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the Care Provider Alliance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is the collective, national voice of adult social care providers in England.

We bring together the ten national associations which represent private, voluntary and community sector providers.

We speak for the whole of the adult social care sector including care homes, home care services, Shared Lives schemes and retirement communities.

We represent providers of support to adults with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, people with mental ill-health, and older people.

CPA members cover almost 10,000 organisations, employ over 600,000 staff, and support an estimated 1 million people.

Our Role§

Our role is to:

  • coordinate responses across all care providers
  • inform and influence policymakers
  • provide leadership to the sector
  • work in partnership to improve care
  • build awareness of the care provider sector

Our unparalleled reach into the care sector enables us to collect, collate and communicate insights about new developments, innovations and market trends, and their impact on care providers and the people they support. Working with our network of CPA members, we develop and share practical advice and guidance for care managers, owners and staff.

Find out more about the CPA key policy areas.

Our workstreams§

Our current priorities, as of February 2023, are:

  • Business continuity: Guidance to support market sustainability and business continuity.
  • Commissioning and funding: Insights and commentary on funding reform, market fragility and commissioning practice.
  • Integrated care:Emerging practice on engaging care providers as key strategic partners in Integrated Care Systems. Includes a new Learning Network.
  • Digital and data developments: Guidance, support and emerging practice on using digital technology and supporting safe data sharing.
  • Winter pressures: Guidance and advice on managing winter pressures, including covid and flu vaccination programme.

See our Key Policy Statements.


The Care Provider Alliance is an informal body, comprising the ten national adult social care provider associations.

The role of CPA chair rotates annually across each of the ten associations.

Read our terms of reference

Jane Townson

Current Chair

Jane Townson

Our current Chair is Jane Townson, Chief Executive Officer of the Homecare Association.

Vic Rayner

Next Chair

Vic Rayner

Our next Chair will be Vic Rayner, Chief Executive Officer of the National Care Forum.

Nadra Ahmed

Previous Chair

Nadra Ahmed

Our immediate past Chair was Nadra Ahmed, Executive Chairman of the National Care Association.

Find out more about CPA members

Working with us§

We work with a range of national bodies - including government departments - to gain insights, produce and share guidance, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges of running effective care services. We offer our extensive sector knowledge, expertise and reach on a consultancy basis through our members.

We are also keen to form alliances and partnerships with other organisations and networks that share our aims