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Natalie Scarimbolo, Project Manager at Skills for Care looks at the value that membership can add for registered managers and the invaluable support that’s available for this complex role.

Our registered manager members are part of a 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.

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, programmes and events, and they can also train to become a mentor or receive mentoring themselves.

In a recent survey of our registered managers, the results showed that 97% of respondents would recommend membership to others. Some of the key reasons why the respondents first became a member of Skills for Care included gaining access to advice and guidance, supporting and valuing the work of Skills for Care and being part of a membership body that increases the professional recognition of registered managers.

Respondents also agreed that as a result of membership they had made improvements to the quality of their service, felt less isolated and more confident, valued, and supported. They also stated that membership helps to professionalise the role of registered manager, create a shared identity, and enhance other support received from Skills for Care.

One respondent of the survey said, ‘“Really helpful and useful resource – helps me as manager of an independent, stand-alone home to keep in touch with other managers and keep up to date with the ever increasing changes in health and social care.”

Registered manager membership costs £35 per annum. Those organisations wanting to invest in membership for their managers will receive a 10% discount for 10 or more memberships purchased.

Find out more about the benefits of registered manager membership at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/membership.

er fire logbook, a critical link in the safety of millions of UK buildings has been updated and made fit for modern safety, facilities and compliance professionals with the launch of the revolutionary digital fire logbook from Tio Fire Systems.

Cloud-based and permitted under BS5839-1, Tio’s true Digital Fire Logbook is priced and designed to replace a range of paper logbooks and is pre-configured to bring together a huge number of fire, safety and security topics in one place. It is quick to set up and as easy to use as paper, solves a multitude of issues and radically improves safety, relationships and compliance for all parties, including the building occupier, service provider, risk assessor, installer, commissioning engineers and emergency services.

Full of unique features, Tio’s logbook includes a compliance task manager that automatically schedules and tracks tasks for service providers, building occupiers and risk assessors; a customisable guidance module that helps staff complete jobs, linked asset registers and maintenance, variances, false alarm and activation tracker, custom tasks creator; fire visitor logbook; and digital documents storage. All users get a performance and compliance dashboard, permitting oversight and management from a single site to vast portfolios of properties.

Instead of a paper document in a cabinet at the building entrance, a QR code is displayed, giving either open access to the cloud-based records or, where security is a concern, access to all permitted individuals and organisations.

“Today, there is rightly much more focus on correct compliance, from a building occupier, and FM perspective right through to service providers and the logbook is central to this,” said Jason Hill, sales manager for Tio Fire Safety. “Paper logbooks are too often, inaccurate, incomplete, duplicated, misplaced or lost, all serious issues that are removed in a click with Tio.  We call our product the only true digital fire logbook because, while other products do call themselves logbooks, they are in reality limited, one-way customer portals or engineer tools, not genuine improvements on the paper logbook that permit contributions from all stakeholders. Our Digital Fire Logbook delivers all of the required information, which can be accessed and entered on any web-connected device, ensuring 100% compliance and safeguarding the integrity of the information in any fire incident.

 “At Tio, we believe that fire safety, compliance and maintenance are better achieved through clear communication and efficient management of tasks, assets and responsibilities across many teams and parties. A digital record is becoming essential for accountability and best practice. The logbook can be used independe

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