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Current qualification accepted

For registration as a manager:

Any of the qualifications listed for registration as an Adult Care Home Manager.

Recommended for practice as a worker:

  1. City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)

or

  1. City and Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)

or one of the following qualifications

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

  2. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Advanced Practice) Wales and Northern Ireland

Workers who do not have one of the listed qualifications can apply to register as a worker if they complete the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (AWIF) or the Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award within twelve months of starting employment. They will then need to complete one of the required qualifications within their first 3 year period of registration.

Any qualifications that are listed within more senior roles in the same service area will also be accepted for registration in this role.

Registration with Social Care Wales is now open

Adult care home deputy managers can register as a manager if they meet the requirements for a domiciliary care manager.


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. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

  2. First Level Registered Nurse

  3. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services

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

  5. NVQ 4 Registered Managers Award

  6. NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  7. NVQ 4 Care

  8. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

  9. Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare

  10. Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support

  11. Level 3 Diploma in Physiotherapy Support

  12. Level 3 Diploma in Reablement Support

  13. NVQ 3 Care: Continuing Care

  14. NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  15. NVQ 3 Care

  16. NVQ 3 Promoting Independence

  17. NVQ 3 Care: Mental Health Care

  18. NVQ 3 Care: Supported Living

Other UK qualifications accepted

England:

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (Adults’ Residential 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 additional 10, 13 or 16 credits.

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

All workers with this qualification need to complete an additional 10 credits (to make up for the smaller qualification size in England) for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults’ Residential Management) Wales and Northern Ireland.

  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 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  2. 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 includes managers. This induction is expected to be robust and accessible to prepare 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.

Post-registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements

All registered persons are required to complete a total of 90 hours’ or 15 days’ PRTL for each three-year period of registration.

More information on PRTL.

Registration with Social Care Wales is now open

Adult care home deputy managers can register as a manager if they meet the requirements for a domiciliary care manager.


Register here
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