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Adult social care – useful links

National organisations§

See details of all the Care Provider Alliance members, who they support and how. 


Care Quality Commission

The regulator of adult social care services in England.


Social Work England

The regulator for social workers in England.


Health and Care professionals Council

The regulator of 15 health and care professionals. (Note most care workers are not required to be registered with HCPC or Social Work England).


Skills for Care

National charity and workforce development organisation for the social care sector.


Social Care Institute for Excellence

National charity and improvement agency for the social care sector.


Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

National body representing local authority directors of adult social services.


Think Local Act Personal

A national partnership of more than 50 organisations focused on transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support.


Useful links and programmes§

Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2020

Skills for Care report providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of all the latest workforce figures for the adult social care sector. The report shows that the number of people working in adult social care in England has increased again to 1.52 million workers carrying out 1.65 million jobs which are spread over 18,200 organisations and 38,000 establishments.


Workforce Development Fund 2020-21

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is open to adult social care employers in England to support the development of their staff at all levels, offering funding for a wide range of qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules. The fund is distributed by Skills for Care on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.


Care and Support Jargon buster – Think Local, Act Personal

An online A-Z directory of Plain English definitions of the most commonly used words and phrases in health and social care. Updated regularly by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP). You can also send TLAP suggestions for jargon to include.


Quality matters

Quality Matters is an initiative to improve the quality of adult social care, led jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and partners from across the adult social care sector.


Digital Social Care

Website providing advice and support to care providers on technology and data protection. Run by social care provider, for social care providers – including CPA members.