A new succession planning guide has been published to help social care employers plan for their next generation of leaders.
The Skills for Care guide was developed after research found that managers often arrive in their posts without having planned to become a manager leaving them to learn ‘on-the-job’.
Georgina Turner, Skills for Care’s Interim Director, Sector Development – Engagement, said: “Succession planning can effectively future-proof our sector by creating a pipeline of new care managers, and it’s something that all regulated care providers should be planning ahead for right now.
“We know the early development of new managers helps with retention and strengthens services because a well-led and skilled workforce will deliver high-quality services for those people who need care and support now and into the future.”
The easy-to-use, practical guide includes:
how employers can spot talent and identify future deputies and managers
how skills and confidence can be built through championing, shadowing managers, delivering internal training and leading projects
how qualifications, courses and standards support development
examples of what regulated providers are already doing for succession planning, including interviews with new managers and deputies
how employers can access new and enhanced WDF funding
practical checklists, examples and downloads to support planning.
Skills for Care is currently running a ‘Developing managers’ campaign that can be followed at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/developingmanagers and on Twitter at #DevelopingManagers