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Head of Organisational Development (OD)

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£75,853 to £86,574 Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting role awaits a highly motivated seasoned OD professional.

The partnership between Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I) is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming the North London Mental Health Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

Main duties of the job

Working with the Director of Organisational Development, the post holder will have lead responsibility for the design, delivery and sustainability of all aspects of Organisational Development (OD), staff engagement, talent management and well-being whilst ensuring that all interventions linked to these areas are strategically aligned to the Partnership's organisational priorities.

About us

As a member of the learning and OD leadership team, the post holder will develop, lead on and evaluate a programme of OD interventions in accordance with the delivery of the Partnership's people and OD strategy, vision, values and desired culture to ensure that the Partnership is equipped to provide a world class patient experience and a great place to work for its staff.

The post holder manages the OD team and will ensure a planned and systematic approach to enabling sustained organisational performance through the involvement of its people.

The post holder will deputise for the Director of OD as required.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Culture Change
  • Working with the Director of OD, develop and implement the Partnerships approach to culture change and OD, ensuring alignment with the Partnerships vision, values and strategic aims.
  • Lead and enable the cultural and behavioural changes which are needed to embed and sustain performance improvement, and to create a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Develop new methodologies and appropriate interventions to improve quality and operational performance and to support local innovation and transformation measures, ensuring improvements to care are tested.
  • Provide specialist internal OD consultancy to influence the successful uptake of cultural transformation using distributed leadership as a vehicle to work with senior managers and leaders.
  • Implement coaching sessions and mentorship programs to establish a culture of continuous learning and development.
  • Identify and monitor the Partnership culture so that is supports the attainment of Partnership goals and promotes enhanced performance, increased recruitment and retention, better job satisfaction and engagement of staff.
  • Work closely with colleagues and stakeholders, and provide support to improvement initiatives, providing expert advice on how to bring about behavioural and cultural changes to support changes in processes, pathways and systems, to fully deliver and sustain impact.

Organisational Development (OD)
  • Build a 'library' of OD tools, methodologies and evidence-based research as a resource for staff and managers and ensure that good practice is disseminated across the Partnership.
  • Work with senior managers in the organisation on the delivery of key elements of the Partnerships OD requirements, as defined in the OD strategy.
  • Lead on the OD aspects of restructuring, reorganisation and other programmes of change within the Partnership.
  • Manage the design and facilitate the implementation of change management programmes to support cultural & organisational change and performance improvement in line with organisational values.
  • Design and commission high impact OD interventions including team and leadership development, workshops, action learning, seminars and master classes.
  • Carry out organisational diagnostics and analyses to identify critical OD needs and opportunities, and design appropriate support interventions.
  • Work with the Head of Workforce Planning to identify potential solutions to gaps in workforce supply and demand and develop strategies to address gaps including role redesign.
  • In partnership with the Deputy Director of Workforce Strategy and HR Business Partners, provide specialist advice in identifying potential areas for OD and business improvement, and support the HRBP and OD team to work effectively on identified initiatives and activities.

Talent Management
  • Lead on the design, implementation and oversight of the trust-wide talent management and succession planning programme of work, including the organisations appraisal scheme.

Staff Engagement and Recognition
  • Manage and oversee the annual staff survey and quarterly staff friends and family test, developing in collaboration with the Communications Team, engagement plans to promote the surveys and leading on the analysis, development of reports and plans to address areas where there are areas of development for the Partnership.
  • Jointly develop actions to be taken forward across all Divisions, in order to facilitate the ongoing enhancement of the Partnership's staff survey results, with an improvement trajectory in line with Partnership strategic objectives.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of staff recognition events, initiatives and activities to improve and maintain the Partnerships performance on staff engagement.
  • Support the Director of Workforce in the further development and implementation of the Partnership's reward benefits ensuring they are innovative and appropriate to attract and retain a high calibre workforce and position the Partnership as an employer of choice.
  • Accountability for the effective planning and monitoring of funds assigned to OD initiatives.
  • Responsible for procurement, contract management and quality assurance of commissioned OD services.
  • Work with Director of OD to ensure cost effectiveness of OD initiatives.
  • Establish processes to monitor and evaluate effectiveness and ROI (return on investment) of OD initiatives.MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Responsible for the management of the OD team and accountable for ensuring the team delivers high quality OD interventions and excellent customer care.
  • Ensure that all management activities are carried out, throughout the team, in an appropriate and timely manner e.g., recruitment, appraisal, rostering, absence and performance management.
  • Ensure supportive staff management arrangements are in place and carry out appraisals for direct reports and subsequently that all staff in the team have annual reviews resulting in specific objectives and effective personal development plans supporting organisational and service objectives.
  • Manage, performance, coach, support and challenge the team to deliver the best possible outcomes/services for the partnership.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • Graduate level education and/or professional qualification
  • Specialist OD knowledge acquired through a degree and CIPD qualification or equivalent experience
  • Management qualification or equivalent experience


  • Evidence of continuing professional Development

Skills/ Abilities


  • Ability to assimilate, analyse and interpret information and disseminate complex information or recommendations
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to synthesise and articulate highly complex information and build rapport with a diverse audience
  • Ability to manage/priorities own work and work collaboratively to achieve common goals & maximise resources
  • Ability to work in collaboration and build the capability of others through coaching and mentoring


  • Ability to work with and adjust style to a diverse healthcare population

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Significant experience and proven track record of delivering complex culture change at team and system leve
  • Working knowledge of OD theory and practice and proven experience in its application to bring about positive culture change
  • Experience in programme and project management

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to manage self and exhibit personal skills, including self-awareness, self-management and drive for improvement.
  • High levels of emotional resilience to be able to deal with the most sensitive and political issues and manage a challenging agenda
  • Politically sensitive and aware
  • Commitment to mental health improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St. Anns Hospital

St. Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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