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Strategic bodies: organisations that set national policy, based on legislation passed by government.

Regularoty bodies: have authority in law to ensure the standards set are achieved and can take enforcement action.

Advisory bodies: organisations with specific knowledge or expertise that give advice and opinion supporting policy and /or design standards.

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

Advisory body

ADASS is a charity and the representative body for Directors of Adult Social Care in Councils in England. It promotes research, best practice and locally embeds government policy. It also advises government on key issues affecting quality of social care.

British Association of Occupational Therapists

Advisory body

This independent body has a role in developing professional standards and representing Occupational Therapists. It sets frameworks and quality standards and accredits training. All practising Occupational Therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

College of Social Work

Advisory body

This independent body has a role in representing social workers and developing professional social work standards. The College of Social Work sets frameworks and quality standards. All practising social workers must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Councils (HCPC), the regulator for social workers and allied health professionals.


Advisory body

Healthwatch is the national body that champions people who use health and social care and has a key focus on the design of integrated care. There are duties in law to ensure Councils , Health services and Regulators respond to issues raised by Healthwatch. Each area has a local Healthwatch that feeds into the national body and they all operate very differently.

National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE)

Advisory body

NICE has a statutory role to develop quality standards across health and social care. NICE produces national evidence based guidance, quality standards and advice to improve the quality of care and support in both social care and health settings. To support best practice, NICE hosts the Social Care External Network. Providers of social care need to be aware of NICE. The Care Act 2014 forces commissioners of social care to pay due regard to NICE guidance when developing services.

NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC)

Advisory body

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) develops guidance about social care for children and adults on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The NCCSC also helps to ensure that people who commission, provide and use care services know about the NICE guidance and related quality standards and are supported to put them into practice. The consortia is led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Organisations that represent various parts of the social care sector

Advisory body

There are a range of organisations representing the sector such as care homes, homecare and specialist groups of providers. Many are fee based membership organisations and some act as consultative bodies to influence national policy and practice.

For purposes of this map, we have listed those who are members of the Think Local Act Personal partnership:

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Advisory body

This independent body has a role in developing professional nursing standards and representing nurses. The RCN College sets frameworks and quality standards. All practising nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Skills for Care (SfC)

Advisory body

Skills for Care encompassing the National Skills Academy for social care is the employer-led workforce development body that supports adult social care employers and other partners to develop the sector skills, knowledge and values required for quality delivery. It produces standards and resources to support key social care workforce development and advises strategic bodies on social care workforce issues.

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)

Advisory body

SCIE is an independent charity and improvement agency that produces practice guides, learning resources, research and evaluation, and delivers training and consultancy services. SCIE and Skills for Care are working together to develop a joint improvement offer to care providers. This will include an online resource - Care Improvement Works - which will signpost to relevant, freely available resources produced by both organisations, TLAP and NICE, mapped against CQC's inspection questions.

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

Advisory body

TLAP is a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. The National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG) - a group of people who use services, carers and family members - are central to TLAP's decision making. TLAP brings together strategic bodies directly with NCAG to influence health and social care policy at national, regional and local level and to give a consumer voice on quality of service or policy impact.