Organisational Development

“Organisation development (OD) can be seen as an overarching umbrella to include and embrace all of the thinking about the behavioural aspects of people involved in changing and developing organisations.” - Burke & Bradford (2005)


Many of the 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. 

The Academy supports OD practitioners across the region and hosts the North East OD Network (NEON) where members arrange events to share best practice. NEON encourages individuals involved with OD from across the region to connect, share resources and good practice. It also ensures the north east is represented and information shared. The network is facilitated by Dr. Maxine Craig, an NHS North East Leadership Academy Associate and board member of ODN Europe

The network arranges a broad programme of events including workshops and masterclasses for OD professionals to develop their skills. These events are publicised on the Academy’s website, under Events.

Academy team members, OD associates and a wide network of contacts are also available to undertake bespoke OD interventions at the request of sponsoring organisations. This ranges from diagnostics, team development, providing additional capacity/capability, and an external perspective for organisational change projects.

For information and to book a place on our programmes and events for Organisational Development Practitioners please visit our Events page. 

To download an application for the Intro to OD programme please click here

Please contact us to find out more.

Download the OD Toolkit created by the NHS North West Leadership Academy.


OD Community Network Meetings

During this year the NELA OD network members will have the opportunity to come together three times. 

These sessions aim to enable members to reconnect, share practice and learn together. Each day is planned around a theme with a keynote speaker providing a ‘thought leadership provocation’ which is followed  by time and space for members to work together using self-organising principles.
In our first session we will be focusing upon the theme of resilience building and maintenance at all levels of the system. The session will be provoked by Dr Mandi Sherlock-Storey of the NHS North East Leadership Academy.

The next meetings all take place from 10am to 3pm and are scheduled for:

- 26 October 2017 - Click here to book

- 4 January 2018

- 14 March 2018

Meetings take place at Palatine House (A690), Durham, DH1 1TW

Please note: Lunch is NOT be provided for these sessions, please bring your own. Tea/Coffee breaks will be catered for.