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Care home manager

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Care home managers are responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of residential care homes.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a care home manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like health and social care management before applying for a place on a graduate trainee scheme.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You may be able to start on a higher apprenticeship for children, young people and families managers, or care leadership and management, then do further on-the-job training.

You could do a leader in adult care higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You can apply for training if you're working in social care, for example as a deputy manager.

It's recommended that you start the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services within 3 months of taking up your job. You'll need to complete it within 2 to 3 years.

You will choose a pathway relating to either adults or children and young people.

You'll be expected to already have a qualification in a related area like nursing, social work or health and social care.

Check the Skills for Care advice on meeting workforce regulations for more details.

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Further information

You can get more advice about working as a care home manager from Think Care Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As care home manager, you will work to strict legal requirements including health and safety to:

  • provide information, advice and support to residents, families and staff
  • promote residents' rights and duties and encourage them to join activities
  • help residents to access local services
  • monitor business performance and quality of care
  • agree contracts, budgeting and fundraising
  • develop policies and practices and keep confidentiality
  • recruit, train and supervise staff

As a children's home manager you may:

  • look after the welfare of children in your care
  • make sure that quality standards are met
  • enable access to local education, health and other services
  • promote children's rights and duties
  • take part in care planning, statutory case reviews and conferences
  • develop positive behaviour and discipline
  • respond to child protection concerns and complaints

Working environment

You could work at an adult care home or at a children's care home.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a regional manager within a large healthcare company or charity.

You could work as a freelance consultant or a care home inspector.

You could also teach in a further education college.

Find out more about teaching in further education from Teach in further education.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Carer

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Scarborough

Leader in Adult Care Apprentice

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Services

  • Start date: 01 August 2022
  • Location: Workington


  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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