Whether you are searching for care and support for yourself or a loved one, the following websites can offer guidance, advice and practical help.
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.
The official gateway to National Health Service organisations on the Internet
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
The official NHS Scotland website
The official NHS Wales website
Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales
The Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales website
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.
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
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 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.
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 contains an index of online health resources.
Voice of the independent care sector in Scotland.
Government Carer Information
Government information specifically for carers.
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.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation.
MIND (National Association for Mental Health)
A leading mental health charity.
For people with arthritis, helping to promote their health, well being and independence.
A public information and advisory service specialising in the issues relating to long term care.
Guide to Care
Guide to Care is a resource for carers of elderly people.
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.
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.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Provides support for carers at carers’ centres around the country.
Offers advice on benefits and services available to carers.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Offers a counselling service and practical advice after bereavement.
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).
A charity that helps people with diabetes and supports diabetes research.
Disabled Living Foundation
Provides specialist advice for people with disabilities and their carers.
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR)
Provides help on non-medical issues including mobility, education, employment, benefits, discrimination and housing.
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