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NEW - Membership for Local Authority Direct Providers of Adult Social Care

The National Care Forum (NCF), the leading voice for not-for-profit care and support providers, are offering a new bespoke membership for all Local Authorities that provide direct provision of adult social care.  

This opportunity is unique in offering a focus on direct provision to help LAs:

  • widen the sharing of good practice,
  • benefit from the responsive way the NCF quickly translates policy into practice,
  • receive prompt clear and up-to-date briefings that summarise and instruct on the implications of the vast amount of government information issued relating to adult social care,
  • increase your influence on social care policy and practice.

Why should you join?

The NCF is dedicated to representing its members and voicing concerns to the decision makers, keeping members up-to-date with news and developments in the care sector and providing opportunities to meet and share ideas and best practice. NCF now supports over 165 member organisations to improve social care provision and enhance the quality of life, choice, control and well-being of people who use care services.

  • NCF will keep you connected with other Local Authorities through a regular bespoke Local Authority Practice & Quality Forum, as well as offering the opportunity to share ideas and good practice with other social care providers. NCF also organises conferences, webinars and workshops that have included topics in the past such as LGBTQ+ Awareness in Care, Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment in Care Homes and Wellbeing & Resilience for Care Home Managers.
  • NCF will keep you up to date and help manage the plethora of information with hundreds of real time updates, NCF Members Weekly Newsletter and confidential survey and benchmarking reports.
  • NCF will represent your views at national level as we are a trusted voice with a central role in working with DHSC, LGA and PHE and take the views and experience of members to the Minister and senior policy makers.  Our Chief Executive, Professor Vic Rayner OBE, is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care (APPG) to influence parliament and a Commissioner on SCIE’s new Commission on the role of housing in the future of care and support.  NCF have shown leadership around digital transformation, and are strategic leaders in Digital Social Care with dedicated digital transformation staff delivering a wide range of digital projects.
  • NCF promotes the image of the social care sector ensuring the amazing work happening in the sector is being recognised nationally and locally, and highlighting the need for support for social care in the media. NCF had 3,850 pieces of coverage across television, radio and press in a 12 month period, resulting in 794 million opportunities to see and our #HeretoCare campaign achieved the overall aim of challenging the media narrative to increase public trust in care homes. 


There are also many other benefits as we develop new programmes and initiatives.  For example, since the crisis in Ukraine began we have been working in association with the CPA and other experts to bring together a clear and supported set of job opportunities for those coming from Ukraine, or other countries, who wish to be employed in the social care sector.


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“I think it’s great that the NCF is looking at a local authority option for membership.  I know it will be of value and the reason I know this is because we are a council owned company and have shared the intelligence and the approach of the NCF with our council colleagues during the pandemic. Their feedback was that the information they were receiving from the NCF of the highest quality and the most timeliest.  It has helped them with their own in-house provision and also in sharing the information as a commissioner.

I would highly recommend membership if you are looking for an organisation that is responsive, expert and timely.”

Karl Dean , CEO of MioCare