Enhancing wellbeing of patients & staff with the Buurtzorg model

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Oxford Brookes University

Room JHB 208, John Henry Brookes Building

Headington Campus

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Prof Fiona Ross CBE, Kingston University
Brendan Martin, Buurtzorg Britain and Ireland
Prof Mary Malone, Oxford Brookes University

Join us to explore the evidence for improvements in patient care and staff wellbeing in UK community health projects based on the Buurtzorg model from the Netherlands. This event will also launch the Nursing Now campaign in Oxford, and we will discuss future activities.

About Nursing Now

Launched in February 2018, Nursing Now aims to empower nurses so that they can make an even greater contribution to improving health globally. Nursing Now places particular emphasis on extending nursing influence over policy, developing leadership, and building a stronger evidence base to understand the triple impact of nursing on health, women’s empowerment, and the economy. Supported by the WHO and the International Council of Nurses, the campaign aims to raise the profile and status of nurses and midwives across the globe. By joining this campaign, the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery wishes to ensure our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge that will give them a career of a lifetime, maximising their potential and giving real meaning to the work they do. For further information see: https://www.who.int/hrh/news/2018/nursing_now_campaign/en/

About the Thames Valley Wellbeing Network

The Thames Valley Wellbeing Network is for everyone who works in health & social care in the Thames Valley, and is supported by Health Education England. Eight network meetings are planned this year, featuring themes and speakers suggested by the members. Contact tvwellnet@brookes.ac.uk to join the list, or follow the blog at https://tvwellnet.home.blog/

About Buurtzorg

Starting with a team of just four nurses in 2007, the Buurtzorg model was founded as an antidote to the fragmented methods of community care prevailing in the Netherlands at that time. Jos de Blok and three colleagues sought to simplify community health care processes through a slimmed-down, flat organisational model. By focussing on helping clients to support themselves at home and promoting client independence, the total number of hours of care delivered were reduced.

Buurtzorg nurses work in a team of 12 in one neighbourhood, taking care of clients as well managing the team’s work. The team decide how they organise the work, share responsibilities and make decisions. All the nurses have tablet PCs running Buurtzorg’s own software, using categories based on the Omaha System Taxonomy of health care.

The Buurtzorg approach has proved popular with nurses and clients. Buurtzorg Netherlands now has over 10,000 nurses and nursing assistants working in 850 self-managing teams, supported by 15 coaches, and 45 back office staff. We will explore how the Buurtzorg model has been applied in the UK to date. For more info see https://buurtzorg.org.uk/

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