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National Care Association

National Care Association was formed in 1981. Its primary aim is to lobby the Government to benefit both its members and the people in their care. The other aims are representing members and their service users nationally, to promote high standards of care, and to support local associations and members.

In April 2023, the NCA announced a merger with the Registered Nursing Home Association. The merged organisation is called the National Care Association and with over 1200 individual members is the largest trade association in the country.

Local associations were the motivating force in the formation of the National Care Association, with the founding fathers realising that work needed to be done nationally as well as locally and the best way to achieve this was by a national association of like-minded home owners.

Members of the Board of Directors retain close links with their local Associations, thereby ensuring strong links with both national and local issues. This allows the Kent office to stay in close touch with grassroot concerns and enables it to present the real situation facing the care sector to the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Children Schools and Families.

National Care Association  has 700 members and 3,500 Associate Members. These are primarily SME care providers, both care home and domiciliary care. These businesses cater for a diverse client group and vary in size.


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