sure that you know how to connect effortlessly with everyone. After attending you will:

- Completely ‘get’ what’s different about people and why it matters

- Understand common causes of destructive conflict and how to nip them in the bud

- Get stellar results from staff, clients and personal relationships

17 July 2018
Newmarket venue tbc
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'Why Factor' by the Art of Brilliance 

Why ‘The Why-Factor’?

When was the last time you or your work colleagues skipped into work? And we mean, literally… as in bouncing in full of energy and passion. Getting staff to turn up because they want to is like depositing £1m into your team’s psychological account and is the key to your organization’s competitive advantage.

But how do we create engagement, when ‘change’ is sitting squarely on your chest and everyone’s already been asked to do more for less?

“The Why-Factor” goes back to basics, daring to ask a fundamental question… why do you do what you do? Doing it for the money is fine. That will get compliance. And if ‘fine’ is what you’re striving for this workshop is not for you. If you’re seeking ‘word class’, you need to tap into inspiration. In short, you need to find a better ‘why?’

The most inspirational organisations and individuals think differently – they have a clear and compelling purpose. This workshop focuses on helping you uncover your ‘why?’ that translates into a simple statement that inspires you to take action. The average lifespan is a measly 4000 weeks of which you spend 30% at work. From where we’re sitting, you may as well turn up inspired.


It can be an inspirational keynote  with themes of positive psychology and strengths to create an immersive and motivational day. Themes (some or all of…)

- Sinek’s golden circle
- The role of the neo cortex and Limbic system in our decision making
- Purpose & engagement
- Positive psychology
- Signature strengths
- Impact & influence (the ripple effect)
- Busyness & destination addiction

To register your interest, please email

So far this year, the following events have taken place:

OD Network - Building Leadership for inclusion - 20 September 2017

Building Leadership for inclusion 

The aims for this event were:

  • To engage in discussion and update on current context and work to build  Leadership for inclusion
  • Consider organisational approaches and progress being made
  • Share your experiences and learning with peers

Our strategic objectives for Leadership for Inclusion are to:

  • Raise the level of aspiration on inclusion
  • Quicken the pace of change towards inclusion
  • Ensure that leadership is equipped to achieve and leave an ever increasing and sustainable legacy of inclusion

This event had a focus on the key workstream; Building Leadership for inclusion and the day included;

  • Catherine Loftus, Senior Programme Lead, NHS Leadership Academy and Stuart Moore, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Health Education England – Setting the context for Building Leadership For Inclusion
  • Harjit Bansal, Equality and Diversity Manager, North East London NHS Foundation Trust - shared Inclusive Leadership approaches in action
Download Setting the Context presentation
Download Inclusive Leadership approaches in Action presentation
OD Network event - Systems Leadership Laboratory - 31 March 2017 /29 September 2017

This Learning Laboratory is based on the Barry Oshry’s work on system awareness enables you to really explore how productive partnership and systems working can be developed and sustained within your own context. It is a dynamic, high impact, experiential learning event, in which we create a real organisational system in the room.

During the first part of the morning, participants experienced typical power dynamics and uncovered why systems leadership is often really tricky. So much seems to get in the way – not least hierarchies, differing agendas, organisational identities and disempowering cultures.

The participants then worked together to build a shared understanding of leading across systems and for the rest of the day, focused on translating this into practice in your own contexts. The session was facilitated by Impact4

The Systems Leadership Lab equips you to:

- enhance your personal leadership effectiveness beyond within and across organisations

- relate to colleagues, partner agencies, service users and other leaders more effectively

- influence approaches to systems leadership in your stakeholder organisations

- build a shared understanding across your network of systems leadership approaches

- extend your repertoire of systems leadership skills and understanding



Organisational Development Network - 6 October 2016

Being great OD practitioners - motivation and resilience in these changing times

This event took place on 6 October 2016, which included the following;

- Building the network relationships and strengthen connections as OD practitioners   

- Provide an opportunity to find out more about and discuss the newly launched  Create a culture and leadership programme with Kiran Chauhan, Senior Development Advisor, NHS Improvement and Lola Makinde, Senior HR Advisor, East London NHS Foundation Trust   

- A Facilitated session from Kate Atkin on Being great OD practitioners - motivation and resilience in these changing times

View event programme here

Download Kiran and Lola's presentation here

Download Kate Atkin's presentation here

Conversations, Sharing Experience and Actions - 14 June 2016

OD Networking event: Conversations, Sharing Experience and Actions

This event took place on 14 June 2016, which updated participants on DoOD and National context from Paul Taylor, Assistant Director (Organisational Development) – NHS Employers. Followed by a workshop on the latest thinking, resources and development for the Healthcare Leadership Model delivered by Tracy Lonetto, Programme Lead, NHS Leadership Academy and Peter Clarke, Senior Consultant, JCA Global.

View event programme here.

Download slide deck here.

Presenting Change Confidently - 21 April 2016

Presenting Change Confidently

This event took place on 21 April 2016, which helped participants to get their change message across effectively and to follow it through to the implementation phase.  This interactive session introduced participants to the key steps to bring about effective change in the workplace and elements of language to enable them to get their message across.

The event was centred around a workshop on Presenting Change Confidently delivered by Kate Atkin of Aspire 2.

View event programme here.

Download slide deck here.

See Presenting Change Confidently handout from workshop here.

Developing Resilience in Challenging times - 16 February 2016

Developing resilience in challenging times

This event took place on 16th February 2016, addressing the theme of leading yourself through challenging times and building up resilience. 

The event was centred around a workshop on resilience and recovery by Alec Grimsley of Optimus OD, joined by Tony Derbyshire, Performance Coach for Bournemouth FC.

View event programme here.

Download slide deck here.

More information about the workshop here.