National support programme for registered care managers launched

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Caring Times, May 2013

A national programme of support for registered managers has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Social Care. The programme aims to better-equip registered managers to meet the challenges they face, to reduce their isolation by networking them at local and national level, and enabling to recognise their leadership role.

Speaking at the programme’s launch in March, care services minister Norman Lamb said the Department of Health recognised the valuable role registered managers play in delivering quality services.

“We have also heard the message that registered managers often feel isolated and need more support in their role,” said Mr Lamb.

“We commissioned the Skills Academy to look at how registered managers can be better supported.The programme will make a real difference to registered managers, providing the practical help and support they need. I feel it is another step forward towards making life better for the thousands of people who use care services.”

Debbie Sorkin, chief executive of the Skills Academy, said the programme had received support from right across the social care sector and was rooted in the needs identified by registered managers, and would use the behaviours identified in the Skills Academy’s Leadership Qualities Framework to put values at the heart of social care practice and strengthen leadership capacity.

“It will include, for example, funding to establish or strengthen local networks of registered managers, so that we can support them in networking with, and supporting, each other,” said Ms Sorkin.

Call for partners

“We will also be calling for partners – employers, local care associations and others – with whom we can work to put on fully-funded meetings, workshops and other events. There will be a national online network and easy access to information, guidance and support through pages on the Skills Academy website dedicated to registered managers, and registered managers will form a distinctive cadre of membership within the Skills Academy.”

The support programme is based around four key themes: n putting values into practice: building practical support and engagement among registered managers at local and regional level; n gathering and disseminating information, including around values-based recruitment; n engaging with employers; n promoting the idea of registration and/or accreditation.

“We know that the Government sees developing leadership as key to realising the objectives set out in the White Paper, Caring for our future,” said Ms Sorkin.

“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 among 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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