Edward Hopkins, Membership Lead at Skills for Care looks at the value that membership can add to registered managers and the invaluable support that’s available for this complex role.
The question of professional identity for registered managers is a key one for Skills for Care, which is why we’re championing this key role through our registered manager membership across England.
Our members are a rapidly growing community of dedicated managers, committed to delivering outstanding care. We’re supporting them to develop themselves and their services by sharing best practice and accessing relevant, tailored information and resources for their role.
In addition to thousands of individual members, many organisations have taken the decision to invest in their registered managers through membership. They include local authorities, housing associations, CCGs as well as local and national care providers. They’re demonstrating to new managers that they take their induction, training and ongoing support seriously, whilst rewarding longer serving managers through continued commitment to their development needs.
Members have exclusive access to a bank of resources, which continues to grow, starting with a copy of the ‘Social care manager’s handbook’ when they join, followed by a monthly newsletter including topical articles from sector experts and peers. Members also have the chance to take advantage of discounts on key resources and seminars and access a members-only Facebook group and webinars on current topics. They can also train to become a mentor or receive mentoring themselves. Renewing members are also eligible to receive an annual member-only resource, like the popular ‘Wellbeing for registered managers – a practical survival guide’.
One provider of care and support services in the UK, CareTech Group, has recently joined their managers to membership. Nigel Taylor, Head of Learning and Development commented on how, for them, membership is more than the benefits on offer:
“Membership isn’t just about the fantastic resources our managers have received, it’s about creating a shared identity and status around the role of the registered manager.”
Registered manager membership costs only £35 per annum. Those organisations wanting to invest in membership for their managers will receive a 10% discount for 10 or more memberships.
Find out more about the benefits of registered manager membership at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/membership