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Brendan Martin

Beyond the Self Management Hype

Richard Wilson blogs about his conversation with Brendan on the introduction of Buurtzorg to the UK.

Person centred care—from rhetoric to reality

As NHS leaders hear they will have to manage without more money, Buurtzorg demonstrates integration led by front-line staff...

Relieving the ‘stress and strain’ in social care

Care certificate for front line staff will not mend a broken system

Creative leadership through tough times

As the gap between resource supply and service demand widens, Brendan Martin reflects on what makes good leadership

Co-production demands radical rethinking of the health and social care workforce

Adult Community Services at Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust are showing the way in co-production

Learning from Francis: Culture change and staff involvement in the NHS

Promises to protect whistleblowers are welcome but the culture change needed to realise the Francis vision demands much more

Integrated community services demands co-design of relationship-based home care

Jeremy Hunt is promising more nurses and less competition in community services. He's right -- and here's how it can deliver

Staff wellbeing and engagement will make or break NHS England’s Five Year Forward View

If NHS staff are to lead the battle against obesity it is time to focus on improving their own wellbeing and engagement

Yes, depression is an illness, but prevention is better and cheaper than treatment

The renewed focus on mental illness after the death of Robin Williams has both positive and negative features.

The ups and downs of self-employment

Two recent reports show that there are both positive and negative drivers and effects of increasing self-employment

Productivity in social care services: innovating for better jobs, service and resource use

Britain's coalition government wants to drive up productivity in social care. It can be done, and it needn't be nasty.

Enough anti-PC jokes: women who are black, LGBT or have a disability are bullied more.

A new report shows that more than half of British women surveyed have suffered recent bullying -- and for minorities it's worse.

Death on the roads is an epidemic: better jobs for transport workers is part of the cure.

As long as working people are seen as a cost to development rather than its agents there will be no holistic policy.

How to make every day NHS Change Day

If NHS staff were more systematically involved in planning and implementing decisions every day would be NHS Change Day

One year on from Francis: how much has changed in the NHS?

The challenge of making the cultural changes demanded by the Francis Report remain, but we now know more about how to do it.

Caroline Lucas MP is wrong: the Public Service Users Bill is a bad idea

Just when the case for privatisation and outsourcing has never been so weak let's get the public ownership message right

This might hurt a bit: staff engagement and care standards in the NHS

An important new report from the Point of Care foundations highlights that better healthcare requires better staff engagement

Why should a junior lawyer earn more than a train driver?

Lawyers fighting legal aid cuts undermine their argument with spurious claims about relative merit

Safe staffing and skill mix: a hot topic for the NHS in 2014

The NICE review of safe staffing levels must be genuinely based on evidence and consultation, as Robert Francis recommended

Home care of older people: the revolution has started!

Three big steps in the last week could mean the beginning of the end for the current model of home care in Britain

Think big, act small: Roberto Unger’s vision and piecemeal change

We need big thinking but to combine innovation with democratic accountability in public services we also need to think small

Fixing the gender jobs split: are we starting from the right end?

A new TUC report shows occupational segmentation is more gendered now than 20 years ago. What can be done?

No such thing as ‘the German model’: principles are universal, but routes must vary.

Employee representation on company boards is a vital form of worker voice but the route to workplace democracy must vary.

Could we have a sane railway system, please?

Britain's fragmented railway combines the worst caricatures of public and private. What we need is the best qualities of both.

Why NHS staff involvement is essential to improving care

A new survey has shown shocking -- but far from surprising -- evidence that the voices of NHS staff must be heard more clearly

Would closing ticket offices improve London Underground?

New technology linked to innovation in working practices could improve services -- but only if staff and passengers are engaged.

Doing Business as usual? Not if the World Bank listens to Trevor Manuel

A review panel chaired by the South African planning minister is highly critical of the World Bank's Doing Business report

The B Team say they want to change the world. Great, but don’t let them rule it.

Equating people and profit makes no sense. Sustainability means deciding which is the master and which the servant.

Freedom and security at work: can we have both?

We need to find ways to offer employed people more of the benefits of freelancing -- and vice versa.

The climate of fear in Britain’s public sector—and how to change it

British public sector workers are more fearful than ever -- except where change is managed with staff involvement.

How a social carer was “God’s gift” to Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher's carer kept the former British PM's mind going. Shouldn't all older people be entitled to that support?

Are charities and their funders fair to interns?

The Institute of Fundraising aims to influence government charity policy. Here's our idea: pay your interns!

Why does the UN think young professionals should not be paid?

Shouldn't the United Nations be setting a good global example about justice for young workers? So why no pay for its "interns"?

Fixing capitalism means fixing the firm - Brendan Martin’s blog

A stimulating Valentine's Day message from an Oxford management professor sets a challenge to left and right.

Francis: good in parts, but be careful what you wish for

The public inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal showed the need for culture change -- but will the report deliver it?

London Underground at 150: the best and worst of public-private partnerships

The 150-year history of the world's first underground railway parallels that of the changing meaning of 'public service'.

Sustainable Development Goals: is this the post-2015 agenda?

Jeff Sachs says global institutions should set goals that link economic, social and environmental sustainability. Is he right?

Why is NHS staffing black at the bottom and white at the top?

Recent data from the new NHS Commissioning Board show that white applicants to its positions are far more likely to succeed

‘Employee engagement’: control or empowerment?

Britain's NHS Employers support the government-backed Engage for Success. But what do they mean by 'employee engagement'?

Quality Public Transport: key to urban sustainability

Ford led the private transport revolution in the 20th Century. Will it really lead a public transport revolution in the 21st?

The care worker philanthropists who each give us £100,000

If every care worker received the living wage the implications for public finance and services would be truly radical

Circle Health: bringing social enterprise into disrepute?

Less than a year after its takeover of Hinchingbrooke health trust, falling performance and staff cuts are bad signs.

Paternal leave for child care: how much has changed in 25 years?

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?