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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...

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Work. A Blog by Brendan Martin

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Work. A Blog by Brendan Martin

May has been a month of perpetual motion for me, and as it comes to a close I realise it has brought growing evidence that my wonderful team and I are part of an unstoppable movement for change in the way we all support each other in our communities and at work. It is...

Health and Social Care Leaders Inspired by Buurtzorg

Health and Social Care Leaders Inspired by Buurtzorg

Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland held its Inspiration Workshop to an international audience of health and social care leaders in London last week. Building on the experience gained by working with NHS Trusts and local authorities across the country, the workshop was...

Support for Coaches

Support for Coaches

As part of the TICC programme, Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland and other UK partners have attended a Coaching Workshop in Utrecht delivered by Buurtzorg Netherlands. Buurtzorg breaks the usual mould of manager and a team of subordinates to replace it with the concept of...

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