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Expected to earn

A team leader/supervisor will earn somewhere in the region of £23,000 to £27,000.

A Social Work Team Manager will earn between £38,000 and £48,000.

A Specialist Co-ordinator can earn between £24,000 and £30,000.

Skills and values

There are a range of skills and values that are needed for a managerial role. These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to cope under pressure
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong problem solving skills

Entry requirements

You will need to have experience in care, together with a formal qualification (Level 3 or above). A team leader/supervisor requires you to have a Level 3, e.g. a Diploma or Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care). A Registered Manager will usually require you to hold a Level 4 qualification in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Management. A Specialist Co-ordinator role may require you to have a minimum of a Level 4 qualification or a degree PLUS specialised training in your chosen field. The core qualification for social care managers is the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care. You can only do this qualification when you’re working in a management role.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

Senior Care Assistant


Opportunities to develop

If you start in the team leader role, you may be able to gain higher qualifications (for example, a Level 5 in Leadership and Management for Adult Care) through an apprenticeship or external training provider. You will gain managerial experience as you progress and may be given more senior responsibilities in the workplace.
Care managers would usually have experience of working in health or social care already but it is sometimes possible to transfer from a different sector.

What's next

You could move into commissioning or even own your own home.
You could specialise in a particular area.

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