Your induction, qualification and training

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You are a key leader in adult social care. On this page, you'll find all of the information you might need about the induction you should go through, training you should receive and qualifications you should have. We’ve also included information about on-going learning and development for experienced managers.

You'll also find details of funding to cover some of the cost of your training, together with information on how to make sure your training is being provided by quality providers

Our Manager Induction Standards (MIS) are a versatile tool which set out clearly what new manager’s need to know and understand. They're a measure of best practice.

Aimed at aspiring managers, those who are new to management, or those who are new in a post but have previously managed other care services the MIS are comprised of 11 Standards, which include Manage self, Decision making and Entrepreneurial skills and innovation. 

Our comprehensive Becoming a Manager is the resource for managers completing the MIS. This is a practical and cost effective solution to making sure managers know and understand what they need to do. It’s designed to be easy to use and fit into a manager’s busy working life.

The layout is good and does encourage reflective practice. Easy to understand and follow. I really like the idea of templates as often new managers don’t really understand, so forming templates to give ideas is really useful. I was engaged in the learning material from the beginning to the end. Heidi Coetzee, Manager

The current qualification recommended for those wishing to become a registered manager is the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. You can choose one of the following pathways:

  • management of adult services
  • management of adult residential services

Please note that this qualification may also be undertaken as part of the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.

The sector is changing and placing new demands on registered managers. Taking part in continued professional development (CPD) activities and on-going training means that you are better placed to manage and deliver great care.

Our Well-led programme is made up of four practical workshops exploring live issues, challenges and practical examples of being well-led. Managers are supported to develop leadership skills that can be applied at work. We’re collecting expressions of interest now and you can register interest by emailing

You might also want to take a look at our other leadership and management programmes.

Using our Workforce Development Fund, you can apply for a contribution towards the cost of training. Here are some examples of what can be claimed:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care: £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: £870
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, adult pathways: £1,200
  • Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities: £180

A maximum of 60 credits per learner, per funding year can be claimed so qualifications larger than 60 credits will need to be claimed over more than one funding year.

If you would like extra training but are not sure where to start looking, our endorsed provider directory have all demonstrated their commitment to improving adult social care. 

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