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'

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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