The National Skills Academy for Social Care was delighted on Tuesday 29th October to visit Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, together with Julie Bristow, Registered Manager at The Cottage Christian Care and Nursing Home in Telford, Shropshire. Julie is the 1000th Registered Manager to join the Skills Academy’s National Support Programme for Registered Managers.
Norman Lamb presented Julie with an engraved vase and a bouquet to mark the occasion.
Launching this programme back in March 2013, Norman Lamb welcomed the development of a programme specifically designed to support Registered Managers, a vital element of the care workforce, saying the programme would “help provide the practical support and help that Registered Managers themselves say they need.” Six months later, the National Support Programme has sprung to life, with networks, workshops and events of specific practical value to Registered Managers being delivered across England.
Julie Bristow enjoyed the meeting with the Minister, using the occasion to discuss her role with Coverage Care Services Ltd and saying “This has been a huge and wonderful day. I was amazed when I was told I was the 1000th Member of the Programme, but I’m so pleased to have been able to have an opportunity to talk to the Minister about the role that Registered Managers play in social care.”
Rob Tovey, Chair of Shropshire Partners in Care, who accompanied Julie to the meeting, also used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of social care providers to quality services, saying: “This award means a great deal to Shropshire Partners in Care. It vindicates our continued championing, in the face of difficult circumstances, of excellence in social care. We are delighted that the importance of the Registered Managers’ Support Programme has been recognised by the Minister.”
Debbie Sorkin, Chief Executive at the National Skills Academy, joined Julie at the meeting, and commented on the speed with which the National Support Programme has grown: “The Department of Health has identified that Registered Managers are in a better position to directly affect care outcomes than almost anyone else in the sector, and provided funding that allows this tailored support programme to be delivered. Julie Bristow is a fantastic member of this growing network of care professionals dedicated to self-development and supporting each other in this vital role.”