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NCF announces new Communities of Practice support offer to members

The National Care Forum (NCF), the leading membership organisation for not-for-profit organisations in the care and support sector announces a new offering to support members in 2023.

We are reshaping the way we offer our package of NCF membership support through the evolution of our Communities of Practice – a clearer way of grouping together the various elements of our current support offer and an opportunity to explore areas where members would like more practice based support to address key aspects/ specialisms of your work.

The Communities of Practice will be gathered around the eight current specialisms:

  1. Digital Transformation
  2. Finance
  3. Governance
  4. HR
  5. Housing with Care
  6. Learning Disability
  7. Marketing and Communications
  8. Practice and Quality


Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of National Care Forum said:

“Members are at the heart of all of our work at NCF. So, with that in mind, we are constantly looking for ways in which we can enhance the support we offer them. I am delighted that we start 2023 with a fresh look with our newly formed Communities of Practice. Being part of NCF should be valuable for everyone involved in the organisation, and our Communities of Practice mean that whatever your role in the organisation is, you are able to be part of a community, which will shape, share and enhance your practice.”

Our aim is to use the Community of Practice approach to also boost our practice-based support, so within our Communities of Practice, this year we are also launching two specialist learning networks in response to direct requests from members – one focussing on Dementia (launching on the 20th January) and one bringing together members who offer a faith-based provision including those with a faith heritage/  background / ethos, offering a safe space to explore what it means in practice to take spirituality seriously and do it well.

We have a growing, diverse NCF membership, with a huge variety of specialism, experience and expertise and our members are really committed to sharing and learning from each other to improve the quality and outcomes of all that they do and so the Communities of Practice approach offers an exciting opportunity to increase our collective shared knowledge and skills within specific disciplines and build these valuable practice based specialist learning networks.


Note to Editors:

  • The National Care Forum brings together 167 of the UK’s leading social care organisations, representing large numbers of care providers, offering thousands of services across the country, which are not for profit and always at the heart of community provision. Collectively, these organisations deliver more than £2.4 billion of social care support to more than 230,000 people in 6,950 settings. The NCF membership body collectively employs more than 114,000 colleagues.
  • More information is available on the National Care Forum at @NCFCareForum @vicrayner @NCF_Liz
  • For enquiries, please contact Edna Petzen (
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