About the Forum


Active for nearly 20 years, since direct payments began, the Forum has always been a network for workers who deal with frontline issues in social and health care. We represent the value of practical experience.  Our committee of volunteers organise 4 meetings for members a year with speakers, practical discussion and group sessions.

Aims of the Forum

Our aims are:

  • To spread and share best practice among London's direct payment support services, support planners, brokers and self-directed support staff in local authorities and clinical commissioning groups as well as in the voluntary and independent sectors. 
  • To support the take-up of self-directed support throughout London and nationally by encouraging and developing professional excellence in its members.
  •  To support the development of genuine routes to independence for all recipients of self-directed support in the 33 London boroughs and nationally, through open and honest cooperation of its members.
  • To strive to be an independent voice in the field nationally, accurately reflecting the reality of the provision of self-directed support in London and nationally by means of conferences, training events, surveys and reports.