Skills for Care is the home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care, and I would like to bring your attention to the Membership offer of the National Skills Academy.
Membership of the NSA strengthens the leadership capabilities of registered managers; leadership is the ‘golden thread’ that runs through the core of membership, which has been designed to offer support in addition to the Registered Manager networks already supported by Skills for Care for this group of professionals.
Membership is aimed at registered managers, however deputy managers and those in a similar role (such as the manager of a day care centre) are not restricted from joining.
Registered managers receive membership of the NSA for 12 months for a membership fee of £35. After 12 months, members are asked to renew their membership. Please see the attachment for joining/renewing guidance.
Many organisations choose to ‘bulk purchase’ membership on behalf of multiple registered managers as one way of demonstrating their commitment and support for this workforce (employers interested in doing so should contact Edward Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The benefits of membership are:
a welcome pack including a copy of the Social Care Manager’s Handbook and a membership certificate
We send this to members within 24 hours of them joining.
The membership pack is a folder with hole punched inserts.
The membership certificate includes a unique membership number.
You can find a digital copy of the membership certificate and the Social Care Manager’s Handbook as part of the supporting documents for this briefing.
Please note: The handbook is part of the costed offer so we ask you not to forward this on.
an exclusive member’s newsletter containing monthly ‘cut out and keep’ updates to add to your handbook
There is a ‘cut out and keep’ tab within the membership pack, members are encouraged to print off the Cut out and keep feature from each newsletter and insert it into their membership pack each month. Please see previous newsletters here: February / March / April / May
the opportunity to receive mentoring or become a mentor for other registered managers
Dates have been confirmed for the first mentoring workshops:
A workshop for members wishing to become a mentor will be held on 16th of June 2016 in London.
A workshop for members wishing to be mentored will be held on 21st of June 2016 in London.
We anticipate holding further workshops later in the year.
access to over 100 electronic resources catalogued online to help managers in their role
These are free digital resources that we have selected as being of interest for RMs and categorised on an online directory. Examples include the ‘CQC Providers Handbooks’, information from HMRC about the national minimum wage and Skills for Care briefings.
access to our LinkedIn forum, exclusive to registered managers
This is a restricted LinkedIn group that the membership team invite new members to join.
the registered manager’s member logo to use on communication materials
Members can download the logo by logging on to the member only pages of the website here:
http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Site/Register.aspx (National Skills Academy sign in)
an online toolkit to help you compare your leadership against the Leadership Qualities Framework
Mapped to the Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF) these questionnaires allow members to identify strengths and development opportunities via a number of assessments.
Offers and discounts
The discounts currently available to members are:
Skills for Care’s Effective Assessment Guide - £15 to members (25% discount).
Skills for Care’s Effective Supervision Guide - £15 to members (25% discount).
Moving-Up black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders programme - £100 off for members
Members receive a preferential rate for HR services from our external partner Pivotal HR www.pivotalhr.co.uk
Members can test and comment on new SfC products and resources in development, first and for free.