WDF to support development of managers

July 12, 2019

Skills for Care has announced that £3m of the Workforce Development Fund will this year be offered specifically for the development of managers and deputies.

Adult social care’s 21,200 registered managers and their deputies are in line to benefit from £3m through the Workforce Development Fund, which is specifically earmarked for the development of the skills and knowledge they need to lead high-quality services.

It’s the first time part of the Workforce Development Fund has been offered specifically for the development of managers and deputies. Skills for Care invests the Fund on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Workforce Development Fund recognises that supporting the development of new managers and deputies, and the continuous development of existing managers, is essential for services to deliver the quality of care required.

Skills for Care’s research shows that at least 10,000 registered managers will retire in the next 15 years, so the Workforce Development Fund also aims to support organisations in succession planning.

With vacancy rates for registered managers at almost 12%, the support on offer for succession planning should help the growing sector meet current and future demand.

Interim Chief Executive of Skills for Care, Andy Tilden says, 'We’ve been talking to registered managers through our local registered manager networks and engaging through our membership scheme and other initiatives. They’ve been telling us loud and clear that they really need this support.

'We also know the impact on managers who do too much due to not having deputies and team leads to share the workload. We’ve made a clear case that this is a role that’s often isolated, so needed targeted backing from the Workforce Development Fund. I’m delighted we’ve been successful in now being able to offer this very significant pot of money. All the data shows when you have an outstanding registered manager then people can access high-quality services in their communities.'

As well as targeted backing for managers, the Workforce Development Fund is now open to any adult social care employer in England to support the continuing professional development of their staff at all levels, offering funding for a wide range of qualifications and learning programmes. This year also includes enhanced funding for the completion of apprenticeships standards.

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