Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
How do I go about becoming a Registered Manager?
Hi Sheila, can I apply to be a Registered Manager for a care company? I am studying at the moment, HND Level 5 in university and I will be finishing January 2019. Thank you
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 do not say in your question what the subject matter of the HND you are studying is. I am therefore going to assume that it is in Health and Social Care. You will have the qualification but do you have any experience of working in the sector?
You will normally be expected to have experience too.
I would advise you that if you do not have any experience you should gain some and with your qualification you should be able to move to a senior position quite quickly.
You will have to decide at what stage you wish to proceed to apply to become a Registered Manager, when you do 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 to a registration if they deem that to be appropriate and this is most likely to relate to additional training.
You can apply for Registration but the application as I have said already will be job specific.
You can find information about the application form 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.
With best wishes.
*All information is correct at the time of publishing.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.