Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) works to protect, and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults. AEA operates at a number of differing levels. They provide advice and guidance to older people and others through our helplines; they provide training to care staff and others – either as standard packages or specially designed programmes; they speak at conferences and events to raise general awareness and stimulate debate; they interact with, challenge and support regulators, care providers and Government; and undertake special projects.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Their aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere. The CQC regulate health and adult social care services, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. All Care South residential homes and home care offices are registered with the CQC.
The NACC is recognised by local authorities, independent providers, the charitable sector and government departments as a prime source of information and opinion on all aspects of catering within the care sector and whose primary aim is to improve standards within this sector.
NAPA stands for National Association for Providers of Activities for older people. As a membership charity, it has close links with its members and is able to speak with authority on activity provision for older people. NAPA is the only voluntary organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and understanding of the activity needs for older people, and equipping staff with the skills to enable older people to enjoy a range of activity whilst living in care settings.
The National Care Forum is rapidly becoming the leading voice in the care sector, representing the views and concerns both of carers and those we care for. The NCF has a clear purpose to promote quality outcomes for people who receive care and support services. This requires that service users are at the heart of any definition of quality. They promote the benefits of the not-for-profit model of care services provision, to local and national government, as well as consumers and other health care bodies.
The Social Care Association is a UK organisation of individuals and corporate organisations involved in social care. This encompasses all service user groups, children and adults, and all job roles that support, care for and assist people in living the kind of life they want, with choice and independence. The SCA promotes good practice in social care, developing ideas from practitioners about how they do their job and where it works best. They share these ideas in practice guides available to members, and provide a range of services to assist and support members as they practice.
United Kingdom Home Care Association, Ltd is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care (which may include nursing services) to people in their own homes, promoting high stands of care and providing representation to national and regional policy makers and regulators.
The employer-driven National Skills Academy for Social Care focusses on leadership, management and commissioning and modelling excellence in learning, in adult social care. Created by employers, for employers, from across the broad spectrum of adult social care, the Skills Academy’s role is to aid the delivery of improved care, in response to the needs of employers, employees and people who use services, by supporting and promoting excellent learning and training in social care in England. Care South, committed to excellence and innovation in social care, has been selected as a founder member.