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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults’ Management) Wales and Northern Ireland

or

  1. Degree in Social Work

plus

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Practice Quality in Social Care

or

  1. Degree in Social Work

plus

A generic management qualification on condition that:

  • it is set at a minimum of level 3
  • it has a minimum of 37 credits
  • it was assessed in the workplace for occupational competence and the registered person was in a relevant role in a health or social care setting when the qualification was undertaken.

NB: Managers who hold a Degree in Social Work but not one of the listed management qualifications, can apply to register but will need to complete one of the listed management qualifications within their first 3 year period of registration.

Registration with Social Care Wales is now open


Register here

Other requirements

Service regulations require that “the service provider must ensure that at all times a sufficient number of suitably qualified, trained, skilled, competent and experienced staff are deployed to work at the service”.

The suitable qualifications are included on this framework.

Other qualifications accepted

  1. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services

  2. NVQ 4 Registered Managers Award

  3. NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  4. NVQ 4 Care

  5. NVQ 4 Management (Assessed in a Social Care Setting)

or

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

plus

  1. NVQ 4 Management (Assessed in a Social Care Setting)

Other UK qualifications accepted

England:

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (Adults’ Management) England

All workers with this qualification need to complete an additional 10 credits (to make up for the smaller qualification size in England).

Workers who have also taken either of the following units:

  • Understand how to manage a team
  • Understanding professional supervision practice

will need to complete an additional 3 credits per unit taken (of those above) from the optional unit bank, as these units do not form part of the qualification developed for use in Wales.

This means that people holding this qualification will need to complete an extra 10, 13 or 16 credits.

  1. Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (Adult Social Care) Listed on the Skills for Care Apprenticeship Framework

Northern Ireland:

No additional learning required. The qualification is the same for Northern Ireland and Wales.

Scotland :

  1. Level 4 SVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services

No additional learning required.

Induction requirements

It is the responsibility of employers and the service provider to make sure that everyone working at the service receives an induction that’s appropriate to their role. This induction is expected to be robust and accessible to prepare them for new and changing roles and responsibilities.

It is also expected that all new managers will receive The Social Care Manager – practice guidance for social care managers registered with Social Care Wales as part of their induction, along with the Code of Practice for Social Care Employers.