Skills for Care is the membership organisation for registered managers in England, supporting thousands of managers to develop best practice and knowledge, keep-up-to-date and share ideas with other managers.
Oliver French, Project Manager at Skills for Care says the support is based on several clear principles and beliefs.
Other registered managers are one of the best sources of support
Our members have the opportunity to train to become a mentor for free (saving £160 on our mentoring programme) or to ask to be mentored by another manager.
They also receive access to a busy, members-only Facebook group. This gives members an opportunity to ask questions (eg “what e-record system are you using?” or “does anyone have a good example of…?”) and to share good news or challenges.
We also ensure that members hear from each other through features in their monthly newsletter.
These are just some of the ways we ensure that our members are making links and hearing from the people who really understand their role; other managers.
Information and guidance must be clear, practical and regular
Each member receives a printed copy of our ‘Social care managers handbook’ when they join Skills for Care. This companion guide provides an overview of the responsibilities of the registered manager role – as well as examples of best practice.
Our members’ monthly newsletter includes a series of regular features, offering practical advice and information, as well as a ‘Cut out and keep’; a longer article which we encourage members to print and add to their handbook.
We know that to manage a service and meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), managers need to stay up-to-date. We also know, in a busy role you need the right information at the right time.
We use our position to celebrate and champion the work managers do
We know that the registered manager role doesn’t always receive the recognition it deserves. We believe that when a manager tells someone that they’re a registered manager, they should immediately recognise what that means – in the same way, that the public recognises regulated roles like social workers, occupational therapists or nurses.
Through our work with members, our Registered Manager Reference Group and our wider activity, Skills for Care supports and champions the work of registered managers.
Become a member for only £35 per year at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/membership .