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About Us

Learn more about the RCPA

Who we are

The RCPA is the Somerset-wide member association for providers or health and social care and support. It was established in 1981 by a small group of care provider organisations to provide support and advice to other provider organisations across the County.

What we do

Originally focusing primarily on care homes, it has since then broadened out its membership to include a wider range of providers including home care, supported living and day care. Today it works with a broad range of organisations delivering care and support services across a wide range of client groups.

Other services

As well as providing representation, advice, support and information to our membership, we also engage with wider conversations involving others in the sector including a wide range of providers, social services and the NHS, housing and education and training providers. We represent our membership on a range of consultative and planning groups and fora and support providers in the transformation and development of services across Somerset.

Our funding

We receive grant funding from Somerset County Council to run a Trusted Assessor scheme which provides an additional resource to providers in relation to the discharge of individuals from hospital back home. For further information about this service, see our designated web page.

Online DBS Services

We offer a personal and efficient online DBS service for both members and non-members.

Workforce Development Fund

We are distributing this year’s Workforce Development Fund in partnership with Skills for Care.

Trusted Assessor Scheme

Improving the pathway into and out of hospital for people in receipt of care and support.

Policies & Procedures

We offer a comprehensive range of policies and procedures free of charge to our members.

Meet the team


Simon Blackburn

Chief Executive Officer

Simon has over thirty years’ experience of working in the health and social care sector. This has included mental health and learning disabilities, cancer, complex care, supported living and residential care. He has chaired and led local and national fora for social care provider organisations and worked in a consultancy role delivering training, organisational development and user involvement. Simon also has over ten years’ experience of teaching with The Open University.

Laura Stooke

Business Manager

Diana Sharp

Office Administrator

Hilary Robinson

Trusted Assessor Scheme

Kylie Springall

Trusted Assessor Scheme

Board of Directors

Our trustees are drawn from the RCPA membership and reflect this broad range of provider organisations.

Richard Brice, (Chair), Mountbatten Nursing Home;
Sandra Joyce, Linden House;
Richard Allistone, Netherclay Homecare and Chelston Gardens;
Debra Wielkapolska, Towans;
Richard Smith, Way Ahead Care;
John Rossiter, Daneswood House;
Sharon Campbell, Somerset Care;
Paula Howlett, Abbeyfield;
Chris Wall, Brunel Care