26/03/2012 1:27 pm
How do I become a care home manager. I've worked in a care home for people with disabilities in the past, now I have an office job working in housing. I really miss working directly with service users and have realised my dream job would be to be a care home manager. How do I get there? Are there any qualifications I must have?
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26/03/2012 3:16 pm
I'd start by checking out this general introduction https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/PlanningYourCareer/JobProfiles/JobProfile1360/Pages/default.aspx. (If you just get a front page by clicking on this link, enter 'Care Home Manager' in the search box at top of page).
It has links that go though to the Care Quality Commission, whose website has details of the National Minimum Standards for care homes and managers, and the Skills for Care website (http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/home/home.aspx) where different qualification options are made clear.
27/03/2012 3:19 pm
From the little information you give I am assuming you do not have a relevant qualification and do not have management experience. This being the case you will not be in a position to apply for a care home manager post. You may however be able to use your experience of working with disabled people and your office experience to apply for a deputy or assistant managers post in a small home or hostel. In considering a post to apply for I would check out the training opportunities. Most organisation offer NVQ in care but you will want to go one step further and get an NVQ in management. If you have worked in a residential setting before you will know about the anti social hours of working evenings, weekends and bank holidays which put many people off.If you have worked with disabled people before then clearly you are not put off by the prospect of providing personal care e.g.washing, dressing and toileting. I assume your office experience includes basic computer skills and this will be useful because mangers spend more time than they would like on the computer. Just a cautionary note, you say care home manger would be your ideal job because you miss the client contact well just remember managersspend a lot of time in the office sorting out the budget, drawing up rotas,ordering supplies, attending review meetings and having one to one sessions with the staff. One last tip,care skills and management skills are transferable your chances of achieving your aim will be greatly improved if you don't restrict yourself to a particular client group. There are a lot more management posts in working with older people and dementia care is a growth area crying out for people with a positive attitude to old age and a willingness to train.