Information for network chairs

The power of being a big group – having access to information and people we wouldn’t usually… the CQC area manager wouldn’t necessarily visit each individual employer but was happy to come to the group and discuss concerns

Next generation of leadersNetwork Chairs are passionate about what they do and they have first-hand experience of quality care, they provide an opportunity to listen, support and shape their networks to the needs of their area. They develop and promote solutions and share information with full support from their Skills for Care Locality Manager and wider network.

We have over 150 networks across England chaired by managers for managers.

Support for network chairs

Your role as a network chair is crucial in ensuring that registered managers have the support they need, so we want to ensure that you have the right support.

Network chairs development programme

Our network chairs development programme is available for all our fantastic network chairs, co-chairs and deputy chairs around the country. The programme consists of four two-hour interactive workshops over a four-month period and will take in a practical look at leading, supporting and engaging in networks, leadership and influence in your wider community of care.

The network chairs development programme will be back autumn 2021. Let your locality manager know if you are interested in joining when we have new dates available.

Virtual peer support for you as a network chair

For you as a network chair, we are offering a series of virtual peer support groups, bringing chairs from across the country together to share ideas, issues and solutions. 

“I have found it useful to speak to fellow chairs across England to share knowledge and provide solutions to issues and concerns across all settings, with helpful information we can take back to our own groups.” Dudley Sawyer, Croydon Network.

Book your free place now

Bi-annual or annual meetings just for network chairs

These are an opportunity for you to discuss what is working well and what isn’t and share best practice with other chairs.

“If we didn’t have each other to speak to we’d have these concerns and worries building upon us and nobody to speak to and no outlet for them”

Contact your locality manager

Useful documents for network chairs

Checklist for chairs - this checklist helps you organise and manage your network.

Could you lead a network for registered managers in your area? 
  • Every network has a designated Skills for Care locality manager to support them. They can help you to set-up your initial meeting, plan agendas and identify guest speakers.
  • They will also attend network meetings. A grant of £750 to £1,100 is also available to meet the cost of running a network.

You can also contact your locality manager if there's anything specific you need for your area.

Resources for network chairs

We have a number of resources to support our network chairs. They can be downloaded below.