“I believe passionately that trade unionism for public sector staff will not succeed unless it takes as its starting point the worker’s duty of care, so that employees and their unions become the guardians of the highest possible standards."
Roger Kline leads Public World's work on the Duty of Care of healthcare professionals, and is the author, with Shazia Khan, of our handbook on that subject.
He has unrivalled experience of industrial relations in Britain and has pioneered the development of practical responses to the ‘duty of care’ of public service professionals and their right and duty to ‘whistle blow’.
Roger has also been an outspoken campaigner against racism in the workplace, and carried out the research for our 2013 report Discrimination by Appointment, which highlighted the racially skewed record of NHS recruitment.
A co-director of the pressure group Patients First, Roger is also a visiting fellow at Middlesex University, and a former Head of Equality and Employment Rights at Britain’s University and College Union.
His vast experience of Britain's industrial relations landscape includes pay negotiations in the National Health Service, union recognition in aviation and job evaluation in higher education … in fact, he has done it all with eight different unions.
He has also served on Britain’s Ministerial NHS Work Force Task Force, the Higher Education Equality Challenge Unit and the Social Work Reform Board, and is special adviser to the Chair and chief executive of Public Concern at Work.
The author of 24 publications, including Managing Safely (1990), Freedom of Speech in the NHS (1995) and What If? Social Care Professionals and the Duty of Care (2009), Roger has designed and delivered training courses on a wide range of subjects, including health and safety, equality and employment law, and speaking and writing for union representatives. His most recent book is Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health: Challenging poor practice and its management (Sage 2012)
Roger blogs frequently for Public World, mainly on healthcare workforce issues, and tweets enthusiastically as @rogerkline.
A Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Roger is also a member of the Industrial Law Society and a graduate of Keele University with a degree in Politics, History and Economics.