Manager Induction Standards

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Our Manager Induction Standards (MIS) set out what a manager needs to know and understand to perform well in their role. They are a versatile tool for:

  • new managers - those new to management and those new in post who have previously managed other care services
  • existing managers - to use as a benchmark of their own practice and potential learning and development needs, especially if their role has changed over the years
  • aspiring managers - to plan an appropriate development programme, increase their understanding of the expectations of a manager role and increase their potential of securing management positions in the future.

The MIS can be used in all care settings and are a measure of good practice. To help you achieve your Manager Induction Standards, we have developed a new workbook Becoming a Manager. You can find out more about this resource below.

*NEW* elearning modules now available
We’ve created two digital learning modules mapped to standard 1 – leadership and management, and standard 9 – manage self. Find out more below.

The standards

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Governance and regulatory processes
  3. Communication
  4. Relationships and partnership working
  5. Person-centred practice for positive outcomes
  6. Professional development, supervision and performance management
  7. Resources
  8. Safeguarding, protection and risk
  9. Manage self (New standard)
  10. Decision making (New standard)
  11. Entrepreneurial skills and innovation (New standard)


Download the Manager Induction Standards

We also have a print friendly version which you can  download here

Becoming a manager 

To support the use of the Manager Induction Standards, we've developed a workbook called ‘Becoming a Manager’.

Becoming a Manager’ 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 workbook also helps with the consistency between the Manager Induction Standards, the Level 4 certificate and Level 5 diploma. The workbook helps you to consider many of the elements of the Level 4 certificate and can also be used as underpinning knowledge towards the a Level 5 qualification.This could save any repeat learning.

Using the workbook exercises thoroughly is definitely one of the best ways of exploring this underpinning knowledge before you begin your level 5 diploma and to begin to build an evidence portfolio. 

Buy your copy

New to managing? Where do I start? Essential reading! Clear concise guidance on all areas to manage with helpful templates for recording to get you started! Liz Castle, Manager, Manor Gardens Nursing Home.

If you're one of our registered manager members the price will be £60 (20% saving off the RRP). If you're interested in becoming a registered manager member and benefitting from further discounts on our products visit our membership page.   

Mapped to the Manager Induction Standards, these two new online learning modules can help as evidence towards meeting standards 1 and 9.

They are simple to follow and reflect different settings across adult social care and are just £15 each to complete.

Real life case studies and scenarios help learners reflect and complete self-directed learning. They can be accessed anytime so you can learn wherever and whenever suits you. You can also save your progress and come back to complete the module without having to start again.

The ‘leadership and management’ module explores:

  • the difference between leadership and management in adult social care
  • different styles and adapting them to different situations
  • leading and developing teams.

The ‘manage self’ module explores:

  • self-awareness
  • how to manage your own behaviour
  • how to manage your own workload
  • ways to develop yourself
  • skills to develop the vision of your organisation.

To access the modules you’ll need to set up an account or if you already one simply login.

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We recommend that all new and aspiring managers complete the Manager Induction Standards to be competent and confident in their role. Our  'Becoming a manager' workbook helps new managers complete the standards effectively.

The workbook is ideal for large national organisations to use as part of a standard induction programme for managers. Not only does it show that you're willing to invest in your managers by purchasing the workbook for them, it's also:

  • compliant with CQC recommendations to use reputable learning and development providers and materials
  • great value for money – saving you money on expensive external training
  • a way to ensure that all of your new managers have consistent training so deliver the same high quality of care.

In addition the workbook provides a wealth of information and reflection which will save line managers a lot of time that they otherwise may need to commit to new managers. 'Becoming a manager' also comes with a USB stick with all of the blank exercises included which you can use over again, useful for topping up and reviewing training.  

We can also come into your organisation to help those senior managers putting people through the Manager Induction Standards. If you would like more information on this, please email us at

Strong leadership has a pivotal role in both high-performing services and bringing about improvement in adult social care. At registered manager level strong leadership was characterised by individuals with an innovative, outward or forward looking approach who were open to feedback and actively sought out best practice to steer improvement.
P.24, CQC State of ASC Services Report.

'Becoming a Manager' supports new managers to develop these approaches from the outset.

The Manager Induction Standards have been reviewed to be consistent with the new Level 4 Certificate (available now) and Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Care qualifications (available from January 2018).

The 11 standards of the Manager Induction Standards are named exactly the same as the 11 units in the qualifications. 

Find out more about the new regulated qualifications framework (RQF).