The social care Management Induction Standards (published summer 2008) was developed by Skills for Care to support the national strategy for leadership and management. The standards are based upon management practice which has person-centred planning at its heart, with people who use services firmly in control and identifying what is personally important for the achievement of preferred outcomes.
We have created a set of online assessments to support managers to identify which Standards and Outcomes they already know and which they need to focus their learning and development on. This is a fast and effective way to support the provision of management development. The reporting function will identify the collective training priorities for your managers so that training plans, funds and mentors can be focused on supporting managers to meet their knowledge gaps.
The Standards support social care to meet the seven expected outcomes for people who use adult care services expressed in Putting People First - a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care (DH 2007) and support the seven Common Core Principles to Support Self Care that promote informed choices, effective communication and confidence, access to information, skills development, use of technology, support networks for care planning and evaluation, and supported risk management, for people caring for themselves.
Whilst the Standards are generally for new and aspiring managers, they are also recommended as a benchmark for existing managers to ensure they are at least working at a higher level that the base level of knowledge required for new managers. New managers should have demonstrated all the outcomes within six months of taking up a management role.
The Standards are intended to be used in a very wide range of settings-to include people who manage their own services and micro employers as well as small, medium and large organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.