Good managers and leaders in social care are fully committed to embedding best practice in their service by engaging with peers and sharing ideas and information that will support them to deliver high quality care.
Skills for Care’s exploratory research, published in 2018, revealed that making links to other managers is a crucial part of building networks of support, highlighting the importance and value of networking for registered managers.
Skills for Care facilitates registered manager networks, covering every local authority area in England, that offer registered managers the chance to meet locally with other like-minded managers who often face similar, everyday challenges.
Oliver French, project manager at Skills for Care commented: “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 professional membership body where managers can connect and share best practice.”
Dawn Hartley is registered manager for Community Support Services and Network Chair for Calderdale and believes that networks are essential for support: “The sharing of information is key. Some of our managers work in isolation, so it’s great to get together and discuss the things we worry about and get support from others. We talk openly and frankly about our experiences. I’ve seen some fantastic working relationships develop as a result.”
Networks give registered managers the chance to:
- access peer support, reducing isolation
- share valuable information about their role and service
- share skills and best practice
- be better prepared for inspection
- learn from guest speakers, including regulators and commissioners.
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Further support for registered managers can be found from the Skills for Care website.