News & Blog
7/3/17: Richard Wilson blogs about his conversation with Brendan on the introduction of Buurtzorg to the UK.
9/9/16: Want to learn about Buurtzorg? Explore the case studies and research in our repository of resources:
20/6/16: As NHS leaders hear they will have to manage without more money, Buurtzorg demonstrates integration led by front-line staff...
17/2/16: A recent report from the NHS Confederation adds to the growing evidence that radical change is needed
12/8/15: Care certificate for front line staff will not mend a broken system
23/7/15: Buurtzorg founder Jos de Blok was joined by Howard Catton of RCN, Caroline Alexander of NHS England and Colin Angell of UKHCA
22/6/15: "If you say you are committed, why not try the Neil Armstrong approach - one small step."
14/6/15: Rooting new kinds of public service in new kinds of relationships
19/5/15: As the gap between resource supply and service demand widens, Brendan Martin reflects on what makes good leadership
11/5/15: Paying a living wage to home care workers is a step in the right direction but not enough to transform the service
29/4/15: Adult Community Services at Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust are showing the way in co-production
22/4/15: Public World's new project to improve seafarers' welfare
23/3/15: Assumptions that wage workers employed by Fairtrade employers benefit from the scheme are false, research shows.
12/2/15: Promises to protect whistleblowers are welcome but the culture change needed to realise the Francis vision demands much more
23/1/15: The NHS Providers report Leading by Example marks an important change of approach to tackling racial discrimination
14/1/15: Public World services to support the NHS in creating organisational cultures that value autonomy, dignity and pluralism
19/12/14: A new court ruling, binding on all European Union states, establishes that obesity can be a disability, whatever its cause
12/12/14: Integrated health and social care means reimagining home care services and much wider and more systematic local collaboration
5/12/14: How do social norms and mental models shape individual and collection action, and what does that mean for policy and practice?
2/12/14: Jeremy Hunt is promising more nurses and less competition in community services. He's right -- and here's how it can deliver
23/10/14: There is so much promise in NHS England's Five Year Forward View. Home care services could hold the key to making it a reality
20/10/14: If NHS staff are to lead the battle against obesity it is time to focus on improving their own wellbeing and engagement
10/10/14: Public World is conducting a survey on behalf of the NHS Leadership Academy and the Foundation Trust Network
13/8/14: The renewed focus on mental illness after the death of Robin Williams has both positive and negative features.
15/7/14: Mixing up evidence about staff engagement in the NHS with employee ownership in private companies is unhelpful.
11/7/14: "Everybody’s stories are heavily entwined with the oppressive cultural norms many of us say we are trying to dismantle."
29/5/14: Two recent reports show that there are both positive and negative drivers and effects of increasing self-employment
22/5/14: Development Impact Bonds were supposed to be the next big thing. But do they give power to the right people?
15/4/14: The ideological debate about privatisation and outsourcing obscures the real lessons of experience
11/4/14: Black and minority ethnic people are seriously under-represented in the NHS leadership, and that matters to us all
8/4/14: Britain's coalition government wants to drive up productivity in social care. It can be done, and it needn't be nasty.
2/4/14: A new report shows that more than half of British women surveyed have suffered recent bullying -- and for minorities it's worse.
31/3/14: As long as working people are seen as a cost to development rather than its agents there will be no holistic policy.
27/3/14: Six months after the launch of the Development Impact Bonds idea there are still none in operation.
26/3/14: The NHS staff survey shows especially low morale in the ambulance service. What can be done about it?
28/2/14: If NHS staff were more systematically involved in planning and implementing decisions every day would be NHS Change Day
4/2/14: The challenge of making the cultural changes demanded by the Francis Report remain, but we now know more about how to do it.
31/1/14: As organisations fragment, the social cost is externalised. Can 'Big Society' really solve the resulting problems?
22/1/14: Just when the case for privatisation and outsourcing has never been so weak let's get the public ownership message right
15/1/14: An important new report from the Point of Care foundations highlights that better healthcare requires better staff engagement
13/1/14: Wingham Rowan calls for government to adapt their policy response to the reality that jobs for life have gone for good
8/1/14: Lawyers fighting legal aid cuts undermine their argument with spurious claims about relative merit
12/12/13: The NICE review of safe staffing levels must be genuinely based on evidence and consultation, as Robert Francis recommended
25/11/13: Three big steps in the last week could mean the beginning of the end for the current model of home care in Britain
15/11/13: We need big thinking but to combine innovation with democratic accountability in public services we also need to think small
7/11/13: A new TUC report shows occupational segmentation is more gendered now than 20 years ago. What can be done?
6/11/13: On National Stress Awareness Day, Surviving Work founder Elizabeth Cotton outlines her vision of Radical Resilience
26/10/13: It's time to learn that the NHS needs total quality management, says leading healthcare commentator Roy Lilley.
21/10/13: Employee representation on company boards is a vital form of worker voice but the route to workplace democracy must vary.
15/10/13: Workers in the informal economy and slum dwellers can be active and organised contributors to raising the triple bottom line
25/9/13: Britain's fragmented railway combines the worst caricatures of public and private. What we need is the best qualities of both.
12/9/13: The NHS staff survey reveals strong evidence of dissastifaction among ambulance staff. What is being done about it?
9/9/13: A new survey has shown shocking -- but far from surprising -- evidence that the voices of NHS staff must be heard more clearly
20/8/13: As Francis showed, when hospitals are under pressure to cut budgets there is a strong temptation to get the skills mix wrong.
19/8/13: New technology linked to innovation in working practices could improve services -- but only if staff and passengers are engaged.
17/7/13: The real lessons about how the NHS can improve are being lost in the political ping pong
2/7/13: Aviation safety depends on getting 'human factors' right. That requires an open and just culture. The NHS needs the same.
24/6/13: A review panel chaired by the South African planning minister is highly critical of the World Bank's Doing Business report
14/6/13: This is Part 2 of a blog entitled “Bullying: the silent epidemic in the NHS"
14/6/13: Equating people and profit makes no sense. Sustainability means deciding which is the master and which the servant.
3/6/13: Our new research report raises big questions that suggest racial discrimination in NHS recruitment. This simply has to stop.
3/6/13: We need to find ways to offer employed people more of the benefits of freelancing -- and vice versa.
20/5/13: British public sector workers are more fearful than ever -- except where change is managed with staff involvement.
15/5/13: In the first part of a series on bullying in the NHS, Roger Kline looks at the scale of the problem and how it has grown.
2/5/13: The NHS is suffering a stress epidemic. Tackling that problem should be at the heart of efforts to improve patient care.
23/4/13: NHS staff need practical advice about how to raise and pursue concerns about safety and standards: here it is!
11/4/13: Margaret Thatcher's carer kept the former British PM's mind going. Shouldn't all older people be entitled to that support?
8/4/13: Is the government serious about learning from Mid Staffs? Judging by its response to Francis, it doesn't look like it.
4/4/13: The Institute of Fundraising aims to influence government charity policy. Here's our idea: pay your interns!
27/3/13: Unions must transform themselves radically to relate to the insecurities, needs and aspirations of those in the precariat.
27/3/13: How can employee involvement contribute to better standards, resource use and job satisfaction in the NHS?
27/3/13: The British government has appointed Don Berwick to advise on patient safety. Did they realise what he stands for?
13/3/13: Born out of political violence in Kenya, Nairobi-based social enterprise Ushahidi has developed its mapping work internationally
12/3/13: Shouldn't the United Nations be setting a good global example about justice for young workers? So why no pay for its "interns"?
11/3/13: What kind of leadership does the NHS need? A former Health Secretary and a doctor point the way.
1/3/13: While the government takes steps to privatise the NHS, an inspiring lecture from Professor Michael West showed how to improve it
21/2/13: The idea that the 'precariat' is a new class is an obstacle not only to understanding but also to organisation
19/2/13: NHS staff feel under attack, but if they take it out on campaigners for better services we will all be losers
14/2/13: A stimulating Valentine's Day message from an Oxford management professor sets a challenge to left and right.
6/2/13: The public inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal showed the need for culture change -- but will the report deliver it?
10/1/13: The 150-year history of the world's first underground railway parallels that of the changing meaning of 'public service'.
13/12/12: The economic crisis has caused both job losses and wage reductions among both formally and informally employed workers
10/12/12: Jeff Sachs says global institutions should set goals that link economic, social and environmental sustainability. Is he right?
5/12/12: Privatisation and deregulation of Britain's schools is leading to a growing number of children losing education and protection.
30/11/12: Recent data from the new NHS Commissioning Board show that white applicants to its positions are far more likely to succeed
22/11/12: In this Anti-Bullying Week, let's remember that staff are not the only victims
15/11/12: Britain's NHS Employers support the government-backed Engage for Success. But what do they mean by 'employee engagement'?
14/11/12: Ford led the private transport revolution in the 20th Century. Will it really lead a public transport revolution in the 21st?
9/11/12: If every care worker received the living wage the implications for public finance and services would be truly radical
6/11/12: Just because the private sector creates most jobs doesn't mean that if the private sector grows good jobs will follow.
29/10/12: With the BBC Panorama programme today exposing yet another mistreatment scandal, we ask: why is whistleblowing still so risky?
24/10/12: The 2013 Doing Business Report says less regulation means more jobs, contradicting the 2013 World Development Report!
22/10/12: Less than a year after its takeover of Hinchingbrooke health trust, falling performance and staff cuts are bad signs.
12/10/12: Sexual abuse allegations against the late BBC presenter have not shocked all nurses. So why didn't anyone whistleblow?
8/10/12: Former World Bank staffer Steve Commins argues for more political economy analysis about winners and losers in job creation
5/10/12: Britain's NHS is often not a safe place to raise concerns about patient care or poor practice or financial skulduggery
2/10/12: The World Bank published its 2013 World Development Report, on Jobs, on 1st October. Here we have our say and invite yours.
19/9/12: A quarter of a century after I went part-time to care for my young children, why is it still exceptional for men to do that?
15/5/12: If you are interested in how cities can grow in ways that provide livelihoods for all, don’t miss this important online debate.
10/5/12: The British government refuses to publish its own risk assessment of its health care reforms. What is it determined to hide?