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Care home manager

Care home managers are responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of residential care homes.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £54,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need qualifications and management experience to become a care home manager. Your qualifications should be relevant to the care services your home provides, like health and social care, child care, nursing, occupational therapy or social work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You'll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication, observation and listening skills
  • the ability to assess an individual's care and support needs
  • the ability to apply medical knowledge to patients' needs
  • strong leadership to maintain national quality standards
  • the ability to negotiate and manage a budget
  • IT and report writing skills

3. What you'll do

You may work in the public or private sectors, or for a charity.

You'll usually work with a specific client group, like:

  • older people
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with learning or physical disabilities
  • children or young adults
  • the terminally ill

As a care home manager, your duties may include:

  • meeting legal requirements including health and safety
  • providing information, advice and support to residents, families and staff
  • keeping confidentiality
  • promoting residents' rights and duties
  • encouraging residents to take part in activities
  • helping residents to access local services and join in the local community
  • monitoring business performance and quality of care
  • agreeing contracts, budgeting and fundraising
  • developing policies and practices
  • recruiting, training and supervising staff

As a children’s home manager your duties may include:

  • looking after the welfare of children in your care
  • making sure that quality standards are met
  • enabling access to local education, health and other services
  • promoting children's rights and duties
  • taking part in care planning, statutory case reviews and conferences
  • developing positive behaviour and discipline
  • responding to child protection concerns and complaints

The Care Quality Commission has more information on this job.

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000 to £54,000

You may receive added benefits like private healthcare, company car, bonus and share options.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week. This may include shifts, weekends and some emergency on-call duties.

This work can be emotionally and physically demanding.

For some jobs you may need to live on site or have a driving licence.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to regional manager within a large healthcare company or charity. You could also become a freelance consultant or a care home inspector.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017