Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

Can the Nominated Individual take over when the Registered Manager of a care agency leaves?

Can the Nominated Individual take over when the Registered Manager of a care agency leaves?

Like most things, it all depends on additional detail. If a registered manager leaves then they need to cancel (deregister) their registration with CQC.


A new prospective manager will need to go through the registration process for a registered manager. It makes no difference who this is as their application is for a different role, so they will need to satisfy the criteria of the registered manager with CQC.


If the nominated individual does apply for the role and they have the necessary skills, knowledge, and competencies, it would be a good idea to appoint a new nominated individual, although this is not absolutely necessary – the roles are separate, and it is good practice wherever possible to have a separate nominated individual and registered manager.


Details of the process for the application of registered manager can be found here.


Guidance on what the legislation requires of an registered manager can be found here.

Abi Spence

Registration and Inspection Specialist

Abi has worked for and with Government agencies relevant to social care for the past 12+ years. Primarily with the Department of Health, Social Services Inspectorate, Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and since its inception the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of this long involvement Abi has developed a wide and detailed understanding of relevant issues and has worked closely with stakeholders such as people that use services, carers, providers, local government, the Department of Health, Ofsted and the Audit Commission. Read more

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Please note that our specialists cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger you must follow your local safeguarding procedures.

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