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Current qualification accepted

Required to register :

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

  1. University Certificate Step up to Management (Social Care Wales)

or

Any of the level 3 qualifications listed on the Qualification Framework for adult care home workers.

plus

Enrolment on the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (any management pathway) Wales and Northern Ireland. Those enrolled on the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services will need to complete this within their first 3 year period of registration.

or

Degree in Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy.

plus either a

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Practice Quality in Social Care

or

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.

Managers who hold one of the listed degrees but not one of the listed management qualifications, can apply to register but will need to complete the relevant management qualification within their first 3 year period of registration.

Registration is required


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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 Management (Assessed in a Social Care Setting)

  3. NVQ 4 Registered Managers Award

  4. NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  5. NVQ 4 Care

Or for people registered before May 2013:

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

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 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 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 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.

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.