REDUCING REGISTERED MANAGERS’ ISOLATION
Good care managers and leaders in adult social care are committed to
working with others and embedding best practice through networking,
sharing information and developing their knowledge. This is why Skills for Care supports over 150 registered manager networks across England, giving them the chance to network with like-minded peers
who face similar, everyday challenges.
These networks are led by network chairs, who are also registered managers. Local networks meet at least three times per year and always ensure that the topics are relevant to those attending. Networks aren’t just a great source of information, they’re also an excellent source of support.
In 2017 a new network for registered managers was launched in Coventry. Enthusiastic and eager to celebrate the success of the launch, we spoke to network Chair,
Laura Hambridge, who told us why she wanted to get involved with the network and shared her advice for other managers thinking about attending a network in their area.
“It’s a great place to come and have another registered manager to speak to away from the office. Managers receive support and reassurance in a confidential environment.”
Laura told us that her experience of being isolated in her role and belief in the benefits of networking with other managers motivated her to make sure that the network would be a success.
“I know that the role of the registered manager can be isolating. You can often feel alone, particularly if you’re working for a small company, with a single location. I wanted to make sure that the network was a success so that other managers can access the sort of support that I was looking for.”
The network’s agenda has already included a broad range of topics, including staff retention, the development of new managers, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and local initiatives such as the ‘React to Red’ and ‘Say No to Infection’ campaigns. They plan to invite guest speakers to future meetings, including the CQC, and have made links with their local authority’s safeguarding team.
“Networks are unique from other meetings because of the breadth of topics on the agenda, which are set by the managers and make them a great place to keep up-to-date.”
Find out more about the benefits of networks and join your nearest registered manager network at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/networks.