Links: sector organisations
This page includes links to the websites of organisations we support as well as links to official government websites relevant to the care industry.
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The ACA is the only UK multi-professional organisation for health and social care professionals working in the field of continence which sets out to improve patient care via its membership. We exist to support professionals in practice.
ACEVO is the only professional organisation in the third sector that is dedicated to chief executives. ACEVO works to connect, develop and represent the sector leaders. 1800 full members are responsible for heading organisations that collectively employ 200,000 staff members.
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents all the directors of adult social services in England.
The Age UK Group works to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support.
Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We are the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales. A registered charity, we represent our membership of small, medium and large providers – from locally focused to regional and national organisations with the purpose of providing a professional platform on which the vital work of all our members can be seen and heard. Read more about us...
CareAware is a non profit making, public information and advisory service specializing in issues relating to long term care for older people. It has an Advocacy Service ensuring residents, families and professionals have access to independent advice and information. This service meets the advocacy requirement of National Minimum Standard ‘Autonomy and Choice’.
The Care & Support Alliance was set up in July 2009. It is a consortium of over 75 organisations, including the National Care Forum, that represent and support older and disabled people, including disabled children, those with long-term conditions and their families, and campaigns to keep adult care funding and reform on the political agenda.
Calibre Audio Library is a registered charity that brings the pleasure of reading to people with sight problems and other disabilities, through a free nationwide postal service of recorded books. The library has over 19,300 members and sends out more than 2,000 books every day - one every 14 seconds.
Carers Trust is a new charity which was formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012.
Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With our Network Partners, we aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.
As the UK’s leading awarding body for food safety and health and safety qualifications, 6 million people have qualified with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Our training division supplies tailored qualifications to the Care Sector including Nutrition, Health and Safety in Health and Social Care and Conflict Resolution.
The Institute of Management was granted Royal Charter in February 2002 and became the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The main purpose of CMI is to encourage and support lifelong development of managers and to raise the level of competence and qualifications in management.
The Commonwealth of Nations, normally referred to as the Commonwealth and formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 54 independent member states. CommonAge promotes and disseminates learning, experience and best practice in aged care service design, development, provision and assurance throughout the Commonwealth with the purpose of improving the quality of life for older citizens in Commonwealth countries.
NCF’s Sharon Blackburn is also a director of CommonAge ensuring member representation internationally.
The Centre for Policy on Ageing, established in 1947 by the Nuffield Foundation, has a long and distinguished record as an independent charity promoting the interests of older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Our aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that's in hospital, in care homes, in people's own homes, or elsewhere.
We regulate health and adult social care services, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. And, we protect the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales encourages the improvement of social care, early years and social services in Wales
CST is the judicial body which, amongst other jurisdictions, considers appeals from social service providers and managers brought against decisions made by the CSCI and Healthcare Commission.
The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
DH is the government department responsible for driving forward change and modernisation in the NHS and social care, as well as improving standards of public health.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.
The Dying Matters Coalition aims to raise awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of making your wishes known in England and Wales. It is led by the National Council for Palliative Care, and has over 30,000 members including charities, care homes, hospices, GPs, funeral directors and legal and financial organisations.
EAC's national Advice Line (020 7820 1343) is a free and independent service to help older people decide how best to meet their housing, support and care needs. The charity's website offers a similiar online service and includes access to EAC's unique national databases of both care homes and retirement housing. NCF is working closely with the EAC to increase the homes listed on the Care Options database
The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End of Life Care is the national training and coordinating centre for all GSF programmes, enabling generalist frontline staff to provide a gold standard of care for people nearing the end of life.
HSE are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.
HASCAS is an evidence-based, service development organisation which works in all aspects of mental health and older people's services across the health and social care continuum.
We are a ‘not for profit' organisation formed as a consequence of a merger between two established organisations: the Centre for Mental Health Services Development (CMHSD) and the Health Advisory Service (HAS).
We are a regulator, and we were set up to protect the public. To do this, we keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. We seek to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.
Story telling is one of the most powerful means of communication that has existed for centuries. Stories well told capture our hearts, our minds and our imagination. They allow us to build up a picture and set of values and beliefs around the subject. Life story work is not exclusive to mental health in later life. This independent online national network has been developed by people with a passion for life story work to create further discussion and sharing of positive practice in the use of life stories, locally, nationally and internationally.
MHF is a charity that provides an independent and authoritative voice for male health in England and Wales and tackles the issues and inequalities affecting the health and well-being of men and boys.
MHF’s vision is a future in which all boys and men in England and Wales have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.
MHRA is the Executive Agency of the Department of Health protecting and promoting public health and patient safety by ensuring that medicines, healthcare products and medical equipment meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness, and are used safely.
My Home Life began as a project initiated in 2006 by the National Care Forum and Help the Aged
My Home Life promotes quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes
My Home Life aims to celebrate existing best practice in care homes and promote care homes as a positive option for older people. The My Home Life team is working to help you improve the quality of life in your care home, through the development of a range of resources, events, practice development initiatives and other activities
The National Association of Care Caterers is a member organisation which promotes the standard of catering within the care sector. NACC provides a forum for debate and the exchange of information, sets benchmarking standards and commissions research.
The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.
We audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies, and report the results to Parliament. Our other work comprises value for money studies, local audit, investigations, support to Parliament and international activities.
Our recommendations and reports help government improve public services, and our work led to audited savings of £1.21 billion in 2015. This is the highest level of financial savings to date for the taxpayer, and is equivalent to £19 saved for every pound spent.
NAPA is dedicated to increasing the profile and understanding of the activity needs for older people, and equipping staff with the skills to enable older people to enjoy a range of activity whilst living in care settings.
The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) is a member organisation which strives to promote and improve health and safety within care services and to provide a forum for those individuals and organisations involved in any aspect of health and safety to exchange and share information, experience and expertise.
Formerly known as The Dignity Partnership Board, the National Dignity Council meets every two months to exists to shape and influence the work of the Dignity in Care network, and also campaigns for, and supports Dignity Champions. The Council is made up of an enthusiastic group of representatives from various bodies include health and social care organisations.
NCVO, the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England, supports voluntary organisations (as well as social enterprises and CICs), whether you're a large national body or a community group working at a local level.
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NICE is a special health authority within the NHS. Its role is to provide patients, health professionals and members of the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current NHS best practice.
The Social Services Inspectorate work with others to ensure that social work and social care services are responsive to the needs of the population in Northern Ireland and are of the highest standards in keeping with the resources available.
OPAAL(UK) was formed in 1999 as a registered charity which provides a strategic lead in the development of independent advocacy for older people.
We are here to support and inform residents, families and friends to find out all they need to know about residential care and to help them if things go wrong. Additionally, we speak out on behalf of a sector who cannot always speak out for themselves.
The Residential Forum was founded in 1994. Its purpose is to promote the achievement of high standards of care for children and adults in nursing homes, residential homes ands schools and contribute to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for services users and carers.
NCF is a member of the Residential Forum.
Skills for Care helps create a better-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.
We provide practical tools and support to help adult social care organisations in England recruit, develop and lead their workforce. We work with employers* and related services to ensure dignity and respect are at the heart of service delivery.
As the home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care, our support is from entry level right through to those in senior leadership and management roles. We also provide individual tailored solutions to support your business to deliver high quality care now and in the future. Visit our products and services page for more information.
As a registered charity we are committed to transparency and evaluating the outcomes and impact of our work. You can find out more by visiting the evaluating our impact page.
* ‘Employer’ in this context includes all sectors, sizes, service and business models who provide care and support to enable people to live independently in communities
The Social Care Institute for Excellence improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. We are a leading improvement support agency working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK.
SCIE can provide you with expert support to become a better-led, effective, safer and more responsive caring organisation.
SCIE offers tailored in-house training on improvement support, Care Act implementation, safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS, dementia awareness and co-production training. Commission SCIE to help you plan, commission, evaluate and deliver better care and support to people who use services. To access the full range of resources visit:
email@example.com @SCIE_socialcare facebook.com/socialcareinstitutepage
The Foundation awards grants, either after invitation or through an open programme, including the Arts and Older People programme.
The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation working to help everybody enjoy a good later life.
Our approach is based on evidence – we develop, share and apply evidence to help people age better. We bring fresh thinking to the challenges and opportunities that everyone faces as more people live longer. We are focused on change and support projects that can make a difference to later lives. Working in partnership with people and collaborating with a diverse range of organisations, we create measurable change for the long-term.
This website is a support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling, fees and contact details. This service is free, confidential and easy to use.
The King's Fund seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we work with individuals and organisations to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change.
is a United Kingdom-wide representative body of public and independent sector organisations concerned with the commissioning and direct provision of homecare services, supporting vulnerable people in their own homes
The Think Local, Act Personal Partnership is comprised of over 30 national and umbrella organisations representing the broad interest in personalisation and community-based support. These organisations, through joining this Partnership, have committed to supporting a small central team in working to improve practice in six priority areas; as well as advising and influencing government and other bodies.
The UK Health Forum (UKHF), a registered charity, is both a UK Forum and an international centre for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The UKHF undertakes policy research and advocacy to support action by government, the public sector and commercial operators. As an alliance, the UKHF is uniquely placed to develop and promote consensus-based healthy public policy and to coordinate public health advocacy. The UKHF is also an authoritative information provider on all aspects of the prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Catering for vegetarians and vegans - VfL’s vision is to improve the quality of life of the UK’s older vegetarians and vegans
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
The VODG is the leading umbrella group of voluntary sector providers of social care services for adults. Our members’ shared aim is to ensure that people with disabilities are supported in ways that they themselves define.
Our role is to combine and harness the separate skills, experiences and knowledge of individual member organisations, in order to challenge barriers, facilitate best practice and assist an exchange of learning. Our vision is a world where everyone with a disability has full choice and control
OUR VISION IS OF A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE CAN PARTICIPATE IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING AND SOCIAL ACTION
We develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. We engage more than 30,000 volunteers and 90,000 beneficiaries every year through 180 active programmes across the UK.
Founded in 1962 (and known as Community Service Volunteers until 2015), Volunteering Matters has been leading UK volunteering in policy and practice for more than 50 years. We know, through years of successful work, that investing in people through the power of volunteering makes a tangible difference to the volunteer, the beneficiary and society as a whole. Our volunteer programmes help to improve health and wellbeing; build stronger, more inclusive communities; and achieve lasting results.
We believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate; we build projects and programmes to reflect this. We focus on the needs of four distinct communities; young people, disabled people, families and older people.
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