2020 – A year in the glare for social care

Sorrow lays heavy on us all as we head to the end of this year; a year where so many have lost loved ones, friends,…


There will be testing days ahead!

The provision of Lateral Flow tests has the potential to completely change the landscape around visits within care…


Baublegate – defend the Xmas decs!

Christmas is always a special time in care homes, full of festive fun – a time of joy, light and sparkle. Up and down…


COVID-19 Winter Plan Score Card: Science 10 – Maths 0

Vic Rayner, Executive Director at the National Care Forum, the leading association the not-for-profit social care…


The Infection Control Fund: Bean counting in extremis

The first wave of the Infection Control Fund was introduced in May and provided a direct source of funding primarily to…


Visiting in Care Homes: where now?

Why this is such an important issue To deprive people living in care homes of the stimulation and unprecedented…


Now you see them, now you don’t… The invisibility of social care Personal Assistants during the pandemic

NCF guest blog by Dr. John Woolham | NIHR SSCR Senior Research Fellow | Health and…


The Winter’s Tale

The government has now published it’s Covid-19 Winter Plan 2020/21. The full plan can be found here. It is a 52 page…


The Clock is Ticking

With reports of a rise of COVID-19 cases in the UK population and the subsequent increase of outbreaks in care homes,…


CQC Testing Policy Rated Inadequate

You might recall that on 26 August, NCF wrote an open letter to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social…


It’s official – our care workforce do a brilliant job!

The National Care Forum is the leading voice for not-for-profit care providers. Our Policy Director, Liz Jones,…


dementia support

Dr Julie Christie is Service Manager – International at the Dementia Centre,…


Step by step – Social care

Regular testing in irregular times The recent announcement confirming the routine and regular weekly testing of care…


Strengthening the Ring of Steel: Reflections on The Care Home Support Package

The National Care Forum is the leading voice for not-for-profit care providers. Our Policy Director, Liz Jones, shares…


#ringofsteel around care homes

On Saturday 18 April, the NCF published ground-breaking data from the independent benchmarking exercise of our members…