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Be a better manager

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The Registered Managers’ Programme from the National Skills Academy for Social Care aims to betterequip registered mangers to meet the challenges they face, to reduce their isolation by networking them at a local and national level, and to enable them to recognise their leadership role.

As part of the programme, the Skills Academy are funding local networks to support registered managers on the ground, either where demand has been identified but no networks exist, or to strengthen and expand existing ones.

The Skills Academy selected the first seven local networks, which are now up and running, and you can find more information about these by visiting the Skills Academy’s website. The networks have a broad geographical reach and not only provide fantastic networking opportunities, with some offering the chance to listen to key speakers on topics identified by network members.

Reflecting on their successful application for funding, Penny Collard from Crossroads Coventry and Warwickshire, said:

“We are delighted to have received the funding to enable Coventry registered managers to get together and share their experiences of providing services in the community.

Already a comprehensive programme has been arranged with interesting speakers relevant to our services and the meetings will be continually evaluated to make sure we are meeting registered managers’ needs.”

The Skills Academy are also working with four partners to put on free, innovative local events and workshops, designed to build leadership confidence and address key issues. These will be facilitated and structured to cover a range of pertinent topics, such as co-creation, personalisation and safeguarding. A number will call upon personal development tools to provide individual feedback to attendees.

The local networks, events and workshops are just one of the initiatives through the Registered Managers’ Support Programme and there is still much to do to raise the professional profile of this group, both in the sector and in the wider public arena. This programme intends to equip the nation’s managers to improve the quality of care, the outcome that we all want to see.


Information supplied by:

Martin Smith - National Skills Academy

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  1. Comment by Kylieminoag posted on

    To apply for this funding you need to be a Member of the Registered Manager's Network.
    I tried to access this but found either I or the company had to pay a membership fee before being able to join.... any ideas for how this can truely be free?

  2. Comment by Terri Myers posted on

    The Registered Managers' Support Programme is part of the Skills Academy membership scheme, so there is a capped fee of £35 per annum to join. For this you are able to access to a variety of benefits including: HR, Legal and Peer Support Helplines, access the Resources pages, access to on-line and face to face networking opportunities and of course the chance to bid for up to £2000 of funding to start a local network. However, if you want to join a local network you do not have to be a Member of the Registered Managers' Support Programme. You are welcome to apply for funding without being a Member, but Members will be given priority when assessing applications and should a non Member be successful (with a funding application), they will be required to join.

  3. Comment by George Asamoah posted on

    How do I joint or pay my membership contribution?