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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...

‘Tell me about you?’………

‘Tell me about you?’………

Four words that mean so much. Four words we use every day. Four words that can help us to get to know each other. Four words that can break down barriers. Four words that we can shy away from. Four words which we can be frightened of. Four words that can help to...

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...

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