Useful Links

Aidis Trust
The Aidis Trust works in the area of disability computing to provide help, support and advice to disabled people, their parents, carers and supporters.

Age UK
The UK’s largest organisation working with and for older people.

Age UK - LGBT 
The Opening Doors London project, led by Age UK Camden, provides a range of services and activities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people over 50 in London.       Meeting the needs of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals living in care homesand extra care housing A resource pack for professionals. download

Age UK – West Cumbria
Age UK West Cumbria has made resources available aimed at those wishing to improve the wellbeing of older people.

Better Care Exchange
The Better Care Exchange, is a useful new tool to help all those involved in better integrated care. It brings together all key documents related to integrated care, and also provides a platform for accessing best practices, collaboration and shared learning.

Carehome.co.uk
Directory of nursing homes, care homes and residential homes in the UK.

Care Home Funding guide 
A guide to obtaining the funding for residential care placements

Care Focus (South West) CIC 
Care Focus is a Community Interest Company set up and regulated so that all our activities and assets provide community benefit. Our highly regarded team have many years’ experience in identifying and delivering cost-effective, bespoke quality improvement, business development and training solutions to health, housing and social care.

Caring Sharing & Company
We specialise in dementia support, advice, consultancy and training as well as offering, on our website, FREE educational and comunication resources to support professional adn family  carers.

Care Improvement Works
A new online resource, aimed at care providers, so that they can drive up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed by partners teh Social Care Institute for Excellence and Skills for Care, with suport from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission's inspection questions and 'keylines of enquiry'. Providers should have the confidence to use it pre/post-inspection, and also use it challenge practice. 

Coalition For Quality in Care
The Coalition for Quality in Care brings together a wide range of organisations and individuals with a common concern for the well-being of older people receiving long-term care in different settings and different circumstances.

Community Care
The website for everyone in social care.

Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news and events. All counsellors have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Department of Health
Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications.

Directgov
Public services all in one place.

Five Nations Care Forum  
Care England is a member of the 5 Nations Care Forum which is an alliance of the professional associations representing the care sector across the UK and Ireland. Through a collective commitment to information sharing, joint lobbying, shared learning and support, the aim of the 5 Nations Care Forum is to add value to members activity by promoting the interests of service recipients, staff and service providers. The Forum seeks to encourage the development of a joined-up approach to matters which have a UK-wide or European dimension. 

Headway
Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury

Health Investor
Health Investor is a magazine for all professionals participating in health care investment.

Health Professions Council
The Health Professions Council keeps a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health, so that you can check if they meet UK statutory requirements.

Help the Aged
An international charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.

HSE health and social care guidance
This website provides information about managing the risks in health and social care that can affect employees and users of these services. It will help those responsible for health and safety to manage the risks and provide regular updates on relevant issues.

Key Care Solutions
Key Care Solutions is a simple yet effective website to enable you to search ‘Free’ for up-to-date information and ‘Live’ availability on Care Home Room vacancies, Nursing Homes Room vacancies and short stay Respite bed vacancies, throughout Day Centres, Care Homes & Nursing Homes in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, UK

King's Fund - An alternative guide to the new NHS in England

Last Minute Learning
Find and compare a range of training courses and qualifications for the health and social care sector. There are currently over 650 health and social care training courses listed from a range of training providers in the United Kingdom.

The History of NHS reform
This interactive timeline brings 70 years of reform to the National Health Service to life, charting the evolution of this public institution from its inception in the post-war years through to the present day.

The Life Story Network
Using the power of life stories to improve the quality of life for those marginalised through ill-health or social circumstance.

Live In Care Jobs
This is the biggest website in the United Kingdom to search and apply for Live In Carer Jobs. 

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF)

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document is a resource for all those commissioning and delivering healthcare services in order to support the delivery of an equitable public health system.

The Local Government Association
The LGA promotes the interests of English and Welsh local authorities.

Therapy Directory
Therapy Directory  promotes the benefits of complementary therapy and aims to give visitors the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them.

Think Local Act Personal Partnership
is comprised of over 30 national and umbrella organisations representing the broad interest in personalisation and community-based support. These organisations, through joining this Partnership, have committed to supporting a small central team in working to improve practice in six priority areas; as well as advising and influencing government and other bodies.

MS Society
The UK’s largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) about 85,000 people.

NAPA
NAPA’s vision is that activity is at the heart of care for older people. NAPA’s purpose is to continue developing expertise in activity provision for older people. Download NAPA's leaflet

NASHiCS
Principal functions and activities: To promote and improve health and safety within care services and to provide a forum for individuals and organisations involved in any aspect fo health and safety to exchange and share information, experience and expertise.

NHS End of Life Care Programme
The EoLC programme was set up to improve care at the end of life for all wherever they live.

Oomph!
Oomph! is the UK's largest provider of training to care home staff to deliver engaging, meaningful and highly impactful exercise classes and group activities.

Property in Retirement

When it comes to retiring, your home and where you settle is one of your biggest concerns. Here we discuss all the available options.

Purple Angel Music

Purple Angel Music strives to offer a better standard of life for people living with dementia. Our music is interlaced with spoken reminders and prompts reminding listeners to drink and eat at regular intervals, thus reducing the risk of dehydration and the lack of nutrician.

Relatives & Residents Association
The Relatives & Residents Association is a national charity which exists for the benefit of older people in residential care, as well as their families and friends left behind at home.

RSCPP
RSCPP provides counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and psychoanalysis across the UK. All therapists are Accredited/Chartered/Registered by a UK professional body.

Scottish Care
The representative organisation of care home owners and care at home providers in Scotland

Skills Academy
The National Skills Academy is an employer-led membership organisation for anyone committed to excellence in adult social care in England.

Skills For Care
Working in consultation with carers, employers and service users, Skills for Care aims to modernise adult social care in England, by ensuring qualifications and standards continually adapt to meet the changing needs of people who use care services.

Social Care Commitment 
Signing up to the Social Care Commitment can help you to meet the standards required in care, shows your commitment to delivering high quality care and will help raise public confidence in the care sector. 

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE’s aim is to improve the experience of people who use social care by developing and promoting knowledge about good practice in the sector.

Social Care Bulletin from the Department of Health
A publication for all staff in social care services, whether in the public, private, voluntary sectors or the NHS.

Standards for Practice

Advice, support and consultancy on care home practice and management.

Stonewall
Getting older can be a challenging time for many of us, thinking about what to have in place to support us and our loved ones is often something we put off until it is too late. For the hundreds of thousands of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people getting older can be more complex still. Stonewall’s research into the experiences of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people found that many experience isolation, growing old without friends or family, and are quite rightly concerned about later life and how to plan for it.

TheCarer.co.uk
Advice to carers of all ages and professions

To Know Me   
Focusing on the individual... To Know Me is a book which combines a mini-biography and a personalised care guide. To Know Me’ books – the key to a more personalised approach to the care of people living with Dementia. Increase your ability to provide a truly individual approach to the residents in your care.

VoiceAbility
VoiceAbility are an award winning advocacy charity. They provide support services to people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions, as well as supporting carers and looked after children.

Your Care Rating
Your Care Rating has been established so that all residents living within a care home are given the opportunity to provide views and feedback via an independent, confidential and standardised survey. The purpose of Your Care Rating is to: Give care home residents a voice, promote continuous quality improvement in the care sector, provide an authoritative source of information for existing and prospective customers and other stakeholders.