Candidates in the National Care Forum’s (NCF) 2019 Rising Stars programme were invited to a attend a roundtable discussion with Minister of State for Care last week.
The 10 Rising Stars spoke to Caroline Dinenage about the challenges and triumphs they encounter in their day-to-day roles as managers, as well as their ambitions for the sector.
They also spoke about their careers to date, with many sharing their story of having joined the organisations as care workers, bank staff or cleaners, and moved their way up the career ladder in care.
The Care Minister reflected on the recent #everydayisdifferent recruitment campaign and how strongly she felt about the central role of care in supporting people to live as independently as they can, with a personal approach sitting right at the core.
She complimented the managers on their “infectious passion and drive for delivering care” and noted how “delighted” she had been to spend time with the “leaders of the future”.
Launched in 2017, the NCF Rising Stars Programme was created to develop leadership skills through mentoring and learning opportunities.
NCF members are invited to nominate managers and each year 10 are selected to participate in the programme.
NCF executive director Vic Rayner said: “With the help of our partners, this programme enables those shining lights in NCF member organisations to develop a wide variety of skills, varying from managing staff, learning about recruitment and staff retention to media training and harnessing technology. Plus they are mentored by some inspirational industry leaders.”