Care Home ManagerJob Description:
Care home managers lead and run residential homes for adults or children.Job Category:
What you will do:
As an adult care home manager you may:
- provide information, advice and support to residents, families and staff
- help residents access local services
- monitor business performance and quality of care
- agree contracts, budgeting and fundraising
- develop policies and keep private information confidential
As a children’s home manager you may:
- look after the children in your care
- make sure that wellbeing standards are met
- help children access local education and health services
- take part in care planning, statutory case reviews and conferences
- respond to child protection concerns and complaints
- knowledge of psychology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
As well as:
- customer service skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- to enjoy working with other people
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (leadership skills)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in health and social care management.
With your degree you can apply for graduate schemes.
You may be able to do a higher apprenticeship in adult care or children, young people and families manager.
You could then find work and train more on the job.
If you work in social care, you can apply to join a manager course.
You’ll choose a pathway relating to either adults or children and young people.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 39-41 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.
You could work at an adult care home or at a children’s care home. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could:
- manage several care homes for a large company or charity
- freelance as a consultant or a care home inspector
- teach in further education, such as a college