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
  • 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.

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 and those blogs that are relevant to your role. 

The wellbeing of your staff is linked to the quality of your service  (April 2018)

During this ‘Stress Awareness month’, Sue Caslake, Workforce Development Lead at Independent Lives discusses the direct link between supporting the wellbeing and resilience of their staff and delivering a high quality service.

Your wellbeing really does matter (March 2018)

Bill Mumford is a Skills for Care Fellow and a freelance specialising in leadership development, mentoring and facilitation. He talks about the importance of registered managers and care workers putting wellbeing at the heart of their daily lives. The new wellbeing guide that he has co-authored with Skills for Care, will support registered managers to do just that.

NICE adds value to registered manager network (March 2018)

Jade Fortune, Implementation Facilitator and Zoe Girdis, Medicines Implementation Consultant, at NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), talk about adding value to a registered manager network in Reading. The team recently presented on NICE guidance, standards and support tools for managing medicines in the community and care homes.

Supporting new registered managers is absolutely vital (February 2018)

Oliver French, Project Manager at Skills for Care talks about a 12-month pilot project for registered managers, launching in April 2018. The pilot will provide the support that new registered managers need, drawing on Skills for Care’s resources, guidance and best practice.

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.

Registered managers need that sense of belonging (August 2017)

Having worked in the public and voluntary social care sector for over 30 years, Sharon Allen, CEO of Skills for Care, has first-hand insight into the sector and what registered managers experience in their frontline roles on a daily basis. She shares her personal experience and talks about what worked for her and those services she managed.

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. 

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