Organisational Development (OD) of Practitioners

CLIC helps to support the organisational development (OD) of practitioners, as illustrated by the example below.

In October 2016, CLIC employed two new members of staff on a Secondment, as 'Organisational Development Facilitators for the Success Regime'.  This is their journey; their development and story through their eyes.

In 1997, I began my studies towards becoming a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and in 2001 I began my position within the Cumbria SLT department.

Fresh out of education, and keen to share the successful ideas I had seen working in my first job, I soon began to feel like it wasn't my place to make suggestions or ask questions; sadly this fitted rather too well with my people pleasing personality and, as such, at the time my early enthusiasm was replaced by confusion and anxiety ...

15 years on and only just beginning to grow in confidence beyond my clinical skills, I was introduced to the CLIC training programme by a friend who worked non-clinically for the NHS.   

Having attended workshops in the Cumbria Production System, Leadership and Coaching I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel, a tunnel that had seen me consider leaving clinical practice many times, dabble in private work and in fairness seen my personal resilience suffer more than I had realised.

This was also when I realised I was part of the problem …

I was buying into some of the cultural dissonance …

‘Everything has been tried before’

‘There’s no money for improvement’

‘There are reasons why things can’t happen differently, but they are too complex for ‘us’ to understand’

‘We’re too busy seeing patients to look at our systems and processes and team dynamics!’

‘It’s not our place to make suggestions, things happen for a reason’

And the most terrifying of all … 

‘They will never allow it’

And so, with some trepidation I approached my line manager and suggested that I would like to apply for a secondment as an ‘Organisational Development Facilitator for the Success Regime’.

With genuinely only the vaguest idea what the role would really entail, I just knew it was an opportunity to gain support, to become justified in my desire to make things work better and to understand the ways and means to achieve the improvements I had been told was not a priority and didn’t produce the figures ‘They’ demanded.

The interview for the post was worth the application in itself – I quickly forgot I was being assessed and thoroughly enjoyed manipulating plastic cups with a group of strangers and illustrating a timeline of the various highs and lows of life that had brought me to this point …! 

To my delight I was offered the job.