National Care forum

The National Care Forum (NCF) was established to promote quality care and support services and provide a voice for not-for-profit care providers. Our membership reflects the wide diversity of the care sector including home care, housing with care, day care, intermediate care, outreach services, residential and nursing care and specialist provision including for people with dementia.

Updated:
17 August 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Hospitality, Health, Care, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector, Housing Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The National Care Forum (NCF) was established to promote quality care and support services and provide a voice for not-for-profit care providers. Our membership reflects the wide diversity of the care sector including home care, housing with care, day care, intermediate care, outreach services, residential and nursing care and specialist provision including for people with dementia. Across our membership we estimate services are being provided to over 100,000 people. The NCF is structured around a series of Forums which bring together our members with the intention of developing services in ways that deliver the best outcomes for people. By working in partnership with others NCF has been instrumental in the development of good practice initiatives such as My Home Life and the Eden Alternative as well as programmes by SCIE and the Department of Health.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges facing NCF members include:

The need for better public understanding of dementia The difficulties of securing an early diagnosis The availability of accessible information and support to individuals and their carers as well as the absence of advocacy The lack of properly joined-up provision across health and social care Relationships with commissioners Insufficient funding of care and support The availability of good quality (accredited) dementia care training Workforce issues including recruitment and retention, career opportunities and rewards.

2. Actions

  • Promoting awareness and best practice

    Promoting awareness and best practice to members through information, guidance, events and activities. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    NCF Members continue to receive the weekly newsletter which captures national policy and practice updates. NCF members also use it as a vehicle to share good practice. This is also achieved through the range NCF member Forums - in particular the NCF Practice Forum and the NCF Quality Assuracne Forum.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    NCF continues to promote DAA and issues pertaining to dementia through its weekly newsletter which reaches thousands of people. In additon we hold 2 conferences per year plus members general meetings, all of which have had topics covering demetia within them. The innovative work of NCF members is actively promoted in relation to models of care and design of buildings. Many NCF members have won awards both home and abroad in relation to the support and care they give to people with dementia and their carers.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The NCF weekly Newsletter continues to be one of the mian vehicle for communicating with NCF members about national policy and practice.  NCF Forums continue to bring together around 120 Senior Leaders from across the NCF membeship. At these Forums policy and practice is shared with real insights gained to how it inpacts on people using services and the member organisations providing the services. The Annual Conference took place in May 2014. These events provide opportunity to learn and exchange good practice. 

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    The NCF weekly Newsletter continues to be one of the mian vehicle for communicating with NCF members about national policy and practice. The number of NCF Forums were increased from 5 to 7 in 2013. These Forum bring together around 120 Senior Leaders from across the NCF membeship. At these Forums policy and practice is shared with real insights gained to how it inpacts on people using services and the member organisations providing the services. The Annual Conference took place as did the Managers Confernce; the Annual Lecture and the General Members meetings All of these events provide opportunity to learn and exchange good practice. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    NCF has continued to promote awareneess and bring events to the attention of its members through the weekly newsletter. At the recent NCF Annual Conference a work shop was dedicated to Dementia Awareness. Prof. Graham Stokes and Barbara Pointon both spoke. In addition Prof. June Andrews gave the key note speach at the conference.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    NCF Members continue to receive the weekly newsletter which captures national policy and practice updates. NCF members also use it as a vehicle to share good practice. This is also achieved through the range NCF member Forums.

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual report for 2012 submitted. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    The NCF issues a weekly News letter to all members. This has included the latest news in relation to the NDS Strategy and developments across the sector. It also captures best practice examples re innovation which members share.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    The NCF issues a weekly News letter to all members. This has included the latest news in relation to the NDS Strategy and developments across the sector. It also captures best practice examples re innovation which members share.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    The NCF issues a weekly News letter to all members. This has included the latest news in relation to the NDS Strategy and developments across the sector. It also captures best practice examples re innovation which members share.

  • Supporting dementia champions

    Supporting dementia champions. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    NCF support members in this activity by providing information and signposting to resopurces that they can use locally. This work continues.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    This work continues although the work of Dementia Friends has become more prominent across teh NCF membership.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

     NCF supports it members who turn support dementia champsions at the local level. Across the NCF membership there are a number of innovative initiatives taking place which is making the work of champions a reality in local communities. 

    2014 - First Quarter Update

     NCF supports it members who turn support dementia champsions at the local level. Across the NCF membership there are a number of innovative initiatives taking place which is making the work of champions a reality in local communities. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    This work continues. NCF supports it members who turn support dementia champsions at the local level.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update. 

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • Building relationship with SCIE

    Building on our relationship with SCIE and resource initiatives such as the Dementia Gateway. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We continue to bulid on our existing strong relationship with SCIE for the benefit of members. SCIE and the NCC-SC have engaged with the NCF Managers Conference and their resources are actively promoted to members. NCF members use their resources to help equip staff who are caring for people who use services.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    This work is ongoing. Our relationinship with SCIE and latterly NICE NCC-SC is strong. NCF were active particiapnt in the latestest NICE respource around Mental Wellbeing of Older People in Care Homes.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The work as described previously and repeated below continues. In additon to that which is below NCF via Sharon Balckburn have assisted the NCCSC (NICE/SCIE partnership) to develop resources to support the sector implement the standards from NICE.

    NCF has worked with NICE/SCIE through the NCCSC - Specifically NCF have been involved in the NICE Social Care Quality Standard on Dementia ( Sharon Blackburn was a member of the Topic Expert Group). More recently NCF were involved (Sharon Blackburn as Specialiast Advisor to Quality Standards Committee) in the development of the Quality Standard re Mental Health and Wellbeing of Older People in Care Homes. Engagement regarding these standards continue...including work on the Care Audit Advisory Group re the Dementia Standard which HQIP are leading on.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    NCF has worked with NICE/SCIE through the NCCSC - Specifically NCF have been involved in the NICE Social Care Quality Standard on Dementia ( Sharon Blackburn was a member of the Topic Expert Group). More recently NCF were involved (Sharon Blackburn as Specialiast Advisor to Quality Standards Committee) in the development of the Quality Standard re Mental Health and Wellbeing of Older People in Care Homes. Engagement regarding these standards continue...including work on the Care Audit Advisory Group re the Dementia Standard which HQIP are leading on. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    NCF continue to engage with SCIE to ensure that NCF members are aware of the resources SCIE provide. As appropriate NCF contribute to the production of SCIE resoucres. NCF disseminates information from SCIE to its membership.

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • Utilising our international networks

    Utilising our international networks to ensure learning on best practice from around the world is shared. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    This work continues and goes from strength to strength. A group pf senior colleagues will be visiting fro Australia again this year(2015) and exchanges have taken place betwen colleagues in Europe and the UK. NCF members and NCF staff are actively engaged in speaking at International and European events about a range of topics of which Dementia features highly. Sharon Blackburn is now a Director of CommonAge which seeks to engage commonwaelth colleagues regarding best practice and challenges regarding aged care.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    NCF and its members continue to engage in European and International events, sharing good practice . Study tours have been hosted by NCF and the members ( September and October 2014). The most recent being delegates from Australia and then from Germany. Each tour has seen an exchange of good practice. Delegates have visited member services. What is happening in the UK regarding dementia care is a hot topic for our colleagues from abroad. NCF staff and members also speak at UK and international conferences. In additon there was a recent conference hosted by EAHSA in Amsterdam. Sharon Blackburn is a member of the EAHSA Board.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    All that was reported re connectivity on an international level continues. In additon Sharon Blackbuurn has become a Board member of CommonAge which reaches out to countries within the Commonwealth. EAHSA Conference 2014 takes place in Amsterdam on the 25/26 September.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    The international connections remain strong around the globe. Best practice is shared via the NCF weekly newsletter. NCF was represented at the IAHSA Conference in Shanghai ( Des Kelly Executive Director and Gerald Lee Chairman of NCF). Sharon addressed the ACSA Conference in Melbourne regarding Consumer Directed Care which included the person with dementia and their carers. Connections have been established with the South African(SA) Care Forum who also host the Eden Alternative in SA. The person with dementia and their carers are central to the philosophy of Eden. On the 20 June 2014 it will be the 2nd National Care Home Open Day - this year particpants around the globe are joining with us.  NCF are members of EAHSA and IAHSA( NCF has Board represenation on EAHSA). The EAHSA Conference takes place in Amsterdam in September 2014. Dementia continues to feature on the programme with views being gathered and dissemninated across Europe.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    The NCF held its 20th Anniversary Conference in May 2013. NCF was host to 20 delegates from Australia and one colleague from New Zealand. One of the CEO from Australia spoke at the Conference sharing good practice about Aged Care , including  care for people with dementia. Planning is in hand for the NCF Managers Conference in October 2013. NCF members and EAHSA Colleagues will be attending the IAHSA Confernce in Shanghai in November 2013. Some of our colleagues will be presenting on a variety of topics, including dementia.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress. NCF celebrates its 20thAnniversary this year. At its Annual Conference in May 2013 consideration will be given to the journey taken to date re dementia care and looking ahead to the future. Guests will be visiting from Australia. They will spend time with NCF members visiting their services. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • National Skills Academy for Social Care

    Working with the National Skills Academy for Social Care to inform the leadership programme to support dementia care services. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Des Kelly Executive Director at NCF continues to be a Board member of the newly constituted NSA and Skills for Care which merged in 2014. NCF have worked closely with Skills for Care at the beginning of 2015 through a series of workshops for members to ensure people are prepared for the Care Certificate which is implemenmted form April 2015. lLarning about dementia is a key componant of the Care Certificate.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    NCF continue to work with NSA SC and Skills for Care which have recently merged,  to ensure good outcomes for providers of services and the people who use services.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    The National Skills Academy Social Care and Skills for Care will be merging in May 2014. NCF will continue to work with Skills for Care regarding learning standards and the care certificate to ensure the needs of people with dementia  and  the staff who work with people and their carers are central to all that is developed.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    NCF continues to work closely with the NSA-SC. NCF is represented on the Board by Des Kelly (NCF Executive Director). NCF have actively supported the Registered Manager Programme as well as the Graduate Scheme operated by the NSC-SC. A number of NCF members have hosted graduate trainees. The last cohort have just completed their palcements with the graduate trainee of the year coming from the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    NCF continues to work closely with teh NSA-SC. NCF is represented on the Board by Des Kelly (NCF Executive Director). The focus on the Registered Manager is supported by NCF. The Registered Manager is key to the management of effective servcies for people with dementia and their families. A number of NCF emmbers are particiapting in teh Leadership and Graduate Scheme operated by the NSA-SC.

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • Leading work with the Department of Health

    Leading work with the Department of Health to improve medication management in care homes. 

    Status:
    Completed

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    This work is complete and published . Resources can be accessed on the NCF website at www.nationalcareforum.org.uk

     

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    The resources from this project have now been widely dissemniated and can be found (amongst others) on the NCF website:www.nationalcareforum.org.uk. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    This work is now complete. A final report will be published imminently. NICE has now picked up this work and will progress it.The strength of the project was in the collaboration that took place the whole sector including the Royal Colleges. The Care Home Sector and the people who live in care homes were principle drivers of the work. 

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress. This project is about to conclude. Products have been tested across the sector and findings are due to be published in the near future. 

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • Joint work with NCPC

    Completing joint work with NCPC on supporting people with dementia at the end of life. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    This work is on going. A new MOU has been signed and agreed by NCF and NCPC which puts in place a framework for our ongoing working relationship.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Sharon Blackburn NCF Policy and Communications Director is National Advisor to NCPC on Older People. NCF works very closely with NCPC and the Dying Matters Colaition on the NCPC  Dementia Steering group. NCF members are actively engaged in working with people at the end of life stage who have dementia. NCPC have an annual conference in december regarding dementia. Sharon chairs part of the day. The colloboration is strong between the 2 orgnaisations and beenfits people working in teh sector as well as peole who use services. The joint voice can also influence policy. Sharon is also on the Choice Review Programme Board.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    This work is ongoing. A dementia conference is being planned for December 2014.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    This work is ongoing. Joint working and particiaption in NCPC led conferences/events on dementia and end of life care feature higly in the work of NCF and NCF members.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Sharon Blackburn NCF Policy and Communications Director is National Advisor to NCPC on Older People.NCF works very closely with NCPC and the Dying Matters Colaition on the NCPC  Dementia Steering group. NCF members are actively engaged in working with popel at the end of life stage who have dementia.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • Ensuring that best practice

    Ensuring that best practice from our members is disseminated and shared.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    This work actvely continues through the NCF Forums/conferences/General Members Meetings and the NCF weekly newsletter. NCF members actively share practice and innovation with each other.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    NCF continue to operate 7 Forums for the NCF membership in additon to the General members meetings/conferences and events. The NCF Practice and Quality Forums continue to be key in assisting members to share and disseminate good practice.

    Since the last update a number of NCF members have won awards( including international) showcasing excellent practice and design.  

    NCF are DH straegic partners with VODG and Sue Ryder - regional events have been organised for 2015 to showcase good practice and to share information pertaining to the Strategic Partenrship Programme, as well as wider sector issues, of which dementia forms a part.

    A number of NCF members have hosted visitors from Australia and Germany in September and October 2014 facilitated by NCF. 

    The number of Admiral Nurses employed by NCF members continue to increase. One member is evaluating this approach to their services.

    NCF members continue to present at local and national events on dementia care.

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Continues as planned and previously described. 

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    NCF now operate 7 Forums for the NCF membership in additon to the General members meetings/conferences and events. The NCF Practice and Quality Forums continue to be key in assisting members to share and disseminate good practice.

    Since the last update a number of NCF members have won awards( including international) showcasing excellent practice and design.  

    NCF are DH straegic partners with VODG and Sue Ryder - regional events have been organisaed for 2014 to showcase good practice and to share information pertaining to the Strategic Partenrship Programme, as well as wider sector issues, of which dementia forms a part.

    A number of NCF members have hosted visitors from Eurpoe and further afield sharing good practice and exchanging ideas. More of these are planned via NCF for 2014. In September a delegation from Australia will be visitng and in October a group from Germany.

    The number of Admiral Nurses employed by NCF members continue to increase. One member is evaluating this approach to their services.

    NCF members continue to present at local and national events on dementia care.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    NCF operate 6 Forums for members as well as General Members meetings. The NCF Practice Forum and Quality Assurance Forum are key in asissting members to share good practice and to learn from one another. Many NCF members have won national awards for design and practice in relation to dementia care. They host visits to faciltate shared learning both in the UK and from colleagues abroad. Recent visits have taken place with guest from Australia and France. Colleagues from Germany are visiitng in August. In between members meetings NCF members use email and the secure member section of the NCF website to exchange ideas.

    In March 2013 Somerset Care hosted a Dementia Conference. Several NCF members now have Admiral Nurses post...these are increasing and making an excellent contribution to the person with dementia; their families and the staff within the organisation. NCF members regualrly speak at conferences.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for Quarter Four of 2012. In addition the NCF Managers Conferences took place in November 2012. Dementia care across a range of settings was discussed and members shared a range of innovative approaches being taken to care and the workforce.

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress. 

  • National Care Forum further progress

    An overview of other NCF progress. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

     Whilst it has been said previously ....it is worth saying again:

    NCF continues to promote quality through the not for profit care sector. It achieves this through influencing policy and practice, based on NCF members experience and the experience of people who use their services. NCF members continue to be at the forefront of innovation and continue to seek out evidenced based practice and contributing to future developments. NCF members continue to be commited to continuous quality improvement for people with dementia and their carers.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    NCF continues to promote quality through the not for profit care sector. It achieves this through influencing policy and practice, based on NCF members experience and the experience of people who use their services. NCF members continue to be at the forefront of innovation and continue to seek out evidenced based practice and contributing to future developments. NCF members continue to be commited to continuous quality improvement for people with dementia and their carers

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    NCF continues to promote quality through the not for profit care sector. It achieves this through influencing policy and practice, based on NCF members expereince and the experience of people who use their services. NCF members continue to be at the forefront of innovation and continue to seek out evidenced based practice and contributing to future developments. NCF members continue to be commited to continuous quality improvement for people with dementia and their carers. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    Please see responses to each individual action. NCF members are engaged in a variety of  local research projects  and activities which should improve how dementia care is delivered.and keep the person at the centre. Learning from these activities and projects is integrated into how services are designed and delivered. NCF members are committed to continuous quality improvement for people with dementia and their families.

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress – please see individual items as identified by each action point. NCF members are continuing to develop new services for people with dementia and their families. Many are now engaging Admiral Nurses within their organisations. New models of care are emerging with benefits being gained for people with dementia; their families and the staff who work with them.

    2012 – Fourth Quarter Update

    Annual Report submitted for 2012. 

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    The NCF issues a weekly News letter to all members. This has included the latest news in relation to the NDS Strategy and developments across the sector. It also captures best practice examples re innovation which members share.

    NCF continues to be represented on the NDS IRG by Sharon Blackburn (Policy and Communications Director). Outcomes from these meetings have been communicated to members.

    Sharon Blackburn also works on behalf of NCF with the NCPC as National Advisor on Older People. NCPC continue to produce learning materials and have organised conferences regarding dementia. The next conference will take place in December 2012.

    A workshop regarding the work of the DAA was included the NCF Annual Conference in May 2012. An entry has been written for inclusion in the NCF Annual Review Book which is given out at the NCF Annual Conference. The Annual Review is also circulated to a wide range of key stakeholders

    NCF Annual Managers Conference will take place on the 12/13 November 2012. It is attended by c 200 Managers and senior staff across the NCF membership. Dementia services are always an integral part of the event.Dementia Services remains a key topic for the NCF Practice Forum.

    NCF Members :The Order of St John Care Trust; Bupa and RMBI all are working with Dementia UK and have appointed a number of Admiral Nurses within their respective organisations.

    NCF as members of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) (Sharon Blackburn is a Board Member) are participating in the next EAHSA Conference which takes place in Malta in September 2012. NCF are the English chapter of IAHSA.

    Sharon Blackburn with Prof Julienne Meyer and Hilary Woodhead will be presenting at the UK Dementia Congress 2012.

    In June, Sharon Blackburn presented at the Hammond Care Dementia Conference -Risky Business Conference in Australia.

    NCF have been successful securing funding from the DH to improve medication management in care homes. The project was launched in March 2011. On November the 1st a number of proto types were launched by Paul Burstow Care Services Minister. Phase Two has commenced with the testing of the prototypes.

    NCF members are continuing to press ahead with innovative approaches to dementia care and the lived environment. Somerset Care and Joseph Rowntree are both engaged in projects regarding Dementia Friendly Communities.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    NCF continues to be represented on the NDS IRG by Sharon Blackburn (Policy and Communications Director). Outcomes from these meetings have been communicated to members.

    Sharon Blackburn also works on behalf of NCF with the NCPC as National Advisor on Older People. NCPC continue to produce learning materials and have organised conferences regarding dementia.

    NCF Annual Conference takes place on the 22/23 May 2012. A workshop regarding the work of the DAA has been included in the programme. An entry has been written for inclusion in the NCF Annual Review Book which is given out at the NCF Annual Conference. The Annual Review is also circulated to a wide range of key stakeholders

    NCF holds an Annual Managers Conference. It is attended by c 200 Managers and senior staff across the NCF membership. Dementia services are always an integral part of the event. Planning is in hand for November 2012.

    NCF have facilitated a tour ( May 2012) from colleagues in Sweden to see services in the Wiltshire and Bristol. These include best practice initiatives in relation to dementia care.

    Dementia Services remains a key topic for the NCF Practice Forum.

    The Order of St John Charitable Trust (an NCF member) now has two Admiral Nurses. NCF supports and promotes the Admiral Nurse approach.

    NCF as members of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) (Sharon Blackburn is a Board Member) are engaged in tour and conference participation/planning- Dementia continues to be a key topic. The next EAHSA Conference takes place in Malta in September 2012. Likewise NCF are the English chapter of IAHSA.

    Sharon Blackburn with Prof Julienne Meyer and Barbara Stephens have presented at the Community Care Live Event 2012 on: My Home Life Movement concerning ‘Living alongside Dementia’- perspectives from residents; relatives and staff.

    In June Sharon Blackburn will be presenting at the Hammond Care Dementia Conference -Risky Business Conference in Australia.

    NCF have been successful securing funding from the DH to improve medication management in care homes. The project was launched in March 2011. In November the 1st a number of proto types were launched by Paul Burstow Care Services Minister. Phase Two is commencing with the testing of the prototypes.

    NCF members are continuing to press ahead with innovative approaches to dementia care and the lived environment. Somerset Care and Joseph Rowntree are both engaged in projects regarding Dementia Friendly Communities.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    NCF continues to be represented on the NDS IRG by Sharon Blackburn (Policy and Communications Director). Outcomes from these meetings have been communicated to members. Next meeting is to take place on 2 May 2012.

    Sharon Blackburn also works on behalf of NCF with the NCPC as National Advisor on Older People. NCPC continue to produce learning materials and have organised conferences regarding dementia.

    NCF holds an Annual Managers Conference. It is attended by c 200 Managers and senior staff across the NCF membership. Dementia services are always an integral part of the event. This took place in November 2011.

    NCF held its 8th Annual Conference on the 10/11 May 2011. A workshop on the work the Dementia Action Alliance took place.

    An entry has been written for inclusion in the NCF Annual Review Book which is given out at the NCF 9th Annual Conference due to take place on the 22 and 23 May 2012. The Annual Review is also circulated to a wide range of key stakeholders.

    NCF AGM was an opportunity for members to meet at an NCF member site to see firsthand dementia services and explore care models and the lived environment.

    Dementia Services remains a key topic for the NCF Practice Forum.

    The Order of St John Charitable Trust (an NCF member) now has an Admiral Nurse. NCF supports and promotes the Admiral Nurse approach.

    NCF as members of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) (Sharon Blackburn is a Board Member) are engaged in tour and conference participation/planning- Dementia continues to be a key topic. Likewise NCF are the English chapter of IAHSA.

    The IAHSA Global Ageing Conference took place in Washington DC in October 2011. Sharon Blackburn on behalf of NCF presented at the conference. Of the 2 presentations made one was an education session based on the My Home Life Movement concerning ‘Living alongside Dementia’- perspectives from residents; relatives and staff.

    NCF have been successful securing funding from the DH to improve medication management in care homes. The project was launched in March 2011. On November the 1st a number of proto types were launched by Paul Burstow Care Services Minister. A second phase to the project is anticipated dependent on further funding.

    NCF has reviewed the Skills for Care Dementia modules for the new QCF. Some of NCF Members Activity (This is just a sample.....) in relation to Dementia Care:

    Accord Care and Support are now offering Dementia specific Cafes.

    Avante Partnership are working with Canterbury Chrsitchurch university regarding Dementia Care

    Central and Cecil – Lead Dementia Care Champion across the Group; Dementia champions at each care home. Supported by quarterly meetings. They are joining this work up with the work of the Dignity Champions. They are piloting MyAmego an Assistive Technology system that allows people with dementia to be more independent. They have a local dementia action strategy and action plan. They are using the PEACH philosophy which supports the NDS. People using services and their carers/staff can give feedback through the ‘Star Experience’.

    CLS/Belong – are implementing new models of care in their Belong villages. Using design and the environment to enable people with dementia to have more personalised services. Kerry Fisher was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Dementia Care at the UK Dementia Congress.

    HICA Group – have created new care and housing solutions for people with dementia that are innovative and personalised.