Department of Health pledges its support for managers’ network

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Caring Times, September 2013

Jon Rouse, director general for social care, local government and care partnerships, has pledged Department of Health support for the National Skills Academy for Social Care to expand its national network of registered managers to at least 5,000 members.

Speaking at a Skills Academy reception to celebrate the launch of the first local networks and free workshops for registered managers, Jon Rouse praised the initiative – the only one of its kind for registered managers across the country – and reiterated that putting more support behind registered managers was one of his personal priorities.  In his view, “registered managers are the pivot point between leading and inspiring the staff team to deliver great care and the day-to-day management of the service.”

He urged registered managers to join the network, citing his own experience of talking with a registered manager during a recent visit to an excellent care home in Kent.  The manager had joined the network and told him that for the first time in 20 years, they finally felt connected to the sector.
The importance of this sense of connection, especially for registered managers working in rural settings or in smaller organisations, was also echoed by Mandy Thorn, chief executive of Marches Care and vice-chair of the National Care Association.  In Mandy’s words: “I have worked in social care for twenty years now and in the past there has been this hole in lack of peer support for registered managers, particularly for those who work for smaller organisations, where that support from colleagues and peers is not always available.    The registered managers’ programme from the Skills Academy is a fantastic step in supporting registered managers, in promoting the professionalism of our sector and in raising the profile of the role.”
Debbie Sorkin, chief executive of the Skills Academy, emphasised the Skills Academy’s commitment to the programme and its drive to promote membership as widely as possible.  
 “Ultimately, our aim is for every registered manager in England to be part of this network.  We know that the Government sees developing leadership as key to realising the objectives set out in the Social Care Bill and in last year’s White Paper, Caring for our future.   Our support for registered managers at local and national level is one of the Skills Academy’s primary contributions to achieving those aims.  Through the programme, we will build practice and leadership confidence amongst registered managers, to strengthen the pipeline of talent in the sector and to drive up the quality of care and support to people who use services.”

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