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Reflections, hopes & above all, festive greetings to you all!

Reflections, hopes & above all, festive greetings to you all!

As the year draws to a close we find ourselves reflecting on the last 12 months, as we did last December, with mixed emotions. We know that work continues to fight COVID, to ramp up the vaccination programme and to address the huge treatment backlog that's grown...

Can you commission friendship?

Can you commission friendship?

This year I took part in the 2021 Caring Places Festival, hosted by Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland. The day explored what a caring place can look like, and specifically what the health and care system’s role is in creating caring places. It is already becoming a cliché...

‘People at the heart of care’: how Buurtzorg does it

‘People at the heart of care’: how Buurtzorg does it

The UK government yesterday published its “ambitious 10-year vision for how we will transform support and care in England”. We are glad that it presents the Buurtzorg way as an example of how that vision can be realised. The White Paper, People at the Heart of Care,...

The status quo is not an option: primary care must change

The status quo is not an option: primary care must change

A few weeks ago a Manchester GP and three of his staff were hospitalised by a violent attack in their surgery. A 59-year-old man was arrested and so I won’t say any more about that incident. But I do want to talk about the pressures that are stoking anger and despair...

“Health and social care begins at home.” Who knew?

“Health and social care begins at home.” Who knew?

“Health – and social care – begins at home. Family first, then community, then the state.” So said Sajid Javid at the Conservative Party conference. It would be easier to enjoy the mirth his statement stimulated if it weren’t that it also sparked even more...

Why I am worried about the future

Why I am worried about the future

Yesterday, with family, I scattered the ashes of my late grandfather, so he was at last laid to rest with my grandmother. It was a sombre but funny thing to do, we know he would have laughed at us in many ways for making a fuss and doing it in the rain. He had a funny...

Join the growing coalition for change!

Join the growing coalition for change!

“Don’t we all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for each other, doing the things that matter to us?” That’s the vision articulated by Social Care Future and we in Buurtzorg share it. In...

The future of social care depends on all of us

The future of social care depends on all of us

Some say it’s a step forward that the United Kingdom government has finally addressed the challenge of social care funding. Others say the planned tax changes are so regressive as to be unsupportable. Both points are valid, but I say that if there is one conclusion to...

Caregiving is more than a social safety net

Caregiving is more than a social safety net

" . . . reform should build on the emerging evidence that community-based approaches can create better care and jobs at lower cost" says Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland's Brendan Martin in this letter of his, which was recently featured in the Financial Times. It...

Ten years on: things I learned by caring for my mum

Ten years on: things I learned by caring for my mum

On this date 10 years ago, at 1.42 in the morning, my mother Betty Martin took her last breath as I held her hand in Lewisham Hospital, south east London. She had taken her first nearly 88 years earlier in Dunmanway, west Cork. I have spent much of the decade since...

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