Associations & Organisations

Nutrition & Water

British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)

The associations aim is to ensure that those suffering from malnutrition or other nutritional problems are recognised and managed appropriately.

British Dietetic Association

The professional association for dietitians. Its aims are to: advance the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects; promote training and education in the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects.

Coeliac Society

The Coeliac Society is dedicated to improving life for Coeliacs and those with Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Nutritionist Resource

Lists registered nutritionists.

Nutrition Society

The Nutrition Society promotes the science of nutrition and its application to the improvement of human health.

Ontario Society of Nutrition Management (OSNM)

A like-minded association to the NACC, which is dedicated to the continuing education and support of Health Care Professionals - find out more on what your Canadian colleagues are up to.

The Vegan Society

An organisation promoting vegan lifestyles, a source of free information and advice on all aspects of veganism.

Vegetarian Society UK

The society offer expert advice on nutritional issues and provide free information to individuals, companies and organisations.

Vegetarian for Life

Their vision is to improve the quality of life of the UK's older vegetarians and vegans. Visit their recipe page for a large selection of recipes.


Sustain are working closely with the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative, and are looking to help any public sector organisation, including care homes, who want to use more sustainable food in their catering. Changing your food purchasing practices is a great way to help your organisation meet its sustainability commitments.

Water UK

What are the latest initiatives regarding hydration and care? Water UK actively seeks to develop policy and improve understanding in areas that involve the industry, and its customers. This site is a fountain of knowledge for all water issues.

Food, Nutrition and Hydration in Health & Social Care Course

This course is now available to staff working in the care sector by logging on to

The outcomes of the course are:

  • Enhance and update learners’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of nutrition
    and hydration as essential ingredients of life

  • Recognise why people become malnourished and/or dehydrated in care settings

  • Identify practical ways in which you can ensure that service users consume their food and drink

  • Identify key best practices and benchmarks related to food and nutrition

This short course is ideal for anyone who has hands on service user care.

Core Learning information Document

Wholesome Recipes for the Mature Customer in a Care Home

Snacking can mean different things to different people, from a piece of fruit to a cereal bar to a sandwich eaten between meals. Snacking is part of the daily routine for many people in the UK. The most common times for snacking among adults appear to be ‘elevenses’ and evening.

Did you know that snacks can:

  • Provide some of the essential nutrients you need each day.
  • Help elderly people with small appetites get the calories and essential nutrients they need.
  • Help you top up your food intake as you go through your day, especially when it’s a long time between meals.
  • Provide you with a great opportunity to meet your recommended 5 A DAY portions of fruit & vegetables.
  • Exclusive Kellogg’s recipe book available to all NACC members

To request a copy please call 0161 869 2189

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Health & Safety

Health & Safety Executive

Britain's Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.

National Association for Safety & Health in Care Services (NASHiCS)

Association who promote and improve health and safety within care services, and provide a forum for individuals and organisations involved in any aspect of health and safety.

Shattered Lives Campaign 2009

Launched on 9 February - the campaign raising awareness of workplace slips, trips and falls and how to easily prevent them. The campaign launches interactive online tools to help you analyse and reduce risks, click here to access information and tools to use in the work place.

Health and Safety in Hospitality and Catering

The hospitality industry covers people working in care homes, day care, community meals and those working as contract caterers to these and other industries. Accident statistics show that the main risk areas for this industry are caused by slips and trips and manual handling accidents . The main cause of occupational ill health is from work related contact dermatitis. Follow the link to find out more about the risks in your care establishment.

Flour dust and enzymes containing additives such as amylase are the second most common cause of occupational asthma. They also cause dermatitis.

Low back pain is common and can be extremely painful. The information on back pain has been revised.

The range of forms support legislation under which businesses are required to submit information to HSE. This is a secure and convenient service developed to make HSE forms more accessible for

Skills & Practice

Association for Public Service Excellence (ASPE)

A not-for-profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK promoting excellence in public services.

Craft Guild of Chefs

A not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services.

Care England

Care England is the largest representative body for community care in England. Working on behalf of small, medium and large providers, it speaks with a single unified voice on behalf of its members and the sector. It seeks to create an environment in which providers can continue to deliver and develop the high quality care that communities require and deserve. In order to do this, ECCA embraces the challenges for the short, medium and long term.

Institute of Hospitality (IM) (formerly the HCIMA)

Association whose primary aim is to promote the highest professional standards of management and education in the international hospitality, leisure and tourism industries.

National Patients Safety Agency (NPSA)

The NPSA leads and contributes to improved, safe patient care by informing and influencing the health sector and includes nursing home care and increasingly work with the wider social care sector.


The National Care Forum has a clear purpose to promote quality outcomes for people who receive care and support services.


National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Established by the government in 2001 to improve social care services for adults and children in the UK.

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

Their aim is to promote continuous improvement in human health world-wide through education, communication and the encouragement of scientific research.


United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.  UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care, which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators. The Association represents over 1,900 members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

UKSP was developed by People 1st – the sector skills council for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism. The site aims to give young people a platform through which they can find out more about the industries, with job information, qualification tips and a range of career tools that can help them find their perfect career path.

Worshipful Company of Cooks

Receiving its first charter in 1482, the Cooks’ Company is as vital today in actively supporting the modern day craft and catering industryasit was, when it controlled all the catering trade within the 'Square Mile' They are the sponsors of the UK’s major Care Cook of the Year Competition.

Guidelines & Reports

Caring Business

Care industry periodical, and promoter of The Care Show.

Cost Sector Catering Magazine

A monthly catering magazine for the cost sector and covers care, healthcare, & education. It is the promoter of the Cost Sector Catering Awards every spring.

Department of Health

Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications.

Food Standards Agency

The UK's independent food safety watchdog set up to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Hospital Caterers Association (HCA)

Professional association, sixty years young in 2008, for catering managers employed in hospitals.

Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA)

The professional association for caterers working in local authority school meals services.

Meat and Livestock Commission

Their aim work with the British meat and livestock industry (cattle, sheep and pigs) to improve its efficiency and competitive position, and promote the use of meat taking into account consumers needs.

National Care Forum

Forum representing the interests of not-for-profit health and social care providers in the United Kingdom.

Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI)

PSFPI aims to deliver the Government's Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy, helping the public sector ensure more sustainable food is consumed in schools, hospitals, prisons and canteens.

The Care Show

The UK's largest event for the care sector, held twice year in the Spring & Autumn

The International Longevity Centre – UK

An independent think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.

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