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Caring Places, Building Healthy Communities – A new plan

Caring Places, Building Healthy Communities – A new plan

When my colleagues and I sat down towards the end of last year to plan our first national conference, little did we know that our chosen theme would have such life and death significance just three months later. We chose the title Caring Places – Building Healthy...

The good old days . . .

The good old days . . .

Often, I hear my grandfather say that ‘it’s not like it was in my day’ as if that is a good thing. For me that conjures thoughts of world wars, rationing, coal mines, disease, tenements and a serious lack of technology. However, recently I have been aware of some...

Not so much a blueprint as a guide to creativity

Not so much a blueprint as a guide to creativity

Since we began supporting Buurtzorg-inspired change in British health and adult social care four years ago, many children’s social workers and managers have urged us to apply the same knowledge and experience to their sector. As a small social enterprise with no core...

Highlights from our Buurtzorg Founder Visit

Highlights from our Buurtzorg Founder Visit

At the end of November we were honored to welcome Buurtzorg Nederland founders Jos de Blok and Gonnie Kronenberg and their foundation's supervisory board for two days of meetings with us in London. We explored progress in the Transforming Integrated Care in the...

Trust is a two-way street

Trust is a two-way street

“Too many eyes, not enough hands.” That is the quote – describing the children’s social work environment -- that resonated most at the London launch of A Blueprint for Children’s Social Care: Unlocking the potential of social work this week. The booklet, to which I...

Enabling Life Not a Service by Brendan Martin

Enabling Life Not a Service by Brendan Martin

“We want commissioners and providers to be inspired by all the creative providers … They are examples of how people are being given the opportunity to enable a life not a service.” So says Clenton Farquharson, chair of Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), launching its...

The man who read his newspaper upside down By Paul Jansen

The man who read his newspaper upside down By Paul Jansen

Aretta had been working with her client for a few days now. Jack was a typical case of a slightly lonely, elderly man in the London borough, with a range of support needs. Not seriously ill, just in need of some help every so often, and Aretta had become his ‘first...

Leadership for People Powered Health by Brendan Martin

Leadership for People Powered Health by Brendan Martin

What does ‘leadership’ mean as we shift from treating people as passive recipients of health and care services to building communities that support us all to live the best lives we can? That was the underlying theme – from my point of view, at least -- of the highly...

What could Buurtzorg do for social work? By Brendan Martin

What could Buurtzorg do for social work? By Brendan Martin

Three or so years ago a senior social work manager in London contacted me and suggested we publish anonymously a blog he had written that began: “Freedom and responsibility are inextricably linked. One cannot have freedom without responsibility. Sadly, many health and...

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