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Is it possible to become a registered manager in a care establishment if I have had a previous conviction?

Is it possible to become a registered manager in a care establishment if I have had a previous conviction?

Thank you for your question. This is not an easy question to answer, as it will depend on information you supply to CQC which demonstrates how you meet the regulations.

CQC will want to be assured in accordance the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (regulated activities) Regulations 2014 Regulation 7 that you are:

  • Of good character.
  • Able to properly perform tasks that are intrinsic to the role.
  • Have the necessary qualifications, competence, skills, and experience to manage the regulated activity.
  • Have supplied them with documents that confirm your suitability

Linked to this you will need to provide information relating to Schedule 3  and Part 2 of schedule 4 which helps CQC make their assessment of this.

Your conviction, if spent, is not in itself a barrier to registration, but whether the CQC assess you of being of good character.

CQC says: ‘When assessing whether a registered manager is of good character, providers must follow robust processes to make sure that they gather all available information to confirm that the individual is of good character, and have regard to the matters outlined in Schedule 4, Part 2 of the regulations. It is not possible to outline every character trait an individual should have, but we would expect to see that the processes followed take account of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, and respectfulness’

Your provider should have undertaken a risk assessment and documented their decision to employ you as manager. This will be helpful to share with CQC.

All that is left is to advise you to be honest and open. How your life has changed since the conviction? Consider how you meet the requirements and make sure you are ready to answer those questions.

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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