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The butcher, the baker & the candlestick maker & why they mattered!

The butcher, the baker & the candlestick maker & why they mattered!

As I sat having a socially distanced cup of tea with my 75-year-old dad a few weekends ago, we found ourselves talking about his best friend’s mum. I had known her as ‘nanna’ because she had spent a lot of time looking after my dad when he was younger, as his own mum...

Falling through the social care net

Falling through the social care net

Our team at Public World partnered with Buurtzorg to found Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland for a reason: because we believe that the way in which Buurtzorg has transformed care at home in the Netherlands should inspire and inform a much better way of doing things in...

Our social care system can’t be fixed. It needs to be rebuilt.

Our social care system can’t be fixed. It needs to be rebuilt.

Sir Keir Starmer, MP, the leader of the British Labour Party, told its virtual conference this week: “Our care workers are heroes. But the social care system in Britain is a disgrace to a rich nation.” He went on to point out that Conservative governments of the last...

A neighbour with an interesting life, just sitting on a couch

A neighbour with an interesting life, just sitting on a couch

Neighbourhood care, what’s in the name? Do you know if there is any neighbourhood care where you live? And who is providing for whom? In Buurtzorg the name neighbourhood is included in the brand name of the organisation, meant to describe the radius of the work field....

The NHS People Plan: Closing the Credibility Gap

The NHS People Plan: Closing the Credibility Gap

There is much to welcome in We Are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 - Action for us all, published last week by NHS England, such as its commitment to flexible working, apprenticeships, adequate rest time and facilities for staff, and more. Even so, the report left me...

Our recommended reading for the summer holidays!

Our recommended reading for the summer holidays!

In our thinking about Caring Places – Building Healthy Communities, we are learning a lot from three books – two hot off the press, the other published two years ago but increasingly resonant – about the roles of community and public services in promoting health and...

Can companies operate better without managers?

Can companies operate better without managers?

In this BBC podcast released on the 2nd June, Dina Newman discusses whether companies can operate better without managers as part of their 'People Fixing the World' series. It looks at the amazing results that can be achieved where self-management is introduced...

What’s Love Got To Do With it?

What’s Love Got To Do With it?

You have to be quite a courageous person to talk about love in a meeting. You have to be a really really courageous leader to talk about love in a meeting with other leaders! I’ve tried to do it quite a few times in various situations and very rarely does it land...

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...

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