Developing Managers

Developing managers website graphicDuring June and July we’re putting the spotlight on ‘Developing managers’. This is part of our series of campaigns where we focus on a particular challenge or topic in our sector and support employers to recruit, develop and lead their workforce.

This latest campaign will be around supporting employers to think about the importance of succession planning and developing deputies in their service, developing new managers on their journey and focusing on the continuing professional development of existing managers.

Over the two months, we’ll be sharing ideas and offering thought-leadership around developing managers. You’ll be able to access information and advice through articles, news stories and resources on our website and through sector magazines

Here’s a flavour of what’s coming up;

  • Launch of a new online guide for developing new managers and deputies. It will offer a recommended path for developing managers, guidance on identifying and developing talent and include practical examples and downloadable checklists and case studies.
  • Launch of 19-20 Workforce Development Fund. You’ll be able to learn more about how to apply for enhanced funding that’s allocated specifically for developing managers. It will cover learning and development for qualifications and leadership programmes.
  • Why you need to start thinking about succession planning in your service now.
  • The importance of continuing professional development through ongoing learning and development.
  • Valuing peer support through networking and a sense of belonging through membership.
  • Developing knowledge through ongoing learning, helpful free resources and through our bookshop.

Stay up-to-date with the campaign

There will be lots more, so keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be adding more information and links to useful information, articles and blogs over the coming weeks.

 You can:

  • follow the campaign on Twitter at #DevelopingManagers
  • sign up to our popular fortnightly enews here. That way you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments, resources and information for your role and your service

We kickstart our June/July camapign around 'Developing managers' with an article from Georgina Turner, our Interim Director for Sector Development – Engagement, who is championing the need for continuing professional development of our sector's managers and their deputies.

Article: 'Developing Managers'

This week we are talking about the importance of continued investment in the learning and development of leaders and managers.

Karen Carter, our Leadership and Management Programme Head has written a fascinating blog around why this is so important to improve the ongoing quality of care within our sector

Blog: 'The golden thread to developing leaders and managers'

As a manager, you're responsible for ensuring that people receive the high quality care and support that they expect and deserve. 

People with a learning disability can be more likely to experience poor mental health, and social care staff play an important role in ensuring they access the right support. 

This Learning Disability Week we've launched free resources to help adult social care staff talk to people about their everyday mental health, and enable them to get the support they need. 

Find out more and download the resources here

As we launch of our new ‘Developing new managers and deputies’ online guide, we ask employers, “where’s your next manager coming from?”

This new guide supports employers to plan for their next generation of managers. It follows extensive engagement with aspiring and new managers in adult social care and presents a recommended route of support and development for future managers. The guide promotes a blend of development opportunities, programmes and qualifications through a step-by-step approach to career progression and includes useful checklists, downloads, examples and inspiring interviews with deputies and new managers.

Click below to access the new online guide, read the news story and a new blog from Alicia Ferrie who takes us on her journey from apprentice to registered manager. There's also a really interesting article on The Guardian website about why we need to raise the profile of registered managers. 

Find out more and access the new online guide here  

Blog: ‘My journey to becoming a registered manager’ 

News article: New guide addresses the importance of succession planning

The Guardian article:  Registered managers: why it's important to raise the profile of this pivotal role in social care 

Future Directions CIC features In our new ‘Developing new managers and deputies’ online guide, that supports social care employers to develop their next generation of managers. In this blog, their directors share best practice around their succession planning. 

Blog: Developing the next generation of managers 

This week, the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) opens and, for the first time, includes an allocated £3 million for developing managers and deputies. We also talk about supporting new registered managers from the outstet and supporting you to become well-led.  

News story: £3 million boost to develop social care managers

Article: Supporting employers to be well-led

Blog: Suporting new managers from the outset is key


This week, in our first blog, we take a closer look at how peer support through networks can help managers and deputies to develop themselves and their roles.

Have you joined your local Registered Manager Network yet? Find out more here and read the blog below.

Blog: Let's take time to network with our peers

In our second blog this week, we look at how our new 'Registered Manager Reference Group' is giving registered managers a voice in our sector. 

Blog: New voice for registered managers in our sector

This week, we put mentoring under the spotlight and how it can make a difference to developing managers in our sector.

Read the Partners in Care blog about how they've used funding to introduce a peer-led mentoring project in their area. Kate Blake talks about the benefits for mentors and mentees and offers some top tips. 

Blog: Mentoring scheme offers peer support

In the closing week of our 'Developing managers' campaign, we hear from Sue Ann Balcombe, Registered Manager at the Priscilla Wakefield House Care Home, who firmly believes that recognition for registered managers in our sector is long overdue. Read her blog below. 

Blog: Registered managers need more recognition and support

We also summarise our June/July campaign in the article below. We hope you've enjoyed it and found our blogs, articles, top tips and resources both supportive and useful for your role and service. 

Article: Keeping the 'Developing managers' conversation going