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The vocation of nursing

In the aftermath of tragic events in Manchester and London, Julie Porter reflects on what is so special about nursing.

Don’t say it if you don’t mean it! Guest blogger Jacqui Francis writes on NHS race (in)equality

"If you say you are committed, why not try the Neil Armstrong approach - one small step."

Living wage is just the start in valuing home care workers

Paying a living wage to home care workers is a step in the right direction but not enough to transform the service

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

Race in the workplace: a barometer of organisational health

The NHS Providers report Leading by Example marks an important change of approach to tackling racial discrimination

Is obesity a disability? A top employment lawyer explains a new European court ruling

A new court ruling, binding on all European Union states, establishes that obesity can be a disability, whatever its cause

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

The snowy white peaks of the NHS: time to end the denial

Black and minority ethnic people are seriously under-represented in the NHS leadership, and that matters to us all

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

Big Society and fractured organisations—is HR part of the problem?

As organisations fragment, the social cost is externalised. Can 'Big Society' really solve the resulting problems?

Beyond Jobs: what if employment policy caught up with labour market reality?

Wingham Rowan calls for government to adapt their policy response to the reality that jobs for life have gone for good

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

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

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?

Why we need Radical Resilience at work

On National Stress Awareness Day, Surviving Work founder Elizabeth Cotton outlines her vision of Radical Resilience

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.

Mobilising informal economy workers for urban resilience

Workers in the informal economy and slum dwellers can be active and organised contributors to raising the triple bottom line

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.

The NHS can learn from aviation—but not from Ryanair

Aviation safety depends on getting 'human factors' right. That requires an open and just culture. The NHS needs the same.

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.

We need to talk about this: racial discrimination in NHS recruitment

Our new research report raises big questions that suggest racial discrimination in NHS recruitment. This simply has to stop.

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.

The NHS tops the league table for workplace stress. Staff and patients deserve better.

The NHS is suffering a stress epidemic. Tackling that problem should be at the heart of efforts to improve patient care.

NHS staff need support to raise concerns about care standards. Our new handbook can help.

NHS staff need practical advice about how to raise and pursue concerns about safety and standards: here it is!

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?

Never again? Roger Kline argues that Jeremy Hunt’s response to the Francis Report is inadequate.

Is the government serious about learning from Mid Staffs? Judging by its response to Francis, it doesn't look like it.

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!

Unions and the precariat: Guy Standing replies to Elizabeth Cotton

Unions must transform themselves radically to relate to the insecurities, needs and aspirations of those in the precariat.

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"?

Go West to save and improve the NHS

While the government takes steps to privatise the NHS, an inspiring lecture from Professor Michael West showed how to improve it

The catastrophe of precarious work: Elizabeth Cotton challenges Guy Standing

The idea that the 'precariat' is a new class is an obstacle not only to understanding but also to organisation

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.