Skills for Care

New care organisations should be carefully planned to ensure the business is sustainable and able to deliver high standards of care.

Skills for Care provides guidance and advice to help those considering opening a new adult social care organisation. It includes reccomendations, a checklist and insight from owners and managers that have successfully established new businesses.


Starting a new service

For your new service to be successful you will need to research the local market, connect with those that commission care, and ensure managers and staff have the skills to delivery good and outstanding care.

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These recommendations can help guide you through the process of setting up a new service.


Preparing for your CQC interview

If your new service requires CQC registration part of this process will involve an interview with the regulator, usually some weeks after you have submitted your application.

The CQC does not publish a list of questions that they will ask managers and owners as part of this interview and the process can vary depending on your application, the experience of the proposed registered manager and other factors. 

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This guidance is based on feedback from managers and owners who have successfully gone through this process and achieved CQC registration.


Blog: Derek Sleater, occupational therapist, sets up his own care agency

Derek Sleater is an occupational therapist who set up his own care company, Sunday Care Therapy, which opened May 2021.

In this blog post, 'from occupational therapist to setting up my own agency', Derek reflects on his experiences of establishing the new service, including the steps he followed to secure CQC registration and what is needed to raise awareness of a new care business in a local community.


Keep up to date

For the latest news, resources, events and funding opportunities sign up to our fortnightly enews newsletter. Whether you are a new service or in the process of setting up, our updates can keep you informed of how adult social care is changing.

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Get in touch

For further advice and support, please contact our Information Team via 0113 241 1275 or