6 January 2017
The first group of students have graduated from a pioneering pilot scheme to better equip future managers in social care.
Twenty-three students received their Step Up to Management certificates at a graduation ceremony in Cardiff.
The social care workers, who work in a variety of roles across the
public, private and third sectors, successfully completed the Step Up to
Management programme between November 2015 and September 2016. The
ground-breaking pilot programme, which was run by the University of South Wales
(USW) on behalf of the Care Council for Wales, aimed to give social care
workers the knowledge and understanding they need to transition to a managerial role.
The programme received positive feedback from the students. One student found
the course helped them better appreciate the policies and procedures for social
care workers, saying: “We already had an understanding of what needed to be in
place to support practice, but now we have a much better understanding of why
these policies and procedures – and the legislation – are in place. I find
myself now understanding why we do these things and I can explain them to my
colleagues – for example, why we need the codes of practice and why they are
The students received their certificates from the Care Council for Wales’s Chair Arwel Ellis Owen.
Patel, the Course Leader for the Step Up to Management certificate, said: “We
are extremely pleased to have been involved with the development of this pilot
award which has brought challenges and immense rewards for the students and the
Sue Evans, the Care Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to
all the social care workers on completing the programme – it’s an incredible
achievement. We know from an independent evaluation of the programme that it
has had a real positive impact on the practice, confidence and motivation of
these practitioners, supporting them to become the managers and leaders that
social care needs.
“We will be using what we have learnt from this pilot to roll out a national Step Up to Management programme in 2017 and to inform a new set of health and social care qualifications. I would like to thank the University of South Wales, in particular the course leader Madhulata Patel and the members of the regional partnership group who oversaw this pilot and helped ensure its success.”
Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair of the Care Council, said: “Social care managers
are so important in making sure people receive high quality care and support.
But the role is a complex and demanding one, and it’s crucial they have the
knowledge, skills, understanding and attributes needed to lead and manage their
“The students came from a range of backgrounds, but they all have a
passion to make a difference and become great managers. The programme was very
challenging, but the students managed it while also juggling the demands of
work and family life, and a number have already moved on to team leader or
deputy manager roles. They should be very proud of their achievements.”
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