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.

Network 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 network chairs who have not attended before including our fantastic co-chairs, new chairs and deputy chairs around the country. The programme consists of five two-hour interactive workshops over a five-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 start in September 2021. Let your locality manager know if you are interested in joining the programme. 


Bi-annual and quarterly regional 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 network chairs in your area. These are run by locality managers with a real insight into what is important in your communities.

Contact your locality manager

“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”


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.


Useful documents and resources for network chairs

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

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