As a leader or manager in a social care organisation, your actions affect others around you. Good leadership and management can transform an organisation, whilst inadequate skills in these roles can destroy it.
It's important that leaders and managers are given the opportunity to develop themselves, if the highest standards of quality in social care are to be attained and maintained across the sector.
Our leadership development programmes are designed to support you in achieving this.
Our leadership programmes are perfect for social care leaders in varying roles, from managers to directors, who want to develop their leadership skills and learn alongside their peers.
Skills for Care is the home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care. If you're a member of the National Skills Academy, you could get a discount on the below programmes.
Well-led leadership development programme
Well-led is a national leadership development programme for managers of adult social care services working in the private, public or third sectors.
The programme is grounded in the reality of social care delivery and has been developed in partnership with registered managers familiar with the day-to-day challenges of leading a care team. Made up of a series of practical workshops, the programme is designed to enable leaders to deliver care in line with the expectations of a well-led service.
You’ll find out what managers of well-led organisations do to achieve and sustain high standards and how to apply these examples across your own organisation to deliver high-quality, person-centred care. Throughout the programme you will be supported to develop your leadership skills, advance your service and have a real impact in your workplace in order to secure a well-led future.
“Learning from other managers and the facilitators was a great place to reflect on plans for my service, make changes to my approach and forge new plans. The Well-led programme is relevant to both new and experienced managers, because you are talking about the same thing - striving for improvement.”
Jason Denny, Registered Manager at Old Hastings House, Well led Cohort 1
Our four interactive workshops, over four days, explore live issues, challenges and practical examples of well-led services:
Day 1: Know yourself – looking inwards
Day 2: Leading a successful service – looking around
Day 3: Leading high performing teams – looking sideways
Day 4: Leading in and beyond the boundaries of your service – looking outwards
2017/18 programme dates and venues
Wednesday 4 October
Tuesday 7 November
Tuesday 16 January
Tuesday 24 October
Tuesday 28 November
Tuesday 6 February
Tuesday 21 November
Wednesday 10 January
Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 9 January
Wednesday 14 February
Tuesday 20 March
To book a place click on your preferred location above. Our last programme was oversubscribed, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If you're interested in Well-led but unable to attend any of our 2017/18 scheduled programmes we may look to run further programmes elsewhere, dependent on levels of interest. To express your interest in this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- £935 +VAT for registered manager members of the National Skills Academy for Social Care (membership costs £35. To find out more please click here)
- £985 +VAT for non-members
A discount is available to self-funding participants.
For enquiries please email email@example.com
New Directors - development programme for new and aspiring directors
The New Directors development programme is for directors who are new to their role in social care and who hold statutory responsibility. It has been developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
The programme aims to shape the leadership techniques of directors of adult social services, to enhance their skills and develop new ones. It also gives new directors the opportunity to learn from and with each other in forming learning networks to support their work.
If you take part in this programme, you'll also learn from experienced directors and political leaders, as well as senior voices from business, government and social care.
"I am now constantly assessing my own practice and have the means to better myself, which in turn creates a happier, smoother workplace and, most importantly, improves the quality of service we offer." Former participant in the New Directors programme.
To express your interest in the next programme, starting in November 2017, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving Up - development programme for aspiring senior leaders
Developing the diversity of leaders in social care
Our Moving Up programme supports managers to step up and establish themselves within senior leadership management roles.
There are two entry routes, an open access route for all those seeking support in moving up and a route for those social care leaders from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Registration for the Moving Up (BAME) programme is now open and helps social care leaders in the private, public or third sectors to:
- develop leadership potential as a care professional
- lead in a complex and changing environment
- increase confidence as a leader
- use new networks for support and advice.
This programme is perfect for leaders aspiring to progress into the most senior positions in social care. If you are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background and are in a social care leadership role, this programme will benefit you. It’s particularly relevant for service managers, registered managers, heads of service and operational managers.
I've incorporated a great deal of what I have learnt into practice. The programme has helped me to focus on my strengths as a leader and has made me more confident in my current management role.
2017/18 programme dates and venues
The Moving Up (BAME) programme offers a package of support and development over seven days. It includes access to workshop and residential development sessions, group mentoring and coaching, action learning sets and networking opportunities.
- 24-25 November 2017 – Residential in Warwickshire
- 4 December 2017 - Skills for Care, London office
- 17 January 2018 - NHS Leadership Academy, Leeds
- 19 February 2018 - Skills for Care, London office
- 12-13 March 2018 - Residential in Warwickshire
- £850 +VAT for registered manager members of the National Skills Academy for Social Care
- £1000 +VAT for non-members (membership costs only £35 for 12 months. To find out more please click here)
A discount is available to self-funding participants.
Register for a place on Moving Up (BAME).
Express an interest in Moving Up (Open Access)
The Moving Up (Open Access) programme, starts in January 2018, and will be available for registration in the autumn. To express an in interest in this programme, please email email@example.com
I found that the Moving up programme really focused and helped me to prioritise and recognise my skills and what I need to do to become a more effective leader.
The facilitators are excellent at helping me recognise and look at my weaknesses. They guided and supported me to identify what I needed to do to raise these areas of my work to a higher standard.
I also found my fellow delegates a great support throughout the course, to the extent that we stay in contact and still help each other with advice. I would highly recommend this course to other BAME candidates, without any hesitation.
Development programme for commissioners of care
Our Commissioning Now development programme is designed to help commissioners of care understand what excellent commissioning looks like in practice and how it can be achieved.
The programme is made up of a series of four workshops, access to online tools and resources and a 100 page handbook.
Tackling real life issues
The workshops enable you and your colleagues to compare your specific commissioning challenges with the most up to date evidence and best practice. This allows you to debate the issues you find most challenging, building your skills and confidence as a leader in the commissioning and shaping of care services.
When is the programme?
The four day programme begins on Thursday 27 April 2017.
The three other dates are Tuesday 30 May 2017, Wednesday 5 July 2017 and Wednesday 6 September 2017.
How is the programme structured?
The programme is designed around four key principles of commissioning:
- personalisation – making sure that services meet the needs of people who need care and support
- co-production – involving those who need care and supporting in the commissioning process
- partnership working – working with other organisations to deliver the right services to the right people
- leading and influencing – leading and shaping the future local care market.
Commissioning in new ways
You can expect the programme to give you:
- new skills and increased confidence to approach commissioning in new ways
- an invaluable opportunity to reflect and question
- a much needed focus on commissioners and commissioning.
How do I apply?
Each place is £750 plus VAT. This includes all 4 training dates, all materials required, refreshments and lunch at each date.
Book your place now
Dedicated programme for your organisation
We can host a dedicated programme for your organisation please contact Jim Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities Programme
This programme aims to help leaders and managers explore the challenges and opportunities of a community-based approach to leadership. It's aimed at senior leaders and clinicians across health and social care who want to be part of a movement for change.
By taking part you’ll learn how to grow and nurture capacity in local communities to improve health and wellbeing and ensure better outcomes for people who need care and support.
You’ll be encouraged to think about the value of your community’s role in health and social care and the role of public service leadership in shaping the communities that citizens need and want.
What does the programme contain?
A series of one-day workshops, action learning sets, one-to-one leadership coaching sessions, a Myers-Briggs (MBTI) analysis of personality style and a specialist 360 degree feedback diagnostic.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about best practice as well as developing the leadership skills required to embed co-production into organisations and enable strong ane empowered communities to grow and flourish.
The next cohort kicks off in July 2017. Dates are confirmed as:
6 July 2017, 28 September 2017, 9&10 November 2017 (residential), 25 January 2018 and 14 March 2018.
To register your interest please email Harmeet Bhatia at email@example.com.
To find out more, including dates for webinars / virtual learning please click here.
Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities is a joint venture between Skills for Care, Thames Valley and Wessex NHS Leadership Academy, the Department of Health, Think Local Act Personal, ADASS and the Local Government Association.
Top Leaders - Development programme for senior leaders
The Top Leaders development programme is for those who hold the highest positions in social care and health organisations.
This programme helps senior leaders across health and social care understand the challenges of their role, form strong networks of support and explores the future direction of the care sector as a whole.
You can take part in this programme if you're a senior leader in the public, private or third sectors.
The Top Leaders programme takes place across four learning events, each lasting two days.
Please note, this programme is currently closed and we will announce new dates soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register your interest in future programmes.
"Top Leaders was one of the most personally challenging courses I have undertaken and the most productive in terms of what I learnt about myself and my approach to my work within health and social care. I returned back to my business enthused, encouraged and positively changed by the whole experience." Mandy Thorn MBE, MD, Marches Care