“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 researched and drafted, with Shazia Khan of Bindman's solicitors, our handbook Duty of Care of healthcare professionals.
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 visiting fellow at Middlesex University, and a former Head of Equality and Employment Rights at Britain’s University and College Union, he also wrote the report Snowy White Peaks of the NHS, based on his research into the composition of NHS Trust boards.
A co-director of Patients First, Roger 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)
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.