If your ambition is to become a manager or supervisor in a care home, you will need certain skills, qualities and qualifications. This article discusses the qualifications for care home managers that are appropriate to the role.
To progress in a managerial role in the care sector, you will need to be a certain kind of person. You will need to have integrity, be responsible, organised and honest, and be able to manage people. Most importantly, you need to be passionate about protecting and respecting the people in your care.
Qualifications for care home managers
Depending on the position you are applying for, you will need either one or both of the following care training qualifications:
NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care This kind of course covers most managerial duties, including communication and reporting, professional development (of self and staff), the protection of all individuals and healthy and safe working practices.
Leadership and Management of Care Services (LMC) This care training course goes into more depth on the subject of how to efficiently run a care service. It covers everything from how to develop procedures, policies and practices to communication, leadership skills and respecting the rights of patients.
Your qualifications should be relevant to the type of care home you are working in or applying to. Such care services include health and social care, child care, nursing, occupational therapy or social work.
At the lowest level, when starting out in the care sector, the Care Certificate (introduced in 2015) is now recommended as a requirement for work in care homes. The course set out by Health Education England and Skills for care includes aspects such as duty of care, equality and diversity, communication, health and safey and handling sensitive information.