Sources of advice and support

  • Sources of advice and support

Whether you are searching for care and support for yourself or a loved one, these websites can offer guidance, advice and practical help.

Government organisations

Department of Health
The official website of the Department of Health providing information on latest policies, and development regarding all aspects of health and social care.

Care Quality Commission
The CQC is the health and social care regulator for England. You can use this to find the most recent inspection reports for providers of healthcare.

NHS Website
The official gateway to National Health Service organisations on the Internet

NHS Direct
NHS Direct is a telephone and web service providing confidential healthcare advice 24 hours a day

NHS - National electronic library for health
The NHS National electronic library for health official site

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE provides guidance on current best clinical practice

NHS Scotland
The official NHS Scotland website

NHS Wales
The official NHS Wales website

Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales
The Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales website

UK Online
UK Online provides government information and services


Health & social care news

BBC Health News
Health news from the BBC

Department of Health News
Latest NHS and social care news from the Department of Health

Community Care Magazine
The website of Community Care magazine

Health Service Journal website, a trade magazine providing the latest news on developments in the health sector.


Healthcare organisations

British Medical Association
The BMA is a professional association of doctors, representing their interests and providing services for its 123,000 plus members

The General Medical Council
The GMC is the regulator of the medical profession

Nursing & Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council protects the public through professional standards

NHS Confederation
The Confederation brings together the organisations that make up the modern NHS across the UK

The Patients Association
The Patients Association runs campaigns to support patients' rights and to improve healthcare services


General health & social care information

Patient UK
Patient UK provides a wealth of information about health and diseases as well as search facilities for support groups and local health facilities and services.

Private Healthcare UK
Private Healthcare UK helps people find information about health insurance, private hospitals, nursing and residential care, health screening and the private healthcare industry in general.

Patient Opinion
A non profit feedback platform giving patients the opportunity to talk about the services they receive.

The King's Fund
The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation whose goal is to improve health.

UK Healthcentre
UK Healthcentre contains an index of online health resources.

Scottish Care
Voice of the independent care sector in Scotland.

Government Carer Information
Government information specifically for carers.


Information for people with learning disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
One of the most comprehensive websites on learning disabilities in the UK.

Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

British Institute of Learning Disabilities
The organisation is committed to improving the quality of life of people with learning disabilities.


Information for people with mental health needs

British Brain and Spinal Foundation
British Brain and Spinal Foundation supports brain and spinal research.

Headway - The brain injury association.
Headway - The brain injury association.

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation.

MIND (National Association for Mental Health)
A leading mental health charity.


Information for older people

Age UK
Age UK has been helping older people across the UK for more than 60 years.

Alzheimer's Society

For support, information, advice and local services for those looking after someone with dementia.

Arthritis Care
For people with arthritis, helping to promote their health, well being and independence.

Bettercaring is dedicated to helping care professionals and consumers find care homes in the UK.

A public information and advisory service specialising in the issues relating to long term care.

Care Directions
The internet's unique guide to care and the rights of older people. Register for a free, regular e-newsletter.

Care Info
The website for the long term care sector.

Centre for Policy on Ageing
An independent organisation promoting social policies that allow older people to achieve the full potential of their later years.

Action on Elder Abuse
Action on Elder Abuse aims to prevent the abuse of older people

Guide to Care
Guide to Care is a resource for carers of elderly people.

Help the Aged
Provides practical support to help older people to lead independent lives, especially the frail, isolated and poor.

Elderly Accommodation Counsel
Provides advice on finding and paying for all types of housing for older people, including sheltered housing, residential care and nursing homes.

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Provides information on retirement and assisted living developments.

Hanover Housing Association
Hanover provides an integrated range of housing and care solutions for older and disabled people.


Primary Care

Out-of-Hours Development & Implementation - Home
Out-of-Hours Development & Implementation – Home.

National Association of Primary Care
The National Association of Primary Care has been formed as a non-political, non-profit making membership organisation to represent and support the interests of all primary healthcare professionals and organisations.


Information for people with eating disorders

Beat is particularly helpful for finding out about available treatment within England and the rest of the United Kingdom and providing online and telephone support.

Care UK Eating Disorders
Our dedicated website provides information and resources for people living with a range of eating disorders.



The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Provides support for carers at carers' centres around the country.

Carers UK
Offers advice on benefits and services available to carers.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Offers a counselling service and practical advice after bereavement.

Deafblind UK
Deafblind UK is a national charity which provides a range of support services to deafblind adults and their carers. It also campaigns on behalf of deafblind people.
A useful interactive information site on deafness and British Sign Language (BSL).

Diabetes UK
A charity that helps people with diabetes and supports diabetes research.

Disabled Living Foundation
Provides specialist advice for people with disabilities and their carers.

Huntington's Disease Association
The Huntington's Disease Association online.

Macmillan Cancer Relief
Macmillan Cancer Relief is a UK charity supporting people with cancer.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Motor Neurone Disease Association's website.

Multiple Sclerosis Society
Offers information to people with MS and their friends, carers and family.

Parkinson's Disease Society
Provides help for people with Parkinson's Disease and their relatives.

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR)
Provides help on non-medical issues including mobility, education, employment, benefits, discrimination and housing.

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem.

Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Provides information, residential care, interpreting service, training, special telephone service and environmental aids for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The UK's leading organisation working for people with deafblindness and associated disabilities.

The Stroke Association
A national charity that provides information for patients, their families and their carers.


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