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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

07th October 2015

Occupational therapist opening home

Can an Occupational Therapist open a care home ?

Occupational therapist opening homeDear Debbie,

There are a number of steps that need to be gone through to become a Registered Care Home Provider.

To operate a care home you have to be registered by the Care Quality Commission.

Your first point of call therefore should be to read their guidance about registration which you can find on these 2 web pages:

If you also wanted to be the Registered Manager then you should also look at

These pages set out the requirements needed for registration.

I am certain that your experience as an Occupational Therapist would be an important consideration in registering you as a provider.

Whether it would also fill the criteria for becoming a Registered Manager is less clear, so if you want to become the Registered Manager too you should look at the experience, knowledge and qualifications required and try to cross reference where you meet the criteria and look to fill the gaps.

Best wishes.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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