Supporting the wellbeing of adult social care’s 20,000 registered managers has never been more important, according to Skills for Care’s Georgina Turner, Programme Head for Employer Engagement. She says that the first step is to recognise the contribution they make and to put the building blocks in place to support their wellbeing.
Registered managers have complex and busy leadership roles. The pace of change is unrelenting, the goalposts always moving and the pressure never really lets up. They’re dedicated professionals who work hard, dig deep and typically put the needs of the people they manage and those they support, above their own. This can often be at a personal cost to their own wellbeing.
Registered managers hold the key to a happy, healthy workplace, but they need to invest time in their own wellbeing first. Skills for Care’s ‘Wellbeing for registered managers: a practical survival guide’ therefore sends out a clear message that managing wellbeing is a valid and critical investment of time. It invites managers to think about, and assess, their own wellbeing and build a personal wellbeing plan, using the guide’s top tips, case studies, practical action plans and workbook exercises.
Five ways to wellbeing
The guide breaks down wellbeing into the following ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, as researched by the New Economics Foundation.
Building relationships with external peers can have massive benefits, so the goal is to have a well-rounded network of people that offer both emotional and professional support.
2. Be active
The registered manager role can be both physically and mentally demanding, so planned, regular physical activity has positive benefits.
3. Take notice
Managers should reflect, improve and develop themselves by better understanding the world around them, both in their private and professional lives.
4. Keep learning
Registered managers are always learning, for example about new regulations and innovations. The guide explores how mindset is a huge part of learning
Managers should take the time to recognise what they have to give, including time, expertise, praise and resource. Giving can be mutually beneficial to both the recipient and the person giving support.
Find out more
‘Wellbeing for registered managers: a practical survival guide’ is available to registered manager members of Skills for Care who are part of a growing community of managers improving the quality of care in adult social care.
Find out more at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/membership.