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Social care demands so much more than funding

During the UK general election citizens rather than politicians have shown the spirit of social care

The vocation of nursing

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Improving staff engagement does not require employee ownership of the NHS

Mixing up evidence about staff engagement in the NHS with employee ownership in private companies is unhelpful.

[R]evolution Road – travelling the terrains of creativity, power and love

"Everybody’s stories are heavily entwined with the oppressive cultural norms many of us say we are trying to dismantle."

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

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.

999 for the ambulance service?

The NHS staff survey shows especially low morale in the ambulance service. What can be done about it?

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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

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.

The ambulance service: what about the workers?

The NHS staff survey reveals strong evidence of dissastifaction among ambulance staff. What is being done about it?

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.

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.

Bullying: the silent epidemic in the NHS

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.

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?

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.

Social enterprise working for democracy and humanitarian relief

Born out of political violence in Kenya, Nairobi-based social enterprise Ushahidi has developed its mapping work internationally

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"?

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.

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.

How do power relations affect job creation?

Former World Bank staffer Steve Commins argues for more political economy analysis about winners and losers in job creation

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?