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What We Do

A Bespoke People & OD Consultancy Firm

People are at the core of any organisation: whether as frontline healthcare practitioners working across a major NHS Trust, dedicated teams driving change in third sector organisations, or as entrepreneurial colleagues driving business forward, success relies on the performance of individuals and teams.

In the post-Covid era of volatility, uncertainty, and economic pressure, old issues have been exacerbated and new ones have emerged, placing the focus clearly on effective people and team management. HR and workforce issues impact not only the culture of an organisation, but its ability to function effectively.

Meeting these critical challenges is key to the future of many of the UK’s most important organisations and institutions- from
the NHS and beyond. Yet tackling these challenges can feel like an uphill struggle. Pressure comes from both outside and inside the
organisation, and solutions need to be palatable, tangible, long lasting and cost effective.

These challenges can only be solved by selecting an expert partner who can work alongside you in genuine partnership, understanding the unique pressures of complex organisations, and collaborating with you to tackle these issues head on.

Our Values


When we say we’re going  to deliver, we mean it, and we don’t run away when things get tough. We stay until the job is done and we look to add value for our clients wherever we can.


We are not a consultancy firm that produces cookie cutter solutions for our clients. We deliver something that not only addresses the challenge of today, but which can continue to be delivered within the organisation, by the organisation, for years to come – this is our goal.


We take extra pride in our professional approach and the integrity that our team has. This means that when we say we’re going to do something, we’ll do it to the highest standard we can, and we will always endeavour to do the right thing for the good of our clients, their organisations and the end users they serve.

Our Services

Managing Significant Change

We have demonstrable experience of achieving transformational change in complex organisations. We can support you with problem solving at highest level and assist you with leading sustainable transformational change. This includes, but is not limited to, re-structuring, redundancy, cost improvement plans, implementing skill mix and grade changes, and organisational development advice and support.

Individual & Team Development

We have worked closely with the Board, senior teams and operational teams to embed vision, values and behaviours to help you shape your organisation. Dearden HR has experience with developing management capability to improve the quality of leadership. We can lead the implementation of management and leadership development programmes to ensure that that managers are equipped with the core skills they need to effectively manage and lead. We also ensure the Trust has an active talent pool underpinned by succession planning and talent management mechanisms.

Employee Relations
We have the ability and experience to help you manage highly complex and difficult situations where there is often conflict. We have a track record of building positive relationships with Trade Unions, Executive Board members and employees to deliver solutions. Dearden HR strategies have resulted in good and effective employee relations through facilitating genuine partnership between staff, trade unions and professional organisations.
Mediation & Conflict Resolution

We understand that working relationships can sometimes become strained. Dearden can help by offering mediation or facilitated discussions between individuals and small groups. Facilitative discussions may be used between individuals and parties where there are matters of mutual concern which impact on their working life. Mediation, however, is a voluntary, confidential process that enables two or more disputing parties to resolve a conflict with the help of a neutral third party. Contact Dearden HR for a free no obligation consultation today.

Clinical Productivity Solutions

NHS Trusts are facing unprecedented challenge to make productivity efficiencies and release savings whilst maintaining quality. Key to this is unlocking the productivity potential in the clinical workforce.

Kingsgate and Dearden HR have a proven track record of delivering improved clinical productivity with significant cost out opportunities.

A combined taskforce from both Kingsgate and Dearden HR are deployed into your organisation to work with the clinical teams and management to develop a picture of each speciality and help the Trust work through any complex HR issues that may need to be addressed as part of the review.