Career outlook for care service manager
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would be responsible for the overall management of a care service. This could be a care home, a daycare for adults or a service that provides care to people in their own homes.
You’d make sure that your colleagues feel supported and happy as this will help them to provide the best care.
You would register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and follow the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers.
Depending on the service you work with, you might provide support to:
- older people
- people experiencing mental health problems
- people with learning disabilities
- children, young people and families in their own homes
- people who are at the end of their life
- people with physical disabilities
As the registered manager, you’d make sure that the service is of good quality and meets National Care Standards. The standards ensure people are cared for with dignity, respect and compassion.
- have overall responsibility for the health and safety of people using the service and the staff providing the support
- be responsible for promoting the rights of people using the service, and safeguarding them against harm
- be involved in the selection and recruitment of staff. You’d also be responsible for managing and developing your team, arranging training and providing regular supervision
- get to know the people using the service well. You would need a good understanding of their illness, disability or support needs so your team can offer the right care
- provide information, advice and support to people using the service, their families and carers
- develop good working relationships with carers, families, health professionals and other agencies
- create opportunities for people using the service to contribute to the local community and access local services
You will also need business and organisational skills to ensure the care service is run effectively and with available resources. You would:
- be responsible for budgets
- monitor business performance
- raise funds
- negotiate contracts
- develop policies and practices to help meet the National Care Standards
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