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Jos De Blok

Jos de Blok is the founder and CEO of Buurtzorg (neighborhood nursing). Founded in 2006 with one team of four nurses, Buurtzorg has transformed home-based health care in the Netherlands and it has created an innovative method for nursing care at home.

Jos de Blok is a nurse by education and considered a change agent when it comes to the organization of community based (home) care. Before he established Buurtzorg he had several senior management positions in home care organizations including director Innovations for medical services.
He is a globally recognized keynote speaker, changemaker and visionary.

As a community based and client centered organization, Buurtzorg connects highly qualified licensed nurses and clients to create positive and proactive solutions that are effective, holistic, and sustainable.

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Buurtzorg (neighborhood nursing)

Buurtzorg is a pioneering healthcare organisation established 13 years ago with a nurse-led model of holistic care that has revolutionised community care in the Netherlands.

Client satisfaction rates are the highest of any healthcare organisation. Staff commitment and contentedness is reflected in Buurtzorg’s title of Best Employer (4 out of the last 5 years). And impressive financial savings have been made. Ernst & Young documented savings of around 40 percent to the Dutch health care system, and a KPMG Case Study in 2012 found:

“Essentially, the program empowers nurses (rather than nursing assistants or cleaners) to deliver all the care that patient’s need. And while this has meant higher costs per hour, the results have been fewer hours in total. Indeed, by changing the model of care, Buurtzorg has accomplished a 50 percent reduction in hours of care, improved quality of care and raised work satisfaction for employees.”

Buurtzorg scaled very quickly across the Netherlands from 1 to 850 teams, in just 10 years. During this time Buurtzorg grew in other areas of care such as mental health, children and families and also supported other Dutch international care organisations to take on the Buurtzorg model of care.


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