Founded in 2016 in by care worker Paul Featherstone.
NACAS is now recognised as the social care sectors premium professional membership organisation exclusively for care and support workers in the United Kingdom.
We are committed to advancing and promoting care and support workers as professionals.
NACAS provides premium professional body membership options to help develop their careers by encouraging the uptake of knowledge, skills, conduct and best practice,
NACAS's work is generously supported by our partners who enable us to provide our members with an extensive range of benefits, for which we are extremely grateful
The values that sit within person-centred care are: individuality, rights, privacy, choice, independence, dignity, respect, and partnership. Treat the people you support as individuals with respect, compassion and dignity. Recognise their uniqueness, and make them, and their supporting network of family and friends, partners in all aspects of their care.
Compassion is how care is given through relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity - it can also be described as intelligent kindness, and is central to how people perceive their care. Always act with compassion and be respectful of each other and the people you care for. Take every opportunity to be mindful of cultural and ethnic diversity and support the individual to make independent, safe choices within their capacity.
Always treat people equably, without favouritism or discrimination and value the importance of all human relationships, not just with the people we support, but also our colleagues. Work to strengthen these relationships in order to enhance the well-being of individuals and
communities wherever we can.
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. Members should behave in a manner that supports and advances our professional reputation and will not bring the care
working profession, their employer or Nacas into disrepute.
Always practice within your areas of competence, but also strive to continuously develop your professional knowledge, experience and skills, and use those attributes to contribute to the knowledge of the profession as a whole by supporting the development of colleagues
and by sharing that knowledge and experience with others.
For far too long, the social care workforce, has been undervalued for the amazing and essential work they do, caring and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Often seen as a low skilled, simply because the wages are low, and seen as non professional, as for the most part working as a social care worker does not require a raft of educational qualifications or degrees to do so.
Neither was there an organisation that was solely dedicated to the care workforce. somewhere that care workers could call their own, and somewhere that they could feel respected and supported.
The National Association of Care & Support Workers was set up to start to address these issues, and to become that support and representative organisation, specifically for care and support workers.
There is a lot we are doing to support our members, and NACAS is supported in our work, by established organisations such as Care Quality Commission, Social Care Wales, Skills for Care, Care England, the Institute for Social Care Management, and other highly respected social care stakeholders such as the National Care Forum.
By becoming a member of NACAS, not only will you be demonstrating your own commitment to your career, profession and craft, but also by lending us your voice as we continue our work representing our members in all formal discussions in raising the profile of the social care workforce.
In addition, you will be playing an important part in the development of NACAS as the professional body for the social care workforce, and we will do everything we can to support you in your career.
We feel that as an Association, giving care and support workers the opportunity to join their own professional body, giving them them the respect and recognition they deserve is a step in the right direction, and with every new member we grow stronger.
So why not join NACAS and help us to bring respect and recognition to our amazing vocation?