The power of networks for managers

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Good managers and leaders in social care are fully committed to embedding best practice in their service by engaging with peers and sharing ideas that will develop their knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality care. The importance and value of networking can’t, therefore, be underestimated.

Skills for Care facilitates Registered Manager Networks, covering every local authority area in England. These networks offer managers the chance to meet with other local managers who often face similar, everyday challenges. They’re a valuable source of information and support for managers who can find themselves isolated in this pivotal role. They’re led by network chairs, who are themselves registered managers and understand the daily pressures of the sector. Local networks meet at least three times a year and the agendas are always relevant to those attending.

Marlene Kelly is the registered manager at Auburn Mere residential care home in Watford and chairs her local network. She says: “The registered manager role can be isolating, particularly in the smaller services, so making connections with other managers in your area is really valuable. I find it comforting to talk to others who love their role but understand the daily pressures it brings. We are all trying to do our best by achieving a balance of offering the very best service possible to those who we support and managing our own and our team’s development and wellbeing.”

Another manager at the Derby Registered Manager added: “The managers that attended were very supportive of the network and found it very useful to have the opportunity to talk to a representative from the CQC, who was very pleased to see networks like ours being set up and to support these.”

 The benefits

Networks give registered managers the chance to:

  • access peer support, reducing isolation
  • share valuable information about their role and service
  • increase confidence outside of their daily environment
  • share skills and best practice
  • feel more confident and prepared for inspection
  • learn from guest speakers, including regulators and commissioners.

Oliver French, Project Manager at Skills for Care concludes: “As the go-to organisation for registered managers, we’re working hard to ensure that managers receive the praise and professional recognition they deserve through a number of initiatives, including our Registered Manager Networks and Registered Manager Membership where managers can connect and share best practice.”

Find out more

Join your local Registered Manager Network at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/networks

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