Skills for Care is the membership body for registered managers in England. We support you to develop best practice and knowledge, keep up-to-date and share ideas with like-minded peers. Alongside our members we hold and champion the values necessary for providing compassionate, person-centred care and work to raise the profile of the registered manager role across the sector.

Through registered manager membership of Skills for Care, you can enhance your own learning and development and access dedicated resources and support, whilst improving the quality of care that your service provides.

Membership costs only £35 for 12 months and offers a number of benefits.


Being a member means that you can access many benefits to support you and your role, including:

  • a copy of our ‘Social care manager’s handbook’ with a membership certificate.
  • renewing members will receive a printed copy of our member-only resource: 'Wellbeing for registered managers: a practical survival guide.' See the Renew section below for details. 
  • a monthly members’ newsletter containing ‘cut out and keep’ updates to add to your handbook
  • discounts on Skills for Care resources and leadership development programmes, including our Well-led programme and our Moving Up programme.
  • discounts on Skills for Care's CQC seminars and bespoke support.
  • the opportunity to train to become a mentor or receive mentoring (see more in the 'mentor training' section below)
  • access to electronic resources catalogued online to help you with your role and our Facebook group, exclusive to registered managers
  • the membership logo to use on communication materials
  • an online toolkit to help you compare your leadership against the Leadership Qualities Framework
  • discounted access to HR support
  • guaranteed, free access to the Digital Champions Network, run by Digital Unite 
  • the chance to take your membership with you. If you move to another care organisation as a registered manager, you’ll continue to receive all the benefits. 

Become a part of our growing community of registered managers across England. Choose the membership option that’s right for you.  

  • Join for 12 months - for only £35 and receive our 90-page registered manager handbook.
  • Bulk-buy – buy 10 or more memberships and receive a 10% discount. Email for more information about bulk purchases.
  • Renew - When you renew in 2018-19, you will receive a copy of our member-only resource: 'Wellbeing for registered managers: a practical survival guide.' If you're a member and not due to renew in 2018-19, you can buy this exclusive resource through our bookshop for the one-off price of £20.

We recognise that a successful care home team can only flourish and provide the best possible care for residents if it has a really great leader at the helm. We invest heavily in the training of both our managers and their leadership team to ensure that we deliver quality care today and in the future as our deputies and team leaders work their way up our career ladder.  I’m confident that our managers will find it really useful and rewarding to be part of the Skills for Care family.  It’s another example of the excellent career package we offer home managers.  Suzanne Ratcliffe, Care UK’s head of learning and development


Wellbeing for registered managers – a practical survival guide

Membership wellbeing resourceWhen you renew your membership in 2018-19, you will receive our 'Wellbeing for registered managers: a practical survival guide' and we will add 12 months to your existing membership from your renewal date.  All other members can purchase it from our bookshop, for the one-off price of £20. 

Your wellbeing is important. Whilst you will be good at caring for the wellbeing of others, you may not be so good at looking after your own wellbeing.

This resource is built around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, as identified by the New Economics Foundation (nef). You can use its mix of top tips, practical exercises, information and best practice to grow your own wellbeing or think about the wellbeing of others.      

We will email you when your membership is due for renewal (remember you can find your renewal date by logging into the membership portal).

There are some useful tips in our Frequently Asked Questions document here.                        

We like to keep up-to-date with what our members are doing and share best practice, ideas, news and information. In this area of the site, we will add links to blogs from members.

‘Five ways to wellbeing' for registered managers (August 2018)

Julie Lusk, Registered Manager at Solar Care Homes talks about why it’s important for registered managers to look after their own wellbeing. She says that starting with a ‘healthy self’ enables her to better support the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in her service. 

Service excellence starts with leadership behaviour across the team (June 2018)

Jason Denny, Registered Home Manager and member reflects on what the Skills for Care accolade means to Old Hastings House. They won the 2018 ‘Most effective approach to leadership and management’ accolade.   

Succession planning for your next manager is crucial (June 2018)

In the second of a two-part blog during Dave Large, Chief Executive at Wirral Independent Living and Learning (WILL), talks about the importance of succession planning and supporting aspiring registered manager, Lucy Doughty.

Aspiring to the next level (May 2018)

In the first of a two-part blog with her manager, Lucy Doughty, company manager at Wirral Independent Living and Learning (WILL) reflects on her involvement in Skills for Care's innovative pilot that supports aspiring registered managers.

It's all about people and time (January 2018)

Shirley Steeples, registered manager at Princess Marina House, run by the RAF Benevolent Fund, shares their best practice initiative on combating loneliness and social isolation for serving and former RAF personnel.

How do you like your toast? I like mine burnt (October 2017)

Gail Godson, Registered Manager, tells us about her approach to person-centred care at Home Instead in West Lancashire & Chorley.

Registered managers are at the helm of a positive culture (September 2017)

Registered Manager Beth Cheffings at Ridge House Residential Home talks about when the CQC awarded the care the ‘Outstanding’ rating in May 2017. They praised the culture of the home and Beth’s hands-on approach to management.

Collaborative working is key to delivering outstanding care (June 2017)

Claire Jackson is the registered manager at Inter-County Nursing and Care Services in Christchurch. When the service received their Outstanding rating in 2016, the CQC praised Claire’s approach to developing her own practice. She talks about their approach to delivering outstanding care

Investing in top quality leaders and managers (May 2017)

Melanie Holloway from Metropolitan - one of the UK’s leading providers of affordable housing and care and support services – says it's vital to invest in your registered managers and discusses the support put in place across their organisation. 

If you have any news to share or would be interested in talking to us about a blog, please contact

Being mentored can be useful for registered managers at all stages of their career and can help to increase confidence, improve job satisfaction and develop a clearer career direction.

Become a mentor

Being trained as a mentor gives you the opportunity to mentor others, whilst learning new skills, developing greater self-awareness and reflecting on your practice.

Registered manager members have exclusive free access to one of our mentoring workshops, held throughout the year. You can book onto one of our ‘Become a confident mentor in adult social care’ workshops (usually priced at £160 +VAT).

Each workshop covers:

  • what mentoring is and the benefits of mentoring
  • mentoring core skills
  • the mentoring relationship
  • tools for the mentoring conversation
  • action planning and reflection.

Looking for a mentor?

By becoming a member you have exclusive access to our bank of highly trained mentors. You’ll be matched with another member who has been trained as a mentor, based on the areas of development you're looking for. Email us at 

Become a member now to access all the benefits of mentoring.