Stafford Registered Managers Network (2022/2023)

Within this page you will find useful information, advice & guidance along with best practice for Registrered Managers of Care Providers with Staffordshire.  The Registered Managers Network is supported by the Care Market Development Team and the Chair of the meeting Natalie Dibble can be contacted through the Care Market Development Team email:-

What Managers say about the network meetings ..............

 "A safe place to network with other managers who share compassion and determination to get through the most challenging of times, an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings whilst supporting each other with constantly changing guidance".   -  Trish Jones, Grace Care Group, Stoke Registered Manager Network

"I have found the WhatsApp group extremely helpful and supportive. At a really difficult time it helps to have the knowledge, advice and support from others who understand our unique situation".                                                                                                -   Clodagh McGurrin, CEO and Registered Manager, Ordinary Lifestyles


Dates for future meetings 




07 April 2022

10am – 12.30pm

Rudyard Suite, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2LP

07 July 2022

10am – 12.30pm

Rudyard Suite, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2LP

06 October 2022

10am – 12.30pm

Rudyard Suite, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2LP

12 January 2023

10am – 12.30pm

Oak Room, County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford, ST16 2LE


Happening in 2022 - shared by Shirley Way:

  • Skills for Care CEO – Oonagh Smith message to Managers

  • Commissioning the right support for autistic people – webinars
    Skills for Care, National Development Team for Inclusion and the National Autistic Society developed three resources to support health and social care commissioners improve how they commission services that support autistic people and improve the outcomes for them and their families. We’ll be running two webinars about how to use these resources on:

    • Webinar 1
      Wednesday 12 January 2022 | Time: 10.00 – 12.30
      Autism strategy, Introduction to the commissioning toolkit, understanding the population calculator, cultures and context, examples of good commissioning and panel discussions.
    • Webinar 2
      Wednesday 19 January 2022 | Time: 10.00 – 12.30
      Using the toolkit, co-production and partnerships, learning and development, influencing culture and panel discussions.

    Who should attend?
    Commissioners in health, social care and children’s services and associated roles, members of autistic led groups/local autism partnership boards.

    ⇨ Register for this event

5th November 2021
Presentation by Acacia Training to ICS Group added to downloads area.
A variety of fully funded recruitment and training solutions. 


COVID-19 webinars to support Registered Managers

Skills for Care are continuing to develop a series of webinars on a range of topics to support managers and their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are delivered live to a small number of participants and recorded for further viewing. 

Watch current webinars here:


Skills for Care Wellbeing and Registered Managers offer - see attached documents


December 2021

ASC-WDS official launch and benefits bundle

Skills for care spent the last two years making regular developments to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) to bring more features and value for users. This week they are officially launching the service and are excited to tell you about all the fantastic benefits it offers.

Around 20,000 care providers are already using the service to access funding for training, safely manage staff and training records and benchmark their workplace against similar providers.

The data collected in the service is vital and is used by the government, the Department for Health and Social Care, local authorities, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other decision makers as they plan, fund and monitor the sector.

SfC are also introducing our brand-new ASC-WDS Benefits Bundle for both new and existing users. The bundle contains special offers and discounts across products including savings on resources within our bookshop and special prices on eLearning.
To find out more about the benefits bundle, learn more about the ASC-WDS service or create an account, visit our dedicated webpage.


MAY 2021

Local College Social Care Coordinators for Qualifications and Placements

The following links can be used to access qualification learning / make contact with the named curriculum leads:


            Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group


           Tamworth, Cannock & Lichfield and South Staffs College


           Burton & South Derbyshire College

           Anna Evangelou Curriculum Team Leader Health, Care |                                               email: | Tel: 01283 494596


            Acorn Training

   | email:  | Tel:                    01782 827827 | email:

            Acacia Training

    Hannah Breeze | email:                                             | Tel: 01782 646346



The Skills for Care Midlands team was delighted to host  a new virtual event for registered managers using Zoom on Monday 14 September:

Here are the presentation slides from this event, excellent informative event

Here is the recording of the event


JUNE 2020

During the COVID 19 crisis there will be no physical Registered Managers Meetings. However Skills for Care have arranged a series of virtual meetings so you can still access support and ask questions to the network.  To join the meeting just click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” when its due to start and follow the instructions If you have any queries then please either contact CMDT or Shirley Way at Skills for Care. 

Dates of further meetings are :

  • Topic: Midlands RM network - Stafford, Time: Jul 21, 2020 03:00 PM London

Presentations are available for downloading from this page:

  • Topic: Midlands RM network - Stafford, Time: Aug 18, 2020 03:00 PM London

    Presentations are available for downloading from this page:
  • Topic: Midlands RM network - Stafford, Time: Sep 22, 2020 03:00 PM London 

Slidedecks from these virtual meetings can be viewed / downloaded on right:


MAY 2020

Our partners at Skills for Care have opened an Advice Line, Closed Facebook Group and Whats App Group. and email inbox to provide you with support and answers to your questions. Availability is 9.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday. Click here to see how you can receive help and read our FAQs here. 

Advice line: 0113 241 1260 /

January 2020 Newletter from SfC

This quarter we’re sharing information and good practice drawn from a number of networks across England. The newsletter includes:  

  • an introduction to the benefits of having a co-chair for your network from Martyn Davies, co-chair of the Trafford Registered Manager Network
  • a brief update on when the application window for funding to run your network in 2020-2021 will open
  • top tips from networks across England on how to grow and maintain attendance at your network.

If you have any questions about anything in the newsletter please let me know or email If you’d like to feature in the newsletter or have any comments on how we can improve it for you, please email


Workforce Development Funding link to ASC-WDS, to website where new registration information is available and also includes more detail in terms of future development etc. 

Skills for Care: Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England report 2019

New: ‘Guide to developing your staff
Skills for Care have identified four simple steps to create a learning plan for your service including templates to use in the planning process, different ways you can develop your staff and how to evaluate the learning. Regular learning and development will help ensure workers can remain up-to-date with best practice to provide the best care and support.

Improving your service ensures that you deliver the high quality, person-centred care and support that people expect and deserve, and meet the CQC’s fundamental standards.

At the beginning of 2018, 21% of regulated adult social care services in England were delivering care that didn’t meet the CQC's fundamental standards - this puts the people you support, your staff and your organisation at risk. It’s vital that you address any areas for improvement immediately.

Skills For Care ‘Guide to improvement’ explains how to identify, plan and implement improvement across your service. It draws on ‘good’ and outstanding’ practice to help your service to, not only meet CQC expectations, but exceed them.

It includes checklists and examples to help you to identify what your service needs to improve, and to develop an action plan to implement the required changes.

This guide is for anyone involved in driving improvement in CQC regulated adult social care services including directors, board members, registered managers, nominated individuals, quality assurance leads, champions and learning and development leads.

If you want to improve your service, we recommend you read the full guide. If you want to strengthen a particular part of your service, look at the contents page to find the relevant section.

Displaying CQC Rating

Following engagement with trade associations and stakeholders from all sectors we recently made a minor amendment to our guidance. The amendment makes clear that if we assess that your rating is not displayed as required, we will follow our Enforcement Policy to decide our response. Our response and use of enforcement powers will be proportionate to the circumstances of each case.

The regulation also sets out what must be included in the displayed information and CQC has developed posters and digital products to help providers do this easily. We will continue to work with partners to improve our guidance and ensure that providers meet the regulation.


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