Health and Social Care Forum (HSCF)


Health and Social Care Forum (HSCF)

The HSCF is a network of voluntary and community sector groups with an interest in health and social care. The network is open to any interested individuals or groups.

The Forum aims to ensure that:

  • the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) perspective is heard in the Health and Social Care planning and commissioning of services in City and Hackney;
  • that we have accountable and supported VCS representatives in Health and Social Care planning and commissioning meetings in City and Hackney;
  • that Health and Social Care VCS groups have opportunities to network and to share good practice in City and Hackney;
  • that Health and Social Care VCS groups have access to quality information on local and national policy, planning and funding that will assist them to deliver quality services to Hackney residents.

The Health and Social Care Forum

Details of the HSCF can be downloaded here. If you are a VCS organisation and would be interested in joining a SIG, please email

To keep informed of when the next Health and Social Care Meeting is being held, sign up for the Hackney CVS newsletter.

Read more about the Health and Social Care Forum held in March 2022 – Health and Care System Demystified.


Would you like to be an HSCF representative?

We are grateful to our representatives, who go to meetings to take forward the views of the Forum and special interest groups. If you are interested in joining us please get in touch with Shamima on 020 7923 1962.


Strategic Groups (SGs)

HSCF facilitates SGs arranged around the following areas to ensure representation and influence on key health and social care issues for Hackney residents, including: learning disability; mental health; disabled people; sexual health; user-led initiatives and welfare reform in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Hackney Advice Forum.

Mental Health SIG
The Mental Health Special Interest Group (The Group) exists to provide a forum in Hackney and City for anyone who has an interest in the provision of mental health services.

Hackney Advice Forum – Network
The Hackney Advice Forum aims to help independent advice agencies in the borough improve the quality, level and co-ordination of their services and activities by providing a network and mechanism for advice agencies and those involved in advice work, to share and learn and develop effective ways of working together; helping the sector to obtain the resources it needs (money, training, information, etc.) to get the best possible outcomes for users and communities; and providing a voice for the independent advice sector locally.