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Beyond the Self Management Hype

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

Buurtzorg repository of resources

Want to learn about Buurtzorg? Explore the case studies and research in our repository of resources:

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...

Growing Old Together—the challenge facing us all

A recent report from the NHS Confederation adds to the growing evidence that radical change is needed

Relieving the ‘stress and strain’ in social care

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

Collaboration for radical change in public services and international development

Rooting new kinds of public service in new kinds of relationships

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

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

The NHS Five Year Forward View: where are home care providers and their staff?

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

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.

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.

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

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

Inspection doesn’t work! NHS needs TQM not CQC, writes Roy Lilley

It's time to learn that the NHS needs total quality management, says leading healthcare commentator Roy Lilley.

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

Should health care assistants be less regulated than vets?

As Francis showed, when hospitals are under pressure to cut budgets there is a strong temptation to get the skills mix wrong.

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.

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?

Defensive denial won’t save the NHS—Roger Kline’s blog

NHS staff feel under attack, but if they take it out on campaigners for better services we will all be losers

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?

Britain’s school reforms are leaving vulnerable children in the shadows

Privatisation and deregulation of Britain's schools is leading to a growing number of children losing education and protection.

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

Workplace bullying in health and social care: bad for staff, worse for the people they serve

In this Anti-Bullying Week, let's remember that staff are not the only victims

‘Employee engagement’: control or empowerment?

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

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

Whistleblowing: publicly encouraged but still dangerous

With the BBC Panorama programme today exposing yet another mistreatment scandal, we ask: why is whistleblowing still so risky?

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.

The price of misplaced loyalty

Britain's NHS is often not a safe place to raise concerns about patient care or poor practice or financial skulduggery

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?