Connecting members and sharing best practice

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“the willingness of other members to share knowledge, to discuss professional and technical issues, and to offer support is amazing”NCF Member, Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The most valuable resource of the NCF is the knowledge, experience and information held by the combined NCF membership. 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 500 senior managers and directors 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

Forum meetings
All NCF members are welcome to send a representative to these meetings. Please contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer to join. For more information on a particular group please see our Forums section.

We use Eventbrite booking system for all of our Forum meetings.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer to find out more or to join any of our Forum groups

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 meetings and more resources see the green tabs on the left. NCF members are welcome to send representatives to join this group.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer 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.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer 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 meetings and more resources see the green tabs on the left. NCF members are welcome to send representatives to join this group.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer 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. It is home to the NCF Quality First Framework, NCF Quality First and the benchmarking that takes place across the membership. NCF Quality First is seen as an integral part of the Members Boards Agenda.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer 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.

Contact April Ross, Membership and Communications Officer to join the Governance Forum

Digital and Technology Forum

The digital and technology 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 digital technology 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.

Contact Tommy Henderson-Reay or Claire Sutton NCF Digital Transformation Leads to join the Digital and Technology Forum