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14th June 2017

How do I go about becoming a registered manager?

Thank you for your advice in advance. I work as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing, I am a specialist nurse (MSc, BSc, NMP, etc.) and I am interested in becoming a registered care home manager. How do I go about it?
Many thanks,

Dear Julie,


Thank you for your question.


The body responsible for registering Registered Managers is the Care Quality Commission (CQC):


You can only apply to be a Registered Manager for a specific position.


You clearly have the qualifications to be in a position to apply but there will need to be a job as well.


You will normally be expected to have experience too but your experience as a nurse will count towards that.


You will have to decide therefore whether or not you wish to proceed to applying to become a Registered Manager, if you do then you will apply for a Registered Manager's job and then go through the process of applying for registration to CQC.


CQC can apply conditions of registration if they deem that to be appropriate and this is most likely to relate to additional training.


You can apply for Registration before you leave your current position but the application as I have said already will be job specific.


You can find information about the application form etc at:


Being a Registered Manager is a complex position covering so many different areas as well as care home legislation such as Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Human Resources etc.


The CQC website although not always easy to navigate is full of useful information to assist anyone considering applying to become a Registered Manager.


Good luck.



*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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