27 September 2023 - Helsinki, Finland

Jos de Blok

Founder and CEO of Buurtzorg

Jos de Blok is the founder and CEO of Buurtzorg (neighborhood nursing), a Dutch organization with more than 15,000 employees, offering community based (home) care services to more than 80,000 patients a year. Founded in 2006 with a team of four nurses, Buurtzorg has transformed home-based healthcare and has created an innovave method for nursing care at home. Before establishing Buurtzorg, Jos had several senior management positions in home care organizations including Director Innovations for medical services.

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. Organized in small autonomous teams of up to 12 nurses within a neighborhood-sized care area, Buurtzorg nurses bring groundbreaking synergy and expertise in a direct and connected relationship between the caregiver and client. Buurtzorg has succeeded in reducing administrave burden for nurses, improving quality of care and raising work satisfaction for their employees (Buurtzorg was awarded five times as employer of the year in the Netherlands).

Buurtzorg is supported by an innovave IT system and works without a management structure. The company’s internationalization started by launching in countries like Sweden, Japan, China, Austria, Germany, Denmark, France and UK.

The Most Important Skills for the Future of Work

A keynote by Yuval Noah Harari

During his keynote at Nordic Business Forum 2022, Professor Yuval Noah Harari will discuss the following three points:

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  • How new technologies will affect work in the future

Why Should You Listen to Him?

Innovative Leader

Jos is a nurse by education and considered a change agent in the Netherlands when it comes to the organization of community-based (home) care. 

Founder of Buurtzorg

Buurtzorg is a pioneer of healthcare and client satisfaction. The company operates with a nurse-led model of holistic care that has revolutionised community care in the Netherlands.

Get to Know Jos de Blok

Article, Podcast Interview, Keynote


Leaderless Leadership – Unfollow Journal 


Jos de Blok on Buurtzorg and the virtues of humanising, not protocolising – Leadermorphosis


Healthcare: humanity above bureaucracy – TEDxGeneva 

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