HR and OD professionals have a key role to play

Human resources (HR) and organisational development (OD) professionals are critical to the NHS and will play a unique professional role in driving the implementation of this plan, whatever the size of organisation they work in.

They can help the NHS attract and retain more people, embed a compassionate and inclusive culture, create an increasingly multidisciplinary and adaptive workforce, and drive different and more flexible working practices. Professionals leading HR and OD work also play a crucial role in smaller organisations and in primary care.

To enable people professionals to maximise their contribution in this transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement will establish a diverse steering group of senior NHS leaders and experts from a range of sectors to support the Chief People Officer’s review of HR and OD, which will report by the end of 2020/21.