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06th September 2017

CQC Registration in advance of taking on Home Manager position

Can a deputy manager register themselves with the CQC, even though they are not seeking to take on a home manager position straight away?

Dear Josie,

Thank you for your question.

Registration to be the Registered Manager of a care home is processed relating to a particular care home.

It is not possible to be registered with CQC as a Registered Manager without that connection to a particular care home.

You can read about registering and find the appropriate forms on the CQC website here:

If you are thinking that one day you would like to be a Registered Manager then you are absolutely right to be considering in advance how you would meet the criteria to be registered. You will see on the CQC website that they say that when considering an application to be Registered that they will assess the extent to which you have the skills, qualifications and experience necessary to manage the regulated activities you have applied for. As with providers, you will need to understand the requirements of the legislation and be able to explain how you will manage regulated activity in accordance with them, in order to be registered.

As the Deputy Manager, you are obviously gaining the required skills and experience. If you haven't done so already it would be worthwhile considering if you might require any further qualifications depending on what you have already.

Finally, I would like to suggest that you keep up to date with the latest developments in Leadership and Management in Adult Social Care through the Skills for Care website:

All good wishes for the future,


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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