Written evidence from the Social Care Leaders Scheme (RTR0009)



This document provides evidence for the Select Committee’s consideration in relation to the following elements of the call for evidence:

          What are the principal factors driving staff to leave the social care sector and what could be done to address them?

          What should be in a people plan for the social care sector, to address the recruitment, training and retention of staff?

          To what extent are the employment models used in the social care sector fit for the purpose of attracting, training and retaining the right numbers of staff with the right skills?


              The document proposes the creation of a national scheme to attract, train, develop and retain graduates into the social care sector, primarily to help address the shortage of talent at Registered Manager level, a post which has been identified as crucial for attracting and retaining quality staff, and thereby improving the quality of care and support provided.


The proposals in this paper have been submitted to the Department of Health and Social Care and are currently under consideration.



The challenge of providing a social care system that is fit for purpose is significant. Addressing the recruitment and retention crisis requires bold thinking. Further funding to support front-line care workers must be supported by investment in leadership. Outstanding local leaders are proven to be key to building a happy and motivated workforce delivering excellent care and staying in post for longer.


We need to recognise the vital role registered managers have in ensuring the delivery of high-quality care and developing a skilled workforce in their organisation. We will explore options to develop new pathways into the registered manager role.

-          People at the Heart of Care: Adult Social Care Reform White Paper, December 2021


Social care needs to challenge itself to work differently and learn from other industries. We need a talent pathway that will attract those who would not naturally have chosen social care as their sector of choice, to its many opportunities. This new genre of leader will inspire and motivate teams by creating learning cultures that embrace quality. A disruptive scheme is needed to deliver this.

-          Nadra Ahmed OBE, The National Care Association


As with other public services, the social care sector urgently needs to attract high-calibre candidates who can lead long-term change. This requires a new, disruptive, initiative to make the social care sector a career of choice for the brightest and best. 


Picture 2Through our extensive stakeholder engagement in the feasibility study for this proposition, we spoke with care providers and member organisations to understand the realities of leadership in today’s care system.  We identified that within the current care system, the Registered Manager role is critical to achieving successful change.  We envisage the Social Care Leaders Scheme supporting a generation of change leaders. Where successful Regional Managers are in place, they are the first line of leadership and they can significantly improve the fulfilment of all front-line care workers. We have also found that where a great Registered Manager is in place, job retention and recruitment is better.   


The NHS approach to attracting and developing leaders, as well as schemes elsewhere in the public sector – both in the UK and abroad – provide powerful examples that can be tailored to deliver talent recruitment and leadership development that can transform the care sector.


The Social Care Leaders Scheme’s purpose is to attract and develop over 1,000 talented and inspirational new local leaders from outside the sector over the three two-year cohorts.  Importantly, the new scheme will be rooted in the powerful charitable purpose of improving the quality of social care in the UK.  Providing this powerful social value proposition has been a key element of the schemes on which this approach builds.


What is the problem? 

Adult social care is under extreme pressure. Staffing crises are well-documented. Increased funding and recruitment campaigns will not resolve the problem, particularly if the sector is seen as an employer of last resort for many and if turnover remains at 30% or more. A root cause of the challenge is ill-equipped leadership. There are committed, talented leaders, but they are too few and far between.


Much of this is systemic: as the sector is not seen as a desirable career choice, there is a lack of high-calibre candidates for leadership roles. Most new care home managers are, therefore, promoted from care roles; they report low levels of support and training, as well as poor job satisfaction. As a result, 12% of Registered Manager posts are unfilled, and the turnover rate for Registered Managers – 25% in 2019/20 – is high and rising. Only 25% of new Registered Managers are from outside the sector. 


Picture 5Our proposal

We propose to transform the quality of local team leadership in the social care sector that will:

          help the sector deliver exceptional care to some of the most vulnerable in society;

          improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of care homes, improving their reputations and ratings;

          make the care sector a more desirable place to work, improving recruitment and retention; and,

          help ensure wider society has the care system it deserves.

We will do this by creating a recognised accelerated career pathway, and qualifications that are universally accepted, to increase the attractiveness of key local leadership roles in social care and attract some of the best and brightest graduates. Unlike the NHS and other areas of the private and public sectors, no such scheme currently exists across the care sector.


The key elements of the proposal are:

          Participants will undergo a rigorous selection process

          They will be provided with an initial, intense residential training programme

          All those on the programme will be recruited to entry-level front-line care roles

          Further training, mentorship and support will be provided over the following two years

          Participants will provide care in a range of settings to broaden their experience

          They will be expected to be supported through an accelerated progression to a Deputy Manager 

          They will also be expected to achieve a Level 5 qualification in Social Care and a Masters qualification will be available.

          At the end of their two years, and subject to CQC approval, the expectation will be that participants will be ready to secure a position as Registered Manager


The programme will be expanded to provide routes into other management roles in the sector and there is an expectation that participants will further develop their careers.


Why a graduate recruitment scheme?

Why do employers hire and train graduates? The broad answer is that they provide a source of home-grown talent that complements their resourcing strategies. How the return on investment is realised varies by sector but graduate programmes aren’t just for the Civil Service, Goldman Sachs and Clifford Chance. Enterprise Rent-a-Car hire over 1,000 graduates per year and it is the only way to join their business. Aldi hire all their area managers through their graduate programme. The NHS runs a highly successful graduate management route outside of the core medical programmes.


There is a debate about graduate vs non-graduate programmes but to ignore this sector is to ignore the 400,000+ students who graduate from a first degree every year. And once salary expectations are met, students rate training as the most important factor in choosing an employer, with working in a sector that provides social value factoring very highly in their thinking as well. Programmes such as Teach First, Police Now, Unlocked and Frontline demonstrate how a career path can be created for graduates into sectors that face a talent shortage, and which had previously struggled to attract graduates.


Why us?

The scheme has been developed under the auspices of James Darley and Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, who, as Executive Head of Recruitment and Chair respectively, recruited over 10,000 graduates for Teach First over 15 years, built an award-winning employment brand and supported other highly successful graduate programmes across areas of the public sector previously seen as unattractive for graduates. The scheme will build on the foundations of these successful programmes, as well as on learning from elsewhere in the private and public sectors, particularly the NHS.


The proposed scheme has been developed with and commands the support of the social care sector, with its steering group members including Care England, the National Care Association, the National Care Forum, the Institute for Health and Social Care Management, and Skills for Care. The scheme development to date follows a comprehensive and detailed feasibility study undertaken in 2021 by the University of Edinburgh and Transform Society, commissioned by the CareTech Charitable Foundation and which engaged extensively with a wide range of SME, larger care providers, charitable providers and wider stakeholders.


The scheme proposed would be a charitable venture delivering a clear public benefit, and, if it receives government support, would be run entirely on a not-for-profit basis. Indeed, the development of the scheme to date has been funded by the CareTech Foundation, the charitable arm of Caretech PLC, which has also agreed to incubate the new organisation, with additional support from the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation as well as Anchor Hanover. Two of the UK’s largest care-providing charities, Mencap and Leonard Cheshire, have been instrumental in shaping the scheme, as have the Care Quality Commission, Unison, and, importantly, Skills for Care, the charity which partners the Department for Health and Social Care to help train and develop the social care workforce.


The scheme will also incorporate learning from abroad, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, that have shifted primary and secondary social care to a successful patient-centric integrated system.


Social carers are critically important for ensuring that people can live as well as possible in later life. They do an amazing job despite working in an undervalued and underpaid sector but recruiting and retaining the best staff means we need to offer more opportunities for high-quality training and career progression. The proposed social care leadership scheme offers a way to achieve the much-needed shift towards valuing care staff. 

Bruce Guthrie - Professor of General Practice and Director of The Advanced Care Research Centre, University of Edinburgh


Next steps

The proposals are currently under consideration by officials at the Department of Health and Social Care. Further details of the scheme have been provided, and are appended to this paper:

          Appendix A: a paper providing more detail of the proposals, including costings.

          Appendix B: a full – draft – Programme Manual.


Further meetings with officials will be held later in January 2022.


Steering Group membership

This submission is provided on behalf of the Social Care Leaders Scheme Steering Group, whose members are:



Contact Details

Jonathan Freeman

Chief Executive Officer, CareTech Foundation





January 2022

Appendix A – Social Care Leaders Scheme – Outline Proposals – October 2021



  1. This paper provides an outline of a proposed scheme for attracting and recruiting graduates into the social care sector and providing them with the experience, training and guidance to enable them to progress to leadership positions within the sector. The case for such a scheme is summarised in the paper Social Care Leaders Scheme – Summary Briefing, which is included at Appendix A.
  2. This paper provides an outline of the proposed scheme demonstrating why the scheme will be a success by detailing:
  1. It must be emphasised that the scheme is being co-developed with providers (large and small), students, care receivers and existing workforce. Details presented in this paper indicate the sustainable operation of the scheme; the detail will be subject to further revision and refinement.
  2. This national scheme will improve leadership in the care sector, and therefore improve the capacity and performance of the whole workforce. Quality of care will also deliver social benefit in local areas, professionalise the workforce and address the many issues of the sector. This fits well with the Levelling Up agenda by aligning the skills and contribution of the social care sector can aim to take pressure away from the NHS, particularly given the relative importance of the sector in the Midlands and the North of England (as set out in the recent Skills for Care report: The Value of Adult Social Care in England).



  1. In proposing and creating a graduate development scheme for the social care sector, there are a number of expectations for those who join the scheme.
  2. Scheme participants will be expected to be a contributing member of the frontline social care workforce throughout their two-year programme.
  3. Participants will be mentored and trained so that they will have a positive impact on their environment, which is well documented to reduce turnover and increase quality of care.
  4. Participants on the scheme will be expected to complete a project – either individually or as part of a cohort of participants – relating to the social impact of the scheme and their roles, and reflective of the charitable ethos that underpins the scheme.
  5. The scheme will provide exposure to care delivery in a range of contexts, in order that participants understand the wider context in which they are operating and to encourage a system-wide view of the challenges. This will include other social care provision as well as community care and the NHS.
  6. Participants are expected to contribute to the care-providers by injecting a passion for technological advancement driving data and digital within the care sector. We expect participants to work with care providers, receivers and their families with cutting edge care technology, such as care continuity (to ensure joined up delivery with the NHS) and family update apps (improving care quality), which the sector has struggled to adopt.
  7. The participants will be expected to participate in local authority groups that define the future strategy of care in the area


Attracting graduates

  1. At the heart of many of the challenges facing the care sector is that it has far from the best reputation as a place to build a career. This problem is compounded when attracting graduates as social care is behind other sectors that are targeting talent earlier and earlier.  Previous attempts to attract graduates into the sector have, in the main, been developed separately by individual employers and have not had the same reach, size and scale, and therefore not the same attraction as sector-wide schemes elsewhere in the public and private sectors. This scheme learns from the challenges faced by these previous attempts: it will be sector-wide and will look to change perceptions of social care – and a career in social care – amongst the undergraduate and graduate populations. It will also deliver the scale and range of developmental opportunities that previous schemes have lacked.  And it will be based on recruiting cohorts of participants in local areas, in order that participants can share learning and provide mutual support.
  2. To inform the development of this proposal, we recently commissioned High Fliers Research to undertake research with under-graduates from 30 of the country’s leading universities. The results of this research  showed that students were “almost unanimous in their praise for the creation of a new graduate scheme within the sector.”  12% of participants though a leadership scheme as proposed would be ‘very popular’ and a further 52% thought it would be ‘quite popular’.  Respondents welcomed the leadership training the scheme would provide and the opportunity to be part of what they consider a “very noble profession”. 
  3. The research highlighted, however, the challenges of marketing the social care sector to prospective scheme recruits. More than half of respondents confirmed that they had low or no knowledge of the sector.  Many respondents considered the sector to be one under considerable strain, placing considerable demands on staff for low rewards.  Interestingly, those with some experience of the care sector were more positive and interested in the potential for a graduate leadership scheme. There was also recognition that whilst any new leadership scheme would be popular that attracting people into the care sector, who had not previously considered it may be challenging.
  4. This resistance to the sector demonstrates the need for this scheme. There is a lack of knowledge of the sector and the inherent opportunities to progress in a meaningful and well rewarded career. As this is not currently obvious to students it supports the case for the SLCS scheme to promote and recruit into the sector as an overarching disruptive programme. This is far more likely to yield success than any one operator attempting to change the perceptions of the sector single handed.
  5. Students who participated in the market research thought that the RM position was interesting. They were concerned that there would be no further progression opportunities and that the RM role was the only option. In developing this programme we have sought to address these key barriers.   
  6. Importantly, this scheme is rooted in a charitable purpose. This is about more than simply setting up a recruitment and development scheme. Rather it is driven by:
  1. In this respect, the scheme is similar to other public sector schemes, such as Police Now, Teach First and Unlocked, which have proven that co-production of the offering will lead to significant interest in the scheme, and a sea-change in the views of potential recruits. Students who had never considered policing, teaching or the prison service have found a nationwide development scheme with a clear pathway hugely attractive – in sectors which had previously not been seen as desirable. The main attractions have been the disruptive nature of schemes and dedicated pathways to progression. Whilst other sectors have developed graduate schemes that deliver these elements, social care, up to now, has not.
  2. We will build on the knowledge of these other schemes to develop and deliver a multi-layered approach to drive application volumes, using multiple channels of attraction and engagement and presenting the scheme as national, offering opportunities across the entire sector.  This would be combined with a bespoke and targeted school and college outreach campaign. The scheme will be attractive to students and parents as it provides the opportunity to “give back” as well as to excel.


Recruitment and assessment

  1. Experience from the development of other public sector graduate development schemes indicates that tailored recruitment will be critical to its success. It is vital that candidates have not just the potential to develop into senior leaders and the right skills and competencies to work in care, but also, crucially, that they have the right values. The care sector is values-led, and those who are recruited to the scheme must demonstrate behaviours that are consistent with the sector’s values. Building on the screening processes from other schemes and from care recruitment specialists, we are developing a bespoke process for selecting candidates that ensures excellence as well as retention. 
  2. The recruitment process will include the following elements:


The programme

  1. Once recruited to the scheme, participants will embark on a two-year development programme. This will be very firmly rooted in on-the-job learning at the front line of care provision, supported by on-line and face-to-face training, coaching, mentoring and peer support. Everything from onboarding, to mentor meetings, assessments, training and progression trajectories will be available on an app platform so the participants, and those working with them, can clearly see their daily activities.
  2. The expectation is that the two-year programme will provide those on the scheme with the skills and experience they need to be able to apply for posts as Registered Managers of care services, or an equivalent role elsewhere in the sector. There would be no guarantee of such a role, and some candidates may take longer.
  3. The key elements of the programme would be:
  1. A graphic, showing how the programme might look, and giving indicative timescales for each stage of the process is at https://prezi.com/i/l-es1acpsafp/.


Progression from the programme

  1. It is intended that the scheme will provide sufficient experience and training to enable graduates to be ready to apply for management roles after two years. At that stage, there are four most likely destinations for those on the scheme:
  1. As feedback from the High Fliers research confirmed, many of those who join a graduate scheme such as this are unlikely to be satisfied to simply attain a first level leadership position – and that is not the limit of the intention of the scheme. For those who remain in the sector, therefore, and who show the potential to progress to more senior management positions, further development opportunities will be provided: (a) by their employing care provider as part of a leadership development programme, and (b) by the Social Care Leaders Scheme, through ongoing mentorship, peer support and alumni membership.


Success measures

  1. We will measure success against three different types of metrics: quantitative, qualitative and quality. All activity will be recorded on the participants personalised performance and progression app.
  2. Quantitative base data - the number of those:
  1. Qualitative data – feedback from:
  1. Quality data – the performance of services led by graduates of the scheme:


Operating and governance model

  1. For a proposed governance and operating model, we have looked to Teach First and Police Now. Given that the SCLS will be in its infancy, the initial operating model will include: individuals dedicated to designing the programme, delivering the programme, and recruiting graduates to the programme. Further roles around social care strategy, policy and engagement (as exist in both TF and PN) may be included at the outset, or added once the programme is up and running successfully. In the meantime, the CEO could take those responsibilities as part of the brief.
  2. On the governance side, the Board should include senior and influential figures from the social care, recruitment and healthcare sectors, and from business.
  3. Given the emphasis in the social care sector on co-production with those receiving care, an insights and impact committee made up of people working in the care sector, and people who are receiving care, (along the line of the similar Police Now committee).
  4. Board and Insight and Impact Committee membership and terms of reference would mirror those from TF and PN.
  5. That would suggest the following organisational structure at launch:


Proposed organisational structure for the launch stage of the Social Care Leaders Scheme














Risks and mitigation

  1. A project of this scale inevitably carries a degree of risk. Risk is being managed by the project team and overseen by the Steering Group which is overseeing delivery of the proposals.
  2. A summary of key scheme risks is below:



Risk description





That the scheme fails to attract sufficient candidates


Dedicated recruitment and marketing, learning from Teach First and other similar schemes



High attrition rate of candidates


Mentoring, coaching, pastoral support. Scheme designed with student and graduate input.



Lack of support from the sector: insufficient funded places


Scheme is being designed in partnership with social care providers. Scheme can run with fewer places in years one and two



A safeguarding incident relating to somebody on the scheme


All those on the scheme will be recruited for values, DBS-checked, will receive safeguarding training and a thorough induction



Insufficient funding, either to develop the scheme or to support it when it goes live


The social care sector has supported the scheme to date. Discussions ongoing with central and local government, business and charitable trusts



The scheme has a detrimental impact on morale and retention of those who might feel “passed over”


Recruiting for values and behaviours and strong induction for candidates. Support will need to be provided for services hosting candidates.



A prolonged COVID lockdown reduces ability of social care sector to accommodate the scheme


Much marketing, recruitment activity and training can be delivered online. Additional support in care settings a positive



Costs and funding

  1. With the scheme under development, costs are necessarily at an early stage. However, information from equivalent schemes in other sectors suggests the following indicative costs per participant:

Social Care Leaders Scheme: indicative high-level per-participant cost breakdown


Cost Area

Year 1 (£)

Year 2 (£)

Total (£)

Programme costs

  • Marketing




  • Recruitment




  • Training and qualifications




  • Mentoring




  • IT, web etc




  • Scheme overheads








Employment costs

  • Salary




  • On-costs




  • Onboarding




  • Misc








Total – per participant





  1. The overall costs of the scheme will depend on the number of graduates recruited, and the fixed costs – principally IT and scheme overheads – will reduce on a per-participant basis as numbers increase.
  2. That said, overall costs for 1,500 participants on the scheme over three years per our feasibility study proposal would be of the order of:


TOTAL for 1,050 participants






Number of Y1 participants






Number of Y1 participants






  • Y1 Programme Costs






  • Y2 Programme Costs






Total Programme Costs






  • Y1 Salary Costs






  • Y2 Salary Costs






Total Salary Costs













  1. The sector has agreed that it would pay the salary and on-costs and we propose that government funds the programme itself.


Next steps

  1. The scheme is still under development and the key next steps are:


December 2022




Social Care Leaders Scheme




Programme Manual
























DRAFT 0.1 – November 2021





Section one – programme outline

              1.1 – Summer Institute

              1.2 – Hands-on care work experience

              1.3 – First line management experience

              1.4 – Towards Registered Manager status

              1.5 – Coaching, mentoring, support

              1.6 – Outplacement opportunities

              1.7 – Digital learning


Section two – learning goals

              2.1 – Leading and managing in adult social care

              2.2 – Leading and managing teams

              2.3 – Responsibilities

              2.4 – Improvements and innovation

              2.5 – Communication

              2.6 – Values and behaviours

              2.7 – Health and safety

              2.8 – Professional development


Section three – onward learning and career development





This document brings together current thinking about the learning and development programme that will underpin the Social Care Leaders Scheme.


The document is in three main parts:

  1. Part one outlines the programme itself, from the Summer Institute through to participants being in a position to attain Registered Manager status.
  2. Part two details the learning goals that underpin the two-year programme
  3. Part three looks at onward learning and career development, so that those successfully completing the scheme can continue to develop their careers in the social care sector.


Guiding principles

A number of principles have underpinned the development of the programme:

  1. The programme will be bold and push boundaries
  2. We expect participants to achieve things others may think is unreasonable
  3. Participants will be held accountable for the impact they are having on the ground
  4. The programme is a close partnership between the scheme, social care providers and participants
  5. The programme is just the start of a career in social care leadership


Programme overview

At its simplest the programme has seven main elements, as follows:















Each of these elements is described in more detail in the sections below.



1.1 – Summer Institute



The Social Care Leaders Scheme Summer Institute will be the formal opening session of the Social Care Leaders Scheme. Other graduate schemes tend to run summer institutes during the summer holidays in order to make use of University facilities.


Each Institute will bring together a cohort of participants, based around a regional Institute hub. We envisage 30 or so participants at each hub, in order to ensure a community of learners that can provide – at the institute and beyond – mutual support.


The Institute will run for 6-8 weeks with a focus on practical learning.  The 6-8 weeks will be largely residential and will be spent in a combination of:

  1. Classroom-based learning
  2. A simulated care environment
  3. A care environment, ideally one rated Good or Outstanding with strong local leadership.



There will be four key elements of the Institute:

  1. Training on core care competencies in order to give scheme participants a head-start on achieving the Care Certificate when they start work with care providers. The approach to core care competency training would be a sequenced combination of:
    1. online and self-guided learning
    2. face-to-face residential for theory and safe practice, followed by
    3. on the ground training in a care setting with
    4. the opportunity for reflection and mentoring.
  2. Learning on the policy, socio-economic, and legislative contexts.
  3. An introduction to leadership and management.
  4. An introduction to the requirements of Regulation 7 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.


Next steps

In order for the Institute to be ready for launch, the following decisions need to be taken and workstreams need to be delivered:

  1. Identify when in the year the Institute should run – most tend to operate in the summer to take advatange of education facilities. However, school holidays are often challenging for care providers. September might be a better option?
  2. Identify and agree the core care competencies. These are the key skills that participants should have a sound working knowledge of before starting in a home.
  3. Develop an online learning package
  4. Establish who provides the key learning elements
  5. Identify regional host sites, including extent of residential element
  6. Finalise costings

1.2 – Hands-on care work experience



Immediately after the Summer Institute, scheme participants will move to their first placement with their employing provider.


The focus on the first placement will be on learning the fundamentals of care delivery. As such, participants will be expected to work full-time in a single care setting as a care worker.  They will work on a shift basis, as a team member.


Advice from similar schemes is that there should be at least two participants in each home.

This first hands-on initial placement is expected to last three months. During that time, alongside their day-to-day work, scheme participants will be supported by coaching, mentoring and other tools, provided by the Social Care leaders Scheme, by their employer, and by Skills for Care. More details of this support are provided in section [x].



The emphasis for the first three months will be on developing and demonstrating essential care skills, using a Novice-to-Expert structured approach, building on learning from the Summer Institute.


The formal learning goal will be the Level 2 Care Certificate. Achieving a Care Certificate is normally expected to take up to six months. With the benefit of the Summer Institute participants would be expected to obtain the certificate within three months of starting their first placement.


The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. It is made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are 'new to care' and should form part of a robust induction programme.


The core standards are:






Next steps

We need to establish:

  1. how scheme participants will be assessed in order to receive their care certificate. The most obvious and simplest option would be for them to be assessed by their employer alongside other employees. Another option would be for the Social Care Leaders Scheme to have a central assessment function (either carried out by the scheme itself or by a third-party assessment service) to ensure consistency of learning and practice.
  2. an approach for those who struggle to meet the requirements of the care certificate.
  3. a system for the Scheme to assess the quality of placements, learning and support for scheme members, and
  4. a system for intervening if a placement is not delivering what the participant and/or provider needs.

1.3 – First line management experience



On completion of the Care Certificate, and for the remaining nine months or so of their first year, scheme participants will, crucially, continue to work in a front-line care role for 80% of their time. This will ensure they continue to experience and understand the core care responsibilities.


For the remaining 20% of their time, they will begin to develop their management and leadership skills and practice. This will be achieved in three ways:

  1. Initially, by shadowing a first line manager (normally a Team Leader or Deputy Registered Manager)
  2. Increasingly, and as appropriate, by being delegated the line manager’s tasks and responsibilities, to be carried out under the supervision of the line manager. The sorts of tasks that should be experienced are:
    1. Rota creation
    2. Handling safeguarding referrals, including representing the provider at local safeguarding forums, l
    3. Leading reflective practice and management supervision
  3. Alongside practical experience, by training in line management


Mentoring, coaching and other support systems will remain in place during this period.

During this period, participants will also be expected to undertake a placement in another care setting (potentially, but not necessarily) with a different care provider, in order to experience a different type of care provision. More details of placements are in section [X].



The formal learning goal for this stage of the programme would be a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England.


Next steps

We need to establish:

  1. The extent to which it is reasonable to expect a graduate to take on management functions within one year.
  2. The sorts of functions they should be expected to carry out.
  3. Any that they should not.
  4. What outputs the Scheme should expect from participants, over and above achieving the diploma
  5. As with previous stages, systems for ensuring quality of learning and development.


1.4 – Towards Registered Manager status



For the second year of the Scheme, the emphasis will be on learning and developing the skills which underpin the Registered Manager role, and achieving the fit-and-proper person status, as assessed by the CQC.


Participants will continue to deliver front-line care during this second year, and will do so for 60% of their time, with the remainder of the time being devoted to:

  1. Shadowing the Registered Manager of the site in which they work
  2. Increasingly taking responsibility, under the supervision of the Registered Manager, for appropriate tasks and functions
  3. Classroom-based and online learning, and
  4. Two four-week secondments (a) in another care setting, and (b) in a setting that gives wider context of the health and social care environment in which they are working. These secondments are detailed in section [X].


The ambition for the second year is that participants will be in a position to apply for Registered Manager roles by the end of the year.



The formal learning goal for the second year of the programme is the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care Leadership. The detailed learning objectives that underpin that learning goal are set out in detail in Section 2 of this paper.


Critical to the success of the second year is experience in a leadership capacity: learning itself is not enough: participants will need to show the CQC that they have put into practice the skills they have learned.


Next steps

Clarity is needed on:

  1. Functions which can reasonably be delegated by a Registered Manager, under their supervision
  2. Any which can not
  3. Approach to the assessment and awarding of the Diploma. There are currently 30 or so awarding bodies. Most, but not all, are accredited by Skills for Care.
  4. Plan for those who are not able to demonstrate fit-for-purpose criteria. For some, it will be a matter of time and experience. For others, the Registered Manager post will not be appropriate or achievable.


1.5 – Coaching, mentoring, support



In addition to the formal learning and experience offered by the various stages of the scheme in sections 1.1 – 1.4, participants will all benefit from additional support during the programme.


That support will be provided jointly by the Social Care Leaders Scheme itself, by each participants’ employer, and by Skills for Care.



The Social Care Leaders Scheme will provide the following support for participants:

  1. A formal structured coaching programme, with an independent coach, with a focus on developing leadership and management skills.
  2. A Development Lead who will be support the participant with training needs across the programme
  3. A nominated course partner – somebody else on the course in the same cohort – to provide peer-to-peer support
  4. Six two-day conferences during the two years for all cohort members. These will have three key objectives:
    1. Supplement existing learning on leadership
    2. Explore the wider context in which the Scheme – and its participants – are operating, and, crucially
    3. Providing an opportunity for participants to share learning and experience and to strengthen the sense of community and mutual support.


Employers will provide:

  1. A formal, structured mentoring programme, with a mentor from within the organisation, with a focus on supporting learning on social care as well as leadership.
  2. Access to leadership and management learning resources
  3. Time away from the business for outplacements and attending conferences


Skills for Care already provide considerable resource for supporting those progressing to Registered Manager roles:

  1. Webinars and blogs, including a series aimed at leading and managing a diverse workforce in a social care environment
  2. Guidance on building resilience in a management role
  3. Local networks


Next steps

We need to establish precisely who provides coaching and mentoring, and how quality is assured.

1.6 – Outplacement opportunities



During the two years of the programme, participants will be offered three outplacement opportunities. These will provide:

  1. Exposure to different types of care provision and care setting
  2. Experience of different leadership styles
  3. Wider understanding of the broader context in which care is provided.


These outplacements will be for four weeks each, with the expectation that one will be in the first year and two in the second year.



The outplacements will be:

  1. The first outplacement, in year one, will be in another care setting – potentially with another care provider – that provides a very different type of care for a different group of people.
  2. The second outplacement will be outside of the care provider, ideally shadowing and working alongside a safeguarding team, either in a local authority or local government social work team
  3. The third and final outplacement will be in another care setting.

After each outplacement, participants will be expected to produce a report detailing their learning from the outplacement and its applicability to their ‘home’ care setting.


Shorter outplacements

In addition to these formal four-week placements, employers will be expected to provide participants with other, shorter opportunities to learn about the wider context in which they are working, for example by shadowing those working in:

  1. HR
  2. Finance
  3. Business Development

1.7 – Digital learning



Learning from similar graduate schemes suggests that high quality learning and support can be provided digitally. Examples of excellent and transformative practice include:

  1. Making short videos of good practice in action
  2. Creating a digital portal, through which participants can:
    1. access course content
    2. store contact details
    3. book training, coaching, mentoring etc sessions
    4. access forums for sharing learning and experiences


The scheme’s approach to digital learning needs to be developed.

Section 2

Programme Learning Goals



This section lists the skills and knowledge which form the learning goals for participants on the Social Care Leaders Scheme (SCLS). The skills and learning are taken wholesale from the qualification requirements for a Level 5 Diploma in Leading and Managing an Adult Care Service, as published by Skills for Care in 2021. This is deliberate: Skills for Care’s qualification requirements form a comprehensive and thorough list of the key requirements of a Registered Manager, and were published following widespread consultation within the social care sector and beyond. And a close link to the expectations of those seeking Registered Manager roles ensures the SCLS is not operating to – and is not seen as operating to – different standards.


The key difference will be the timescales in which SCLS participants would be expected to achieve these learning goals. Skills for Care anticipate a total qualification time of 900-950 hours, 750-800 of which would be from the core topics listed below, with the remainder coming from optional content. Training providers suggest up to five years for completing the learning. The SLCS expect participants to achieve the goals in one year.


Core learning

Core learning goals are split into eight topic areas, as follows:

  1. Leading and managing in adult social care, with the following detailed learning goals:
    1. Leadership and management
    2. Governance and regulatory processes
    3. Decision-making
    4. Business and resource management
  2. Leading and managing teams 
    1. Team leadership
    2. Team learning and development
    3. Supervising others
  3. Responsibilities
    1. Safeguarding
    2. Mental capacity
    3. Partnerships
    4. Comments and complaints
  4. Improvements and innovation
    1. Leading the vision
    2. Continuous improvement
  5. Communication
    1. Effective communication
    2. Handling information
  6. Values and behaviours
    1. Leading person-centred practice
    2. Health and wellbeing
    3. Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  7. Health and safety
    1. Health and safety
  8. Professional development
    1. Continuous development
    2. Personal wellbeing

Optional learning

In addition to the learning that is core for all those seeking to progress to Registered Manager positions, Skills for Care identified other areas in which further learning would be helpful.


Chief amongst these is digital skills, an area in which the social care sector lags behind other areas of the economy. These skills will be particularly important for graduates entering social care via the SCLS, as one of the aspirations for the scheme is that it introduces a disruptive energy in relation to digital skills.


Other areas of optional learning are designed to provide improved context for future Registered Managers, or a greater level of detail in some core areas. The key areas of optional learning, other than digital, are:

  1. Leading and managing different adult social care service models
  2. Aspects of care
  3. Aspects of management




2.1 – Leading and Managing in Adult Social Care


Leadership and management

  1. Understand leadership and management theories and styles including:
  1. the differences between leadership and management
  2. key theories of leadership and management
  3. how theoretical models can be used in own leadership
  4. analyse the range of different leadership styles
  5. how coaching and mentoring can be used to compliment leadership style.
  1. Understand leadership and management in adult care including:
  1. the impact of internal and external drivers on leadership and management in adult care services
  2. the role of leadership and management skills in adult care services
  3. how to adapt own leadership and management style for:
    1. different situations
    2. different teams
  4. the interaction between the values and culture of an adult social care organisation and own leadership behaviours.


Governance and regulatory processes

  1. Understand legislation and statutory guidance that underpins adult care provision:
  1. current legislation and statutory guidance that applies to all aspects of service provision
  2. own role, accountability, and responsibility in applying legislation and statutory guidance within service provision
  3. the key roles, remits and responsibilities in registered services, including:
    1. the registered manager
    2. the nominated individual
    3. the ‘fit and proper person’.
  1. Understand internal governance arrangements within own organisation including:
  1. internal governance procedures used within own organisation
  2. own role in applying, leading and evaluating own service’s governance procedures and agreed ways of working.
  1. Understand systems and requirements for the regulation of adult care services including:
  1. specific legislation and regulations underpinning the inspection system in England
  2. range of legislation and statutory guidance that support and relate to the inspection process in England
  3. types of service provision which are subject to registration and inspection
  1. Understand the inspection process in adult social care, including:
  1. how services are inspected and the role of the regulator
  2. the purpose of the inspection system
  3. the different types of inspection and key themes of the inspection process
  4. how the ratings system is used
  5. when and how enforcement action can be used
  6. the ways in which information is collected about the service and used to inform inspection activities.
  1. Understand the inspection process in own service, including:
  1. how the requirements of the regulations are met within own service
  2. who needs to be aware of, and involved in, the inspection process
  3. the range and types of evidence which can be used to demonstrate the service is meeting requirements
  4. ways to address the outcome and impact of an inspection in own service
  5. how outcomes of inspection can be used to drive service improvements.



  1. Understand effective decision-making, including:
  1. the different types of decisions required in own role
  2. the role of data, information and intelligence in making evidence-based decisions to improve quality
  3. how own and others values and priorities influence decision making processes
  4. how to enable others to contribute to the decision making
  5. the importance of reviewing and evaluating decisions to improve quality.
  1. Demonstrate effective decision-making, including:
  1. identify when decisions need to be made
  2. gather data, information and intelligence to inform decision making
  3. identify a range of potential solutions
  4. evaluate potential solutions and draw conclusions
  5. involve individuals and others in the decision-making process and the implementation of the outcome
  6. evaluate the decision and the decision-making process used.


Business and resource management

  1. Understand principles for effective resource management including:
  1. the impact of national and local strategies and priorities on resource planning and management in relation to:
    1. financial resources
    2. physical resources
    3. human resources.
  2. the importance of accurate forecasting for resource requirements
  3. the value of using assets and resources outside traditional services and in the community
  4. the place of technology as a resource in service delivery and service management
  5. the meaning of sustainability in terms of resource management in adult care
  6. roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities for resource management within the organisation
  7. the importance of business continuity planning and the processes available.
  1. Understand principles of effective human resource management, including:
  1. legislation, policy and practices underpinning safe and fair recruitment
  2. approaches known to improve recruitment and retention of adult care staff
  3. recruitment, selection and induction processes in the organisation and own role in them
  4. the importance of ensuring employment practices are free from discrimination and harassment
  5. how to identify the numbers and patterns of staffing required to provide a person-centred, outcomes-based service
  6. factors that could influence staffing requirements and patterns
  7. how to manage staffing patterns and adjust them to meet changing circumstances
  8. succession and contingency planning in relation to workforce
  9. the organisation’s performance management procedures, and own role in these
  10. the organisation’s conduct, discipline and grievance procedures, and own role in these.
  1. Understand market provision in adult social care, including:
  1. how services are commissioned, procured, and funded
  2. current drivers shaping adult care, funding mechanisms and related services gaps in current market provision
  3. how own service relates to the wider market and needs of the local population now and in the future
  4. how own service will need to evolve to meet demand for social care services now and in the future.
  1. Understand integrated approaches in health and social care, including:
  1. what is meant by an integrated health and social care system
  2. the rationale and legislative context for integrated approaches to service provision
  3. local and national initiatives to better integrate health and social care systems and services
  4. impact of more integrated systems and processes on working practices and relationships.

2.2 – Leading and Managing Teams


Team leadership

  1. Provide leadership for a team including:
  1. adapt leadership styles to reflect different stages and cycles in the team’s development
  2. establish trust and accountability within the team
  3. build and maintain team’s commitment to the service and its values
  4. develop, implement and review strategies to support a positive values-based culture in the team
  5. demonstrate values and behaviours which recognise and champion diversity, equality, and inclusion within the team.
  1. Manage team work, including:
  1. the participation of team members in agreeing team objectives
  2. encourage creativity and innovation in planning how to meet team objectives and agree a team plan
  3. agree roles and responsibilities, taking account of the team’s strengths and development needs
  4. support the team to work towards team objectives
  5. review team objectives and facilitate opportunity for the team to reflect on their progress
  6. provide feedback and recognise progress on team performance.


Team learning and development

  1. Understand principles of learning and professional development in adult care:
  1. the range of required and recommended learning and development in adult care
  2. the differences between learning requirements and continuous professional development
  3. the purpose and benefits of workforce planning and development
  4. the importance of literacy, numeracy and digital skills in adult care and how to develop these skills of the workforce
  5. the benefits of continually improving own and team’s knowledge and practice and ways to achieve this
  6. the factors to consider when identifying, planning, selecting and commissioning activities for learning and professional development
  7. the importance of reflective practice in improving own and team’s performance and different models that support this.
  1. Lead learning and professional development practices, including:
  1. evaluate available mechanisms and resources that can support learning and professional development in adult care
  2. promote a learning culture within own team
  3. support team members to plan for, achieve, and review, their professional development goals
  4. facilitate the development of others to enable effective delegation


Supervising others

  1. Understand the purpose and practice of professional supervision in adult care settings, including:
  1. how requirements of legislation, codes of practice and agreed ways of working influence and structure professional supervision requirements in adult care
  2. the function of professional supervision in adult care
  3. different supervision activities and processes which can be used in adult care
  4. how effective supervision should be used to support and protect:
    1. the supervisee
    2. individuals, carers and families.
  5. how effective supervision can protect the supervisor and organisation.
  6. why the wellbeing of the supervisee should be included within effective supervision and supportive practices, and ways to enable and promote this
  7. how external and internal factors influence practice and can be used within professional supervision objectives
  8. how supervision can be used alongside appraisal and professional development processes to enhance performance and aspirations of the supervisee
  9. the factors which can result in a power imbalance in professional supervision and how to address them
  10. ways to address challenges arising during professional supervision.
  1. Provide regular professional supervision, including:
  1. establish understanding and agreement with supervisee on key areas such as:
    1. the purpose, frequency and location of supervision activities
    2. actions which can support preparation for supervision
    3. sources of data and evidence that can be used to inform supervision
    4. confidentiality, boundaries, roles and accountability.
  2. use information from a range of sources to build an understanding of the supervisee’s performance
  3. support the supervisee to review their own well-being and the range of strategies and support available to them
  4. support supervisee to reflect on and explore methods of addressing different situations in their work
  5. provide constructive feedback to the supervisee that can be used to improve and develop performance
  6. support supervisee to identify, plan and achieve their own learning and professional development needs
  7. agree, review and revise targets to meet objectives of the work setting and individual objectives of the supervisee
  8. record and store outcomes of supervision activities in line with agreed ways of working.

2.3 – Responsibilities



  1. Understand requirements for safeguarding in adult care, including:
  1. current legislative framework and national guidance that underpins the safeguarding of adults
  2. local systems, procedures and agencies relating to adult safeguarding and own role within these
  3. how national and local guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding affect:
    1. day to day work with individuals
    2. own responsibilities towards individuals, their families and carers as well as team members.
  4. how investigations into serious failures to uphold individuals’ rights to live free from abuse and neglect have impacted on national policy
  5. legal provisions in relation to whistle-blowing and information sharing
  6. own role in leading a response to suspected or disclosed abuse or neglect
  7. how and when to engage others in relation to responding to safeguarding concerns
  8. issues relating to consent to share information and own responsibilities to share information about suspicions or disclosures of abuse or neglect
  9. local systems, procedures and agencies relating to children’s safeguarding and own role within these.
  1. Lead the implementation of practices, policies and procedures to support safeguarding in adult care, including:
  1. ensure that all policies, procedures, systems and processes used in the work setting comply with legal requirements and local and national guidance
  2. embed safeguarding principles throughout all practices, policies and procedures
  3. support team members to develop the knowledge and skills they need to safeguard adults at risk
  4. ensure team members understand their role in responding to concerns about the safeguarding of a child or young person
  5. plan and implement the review and revision of person-centred practices, policies and procedures to ensure continuous improvement in safeguarding of adults at risk of abuse or neglect
  6. embed practices that encourage and empower adults at risk, and those who are important to them, to share concerns
  7. follow agreed protocols to participate in inter-agency, joint or integrated working in order to achieve the best outcomes for adults at risk.


Mental capacity

  1. Understanding mental capacity and consent, including:
  1. key provisions of legislation, codes of practice and policy regarding mental capacity and how these relate to the service
  2. own role in applying and upholding key principles of mental capacity legislation and code of practice
  3. the support available when mental capacity needs to be assessed, and how to access this support
  4. own role in the assessment of risk in situations where an individual’s capacity is a concern
  5. practices which support individuals’ ability to provide valid consent
  6. own and team members’ development needs relating to mental capacity and their practice.
  1. Understand the use and impact of restrictive practices including:
  1. what is meant by ‘restrictive practices’, ‘restraint’ and ‘deprivation of liberty’ and how they apply to practices within own work setting
  2. the legal and ethical considerations of restricting an individual’s rights and freedoms
  3. own responsibilities in relation to restrictive practices and deprivations of liberty
  4. appropriate and proportionate responses to restrictions on an individual’s rights and freedoms
  5. the potential impacts of restrictive practices on individuals and others
  6. how person-centred, outcomes-based practices can mitigate the use of restrictive practices
  7. own and team members’ development needs relating to the use of restrictive practices.



  1. Understand the context of relationships and partnership working, including:
  1. how legislation and regulation influence working relationships with others
  2. how relationships with individuals and carers underpin person centred practice and affect the achievement of positive outcomes for individuals and their families
  3. how networking and working collaboratively with other agencies and community groups brings benefits both for those using the service and for the sustainability and reach of the organisation
  4. how integrated working with other agencies delivers better outcomes for individuals and the place of systems leadership in this
  5. the methods, protocols and limitations of using different communication methods used to forge relationships and partnerships with other professionals and agencies
  6. the features of effective, collaborative partnership working across agencies and ways to overcome barriers
  7. own role and responsibilities in establishing positive relationships within and beyond the organisation.
  1. Lead effective relationships with individuals, carers and families, including:
  1. model open, respectful and supportive relationships with individuals, carers and their families
  2. embed co-production within day-to-day practices of team.
  1. Manage working relationships with colleagues in own setting to achieve positive outcomes for individuals, including:
  1. develop systems and procedures to facilitate effective working relationships with colleagues in the organisation
  2. develop and agree common objectives when working with colleagues
  3. implement systems and practices that allow colleagues to make appropriate contributions using their specific expertise
  4. deal constructively with conflicts or dilemmas that arise
  5. evaluate own working relationships with colleagues.
  1. Work in partnerships with professionals and other agencies:
  1. negotiate with professionals in other agencies to agree objectives, roles and responsibilities, procedures and ways of working for a specific task or area of work
  2. use agreed ways of working to carry out own role and support others to carry out their responsibilities
  3. deal constructively with any challenges in ways that promote change, any poor practice or failure to work in agreed ways
  4. implement and use communication and recording systems that comply with current legislation for information sharing between agencies
  5. evaluate the effectiveness of partnership work and the processes that underpin it and seek agreement for improvements.


Comments and complaints

  1. Understand the management of comments and complaints including
  1. the relationship between the management of comments and complaints, risk management and safeguarding
  2. regulatory requirements, codes of practice and guidance for managing comments and complaints
  3. why those using services and others may be reluctant to raise comments or make complaints
  4. attitudes and approaches that ensure comments and complaints can prompt continuous improvement of the service.
  1. Lead practice in listening and responding to comments and complaints, including:
  1. support team members to understand systems and procedures that ensure individuals’ comments and complaints are listened and responded to
  2. ensure accessible information and support is in place to enable, empower and encourage individuals and others to raise and follow-up on comments and complaints
  3. implement open and transparent systems and procedures that compassionately address and respond to comments and complaints within agreed time frames
  4. learn from comments and complaints to drive improvements to the service.

2.4 – Improvements and Innovations


Leading the vision

  1. Understand how to develop a vision for the service including:
  1. own role in developing a vision for the service
  2. how the vision, and future of the service, may be affected by a range of factors
  3. how to ensure the vision and future direction of the service remains compatible with internal aspirations of the service and the external adult care system.
  1. Lead commitment and implementation of the vision and future direction of the service including:
  1. build support for the vision and future direction of the service and ensure it is shared and owned by those who will be implementing and communicating it
  2. support stakeholders within and beyond the organisation to be aware of the vision and the impact it will have on them
  3. create a plan to implement the vision and future direction of the service
  4. review and monitor stages of the plan adapting approaches where needed.


Continuous improvement

  1. Understand continuous quality improvement in adult social care, including:
  1. how to use continuous quality improvement tools and techniques to meet regulatory and best practice guidance requirements
  2. the potential signs or indicators of poor practices
  3. how quality assurance practices inform quality improvement activities
  4. how governance, audit processes and compliance activity can support person-centred, outcome-based practices.
  1. Lead continuous improvement in practice, including:
  1. monitor and evaluate progress towards the achievement of positive outcomes and the implementation of person-centred practice
  2. create opportunities for individuals and others to provide feedback on their experiences of the service
  3. listen, respond to, and use the views of individuals and others
  4. use evidence-based research to identify best practice in outcomes based and person-centred practice
  5. identify areas where digital technology could improve or enhance outcomes based person-centred practice
  6. identify and act on lessons learned from incidents and events
  7. review the extent to which systems, processes and practice facilitate positive outcomes for individuals
  8. plan for and lead the implementation of improvements to systems, processes and practice.
  1. Lead a culture that supports innovation and change to improve outcomes for individuals, including:
  1. evaluate the achievement of person-centred outcomes to identify where improvements could be made
  2. work with others to identify opportunities for service improvement through transformation and innovation
  3. recognise and utilise the expertise of others when driving innovation, improvement and change.
  1. Understand how to implement effective change, including:
  1. the processes and models of best practice in ‘change management’
  2. the tools available and skills needed to inspire change, development and innovation across the service
  3. the range of external drivers for change and how these impact on service
  4. success factors and barriers to implementing effective change.

2.5 – Communication


Effective communication

  1. Know how to use communication skills to achieve positive interactions, including:
  1. different communication skills, methods and models, and the circumstances they may be most appropriately used in
  2. how to achieve maximum impact by using a range of appropriate communication skills and methods
  3. how communication skills underpin:
    1. achievement of positive outcomes for individuals and others
    2. the leadership and management of teams
    3. sustainable relationships and partnerships.
  1. Know how to manage and resolve conflict, including:
  1. the models of conflict management and conflict resolution
  2. factors that can cause friction and conflict within the workplace
  3. skills that underpin conflict management and conflict resolution techniques.
  1. Be able to communicate effectively with others, including:
  1. demonstrate a range of effective communication styles, methods and skills
  2. apply communication skills appropriately in relation to message and audience for maximum impact
  3. adapt communication style in response to the emotional context and communication style of others
  4. identify and overcome barriers to communication with a range of people
  1. Develop communication practices that promote positive outcomes, including:
  1. monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the communication systems and practices used in the workplace
  2. monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the communication practices to support positive outcome for individuals
  3. propose improvements to communication systems and practices and lead their implementation.


Handling information

  1. Understand effective information management, including:
  1. own role and responsibilities in effective information management, and in supporting others to effectively handle information
  2. how to respond to a data breach, including reporting procedures
  3. how to initiate service’s business continuity plan and relevance to data and cyber security.
  1. Implement systems for effective information management including:
  1. lead the implementation of policies and systems for effective information management to meet legal and ethical requirements
  2. lead practice to address legal and/or ethical conflicts that arise between maintaining confidentiality and sharing information
  3. identify team’s training needs in relation to handing information and implement a plan to address these needs

2.6 – Values and Behaviours


Leading person-centred practice

  1. Understand person-centred, outcomes-based practice, including:
  1. the features, principles, drivers, and values of:
    1. strength-based approaches
    2. person-centred practice
    3. active participation
    4. outcomes-based practice.
  2. the relationship between strength-based approaches and person-centred practice on outcomes-based practices, and the individuals’ health and wellbeing, independence, choice, and control
  1. Understand the value of person-centred practice in partnership working to enabling individuals to achieve their desired outcomes, including:
  1. the role of partnerships, collaboration and co-production with individuals and others in enabling individuals to achieve their desired outcomes
  2. own service’s role in enabling individuals to build and maintain relationships and connections to their community
  3. how integrated service provision that crosses traditional boundaries achieves better outcomes for individuals.
  1. Lead practice to facilitate positive outcomes for individuals through person-centred practice, including:
  1. develop and implement a plan to ensure team members have the training and development they need to support individuals in person-centred ways to achieve individuals’ desired outcomes
  2. support and develop team members to work in partnership with individuals and others and to recognise and respond to individuals’ changing strengths, needs and preferences
  3. support and develop others to apply person-centred approaches in complex situations to ensure positive outcomes for individuals and those important to them
  4. facilitate the development and review of individuals’ care and support ensuring individuals and others are actively involved and that plans and activities reflect individuals’ preferences, wishes, strengths and needs
  5. manage resources in ways that:
    1. supports individuals to make choices about their health and wellbeing, and achieve positive outcomes,
    2. provide reasonable adjustments to enable individuals to access care and support.
  6. implement systems and processes for recording:
    1. identification, progress towards and achievement of individuals desired outcomes,
    2. the implementation of person-centred practice.
  1. Understand the role of relationships in promoting health and wellbeing, including:
  1. the importance of proactive approaches in supporting individuals to build and maintain relationships
  2. how open, proactive cultures that support individuals’ rights to have the relationships they choose can reduce or minimise risks
  3. the range and types of support an individual may need to maintain and build relationships, and when external services may be required
  1. Lead practice in recognising individuals’ relationships, including:
  1. develop approaches which recognise individuals’ sexuality and relationship needs
  2. promote an open, proactive culture where individuals and others feel confident to discuss sexuality, relationships and protection
  3. ensure individuals and others have access to support, information and advice about relationships and sexuality.
  1. Understand positive risk-taking in context of supporting individuals, including:
  1. how positive risk-taking can contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for individuals
  2. the impact of a risk-averse culture on person centred practice and the wellbeing of individuals
  3. the considerations which need to be applied in the management of positive risk-taking
  4. how supporting others to balance risks and rights promotes person centred practices.
  1. Lead the implementation of practices, policies, procedures to manage risk and positive risk-taking, including:
  1. lead a culture which recognises the benefits of positive risk taking in person centred practice and the wellbeing of individuals
  2. facilitate a person-centred approach in the management of risks
  3. evaluate own and others practice in leading a balanced approach to risk taking.


Health and wellbeing

  1. Lead a culture that promotes individuals’ wellbeing and independence in all aspects of day to day practice, including:
  1. facilitate a culture:
    1. where individuals’ histories, preferences, wishes, needs and strengths are prioritised, recognised, respected and responded to
    2. which enables individuals’ to lead full and meaningful lives connected to those important to them and to their communities
    3. which enables individuals and those important to them to them to influence and co-design how care and support services are provided.
  1. Understand the importance of promoting individuals’ health and wellbeing, including:
  1. the range of factors that may influence an individuals’ health and wellbeing
  2. own role, and role of others, in monitoring, assessing and promoting individuals’ wellbeing
  3. own role in providing sufficient training, support and supervision to enable others to monitor the individuals’ health and wellbeing
  4. how to ensure lines of accountability and responsibility are understood for delegated healthcare tasks.
  1. Lead practice in promoting individuals’ health and wellbeing, including:
  1. support others to:
    1. meet identified health and wellbeing needs
    2. monitor, and assess changes to, individuals’ health and wellbeing using appropriate tools
    3. understand the importance of early identification of deterioration in individuals’ health and wellbeing
    4. record and respond to assessments and observations of individuals’ health and wellbeing.
  2. implement protocols for involving others in response to changes in individuals’ health and wellbeing
  3. work in partnership with individuals, healthcare professionals and others to agree roles and responsibilities in achieving individuals’ healthcare and wellbeing outcomes


Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights

  1. Understand equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights, including:
  1. the legislation underpinning equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  2. the societal, and historical influences underpinning equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  3. the impact of legal, societal and historical influencers on own role in promoting a culture that values equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  4. the impact of discriminatory or closed cultures on individuals and others
  5. how own and others’ values, beliefs and experience can impact practices and behaviours relating to equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights
  1. Lead a culture that promotes values and celebrates equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights, including:
  1. evaluate own and others’ ability to positively respond to people’s differences to achieve better outcomes
  2. evaluate how the service promotes, values and celebrates equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights
  3. implement changes to practices, policy or procedures to improve how the service promotes, values, and celebrates equality, diversity, inclusion, and human rights
  4. monitor and review changes and improvements being made to lead to better outcomes for individuals and others
  5. challenge, and support others to challenge, discrimination, harassment and exclusion in ways that are likely to achieve change and promote positive outcomes

2.7 – Health and Safety


Health and safety

  1. Understand health and safety requirements in adult social care, including:
  1. the legislative framework for health and safety in adult care settings
  2. key sources of information and guidance for health and safety in the workplace.
  1. Lead the implementation of health and safety requirements in adult social care, including:
  1. interpret legislation and guidance and apply to organisational health and safety policies and working practices
  2. support others to comply with relevant organisational health and safety practices, policies, procedures to help keep them safe
  3. monitor compliance with safe working, practices and provide appropriate intervention where procedures are not adhered to
  4. evaluate working practices and make improvements to health and safety practices, policies and procedures
  5. complete records and reports on health and safety and issues according to legislative and organisational requirements.
  1. Understand effective risk management, including:
  1. the range of risk management requirements in adult care
  2. own responsibilities to identify, assess and manage risk
  3. range of mechanisms and tools available to inform and carry out risk management activities.
  1. Lead the implementation of policies, procedures and practices to effectively manage risk including:
  1. contribute to the development of policies, procedures and practices to identify, assess and manage risk
  2. work with others to identify, assess and manage risks and issues
  3. support team members to understand risk management and adhere to guidance which promotes safe practices.

2.8 – Professional Development


Continuous development

  1. Demonstrate commitment to own development, including:
  1. evaluate own knowledge and performance using standards and benchmarks
  2. identify and prioritise own professional development needs and aspirations and implement plans to meet these
  3. create and engage with opportunities for others to provide feedback on own performance across all aspects of role
  4. identify a range of opportunities to support own professional development that reflect own learning style and needs
  5. evaluate how own practice has been improved through:
    1. the implementation of the professional development plan
    2. reflection on feedback from others
    3. learning from achievements and adverse events.
  1. Demonstrate commitment to self-awareness, including:
  1. use feedback and reflective practice to increase own self-awareness
  2. analyse how own values, belief systems and experiences impact own practices
  3. analyse how own emotions affect behaviour and the impact this has on others.
  1. Manage own workload effectively, including:
  1. use strategies and tools to plan and identify priorities for work and revise plans when priorities change
  2. use digital technology to enhance own and others’ efficiency
  3. facilitate the development of others to enable effective delegation
  4. consider impact on own wellbeing when planning and responding to organisation priorities
  5. plan strategies and support mechanisms to access when workload is difficult to manage.


Personal wellbeing

  1. Understand own wellbeing, including:
  1. what is meant by ‘personal wellbeing’, ‘self-care’ and ‘resilience’
  2. factors that positively and negatively influence own wellbeing
  3. indicators of own wellbeing and wellbeing deterioration.
  1. Understand the importance of maintaining and improving own wellbeing, including
  1. how own wellbeing impacts on role and behaviour
  2. how own wellbeing impacts others.
  1. Know how to maintain and improve own wellbeing, including:
  1. strategies to maintain and improve own wellbeing
  2. a range of wellbeing support offers available and how to access them
  3. how to access professional help if needed.
  1. Know how to manage own stress and anxiety, including:
  1. what is meant by ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety
  2. indicators of stress and anxiety in oneself
  3. factors that can trigger stress and anxiety in oneself
  4. how stress and anxiety may affect own reactions and behaviours towards others
  5. strategies for managing own stress and anxiety
  6. how to access a range of support offers.

2.9 – Optional Learning


Digital skills

Digital skills have been highlighted a key learning and development priority for care managers. Key themes:


Leading and managing different adult social care service models






Aspects of support






Aspects of leadership and management







3.1 – Onward development


Section to be developed.