Connecting Members, Sharing Best Practice, Exchanging Knowledge

In response to the Coronvirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all of the Forums are now held virtually via Zoom. Please contact April Ross to join.

The most valuable resource of the NCF is the knowledge, experience and information held by the combined NCF membership.


“Membership of the NCF has been incredibly useful to our team, in particular through the weekly member calls and via the various forums, such as the HR, Finance and Communications forums.  Our non-executive directors have also found it useful to connect with the Governance forum, especially for those who didn’t have a background in adult social care.”


Through the sharing and harnessing of these resources the NCF Forums are invaluable to individuals and organisations in the effective provision of quality care.

The NCF forums bring together over 700 senior executives from across our member organisations to discuss social care policy, quality assurance systems, human resources management, staff training and development, finance, domiciliary care, marketing, property and purchasing, digital technology and governance.

They are a very effective means of communication, networking and policy development.

As a member of the NCF forums you can pose questions for real time responses to other forum members.

Forum meetings and discussions are restricted to NCF members and invited guests only.

All NCF members are welcome to nominate a representative to these meetings.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

For more information on a particular group please see the individual Forum groups or contact April.

Finance Forum

The purpose of the Finance Forum is to share best practice and knowledge on financial systems and procedures. It will analyse and review topical finance and systems issues. It will also act as the specialist group to review relevant legislation on such matters as VAT and tax.

Colleagues with responsibility for property and IT have participated on specific occasions. This has contributed a different focus and has been welcomed.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join the Finance Forum

HR Forum

The Human Resources Forum brings together HR specialists within the membership and continues to focus on a range of workforce development issues. The Forum has already proved to be a valuable network for exchanging information and ideas between meetings.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join the HR Forum

Marketing Forum

The Marketing Forum was launched in 2011 in response to requests from NCF members. Its prime purpose is to bring together members who have responsibility for marketing and communication within their respective organisations.

The Marketing Forum supports NCF in sharing good practice across the wider membership’s key considerations in relation to this important topic.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join the Marketing Forum

Practice and Quality Forum

The Practice and Quality Forum supports Senior Managers and Directors who are responsible for ensuring the safe and effective care and support for people using care services.

It helps translate policy to practice and provides a Forum where members can share ideas.

For meetings dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join the Practice and Quality Forum

Governance Forum

At the 2019 NCF Annual Conference we launched our new Governance Forum, sponsored by Target Fund Managers and supported by Anthony Collins Solicitors.

Acknowledging the increasing importance of Governance responsibilities, this new Forum brings together Trustees and Non-Executives from across the NCF membership to provide a network for peer support and guidance.

The Forum seeks to add value to the support and information that trustees already receive as part of their role while reflecting that members’ trustees are operating in very differing environments, depending on the size, focus and cultures of their specific organisations.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join the Governance Forum

Digital Transformation Forum

The digital transformation forum offers members the opportunity to gather together, connect and discuss issues relating to using, procuring and researching digital technology in care. With a wide range of choice and lots of questions relating to cost, sustainability, cyber security, staff perspectives and usability it can sometimes be an intimidating market.

The forum is a place to share, ask questions and share good and bad experiences across the network. We want to support members to become informed and confident procurers and users of IT in social care. As technological change occurs at a rapid rate understanding how to ensure it compliments customers and staff is vital.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join this forum

This Forum seeks to create a network between NCF members offering specialist Learning Disability services. The meetings will focus on key topics of interest in this field and support and enhance NCF influencing work.

For meeting dates see the NCF Calendar

Contact April Ross to join this forum

NCF Forum calendar 2021

We have organised the forum dates for the first half of 2021, (see below), for any forum related queries or to join one of our forums please contact: [email protected]