Manager Induction Standards

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Our Manager Induction Standards (MIS) set out what a manager needs to know and understand to perform well in their role. They are a versatile tool for:

  • new managers - those new to management and those new inpost who have previously managed other care services
  • existing managers - to use as a benchmark of their ownpractice and potential learning and development needs,especially if their role has changed over the years
  • aspiring managers - to plan an appropriate developmentprogramme, increase their understanding of the expectations of a manager role and increase their potential of securingmanagement positions in the future.

The MIS can be used in all care settings and are a measure of good practice. To help you achieve your Manager Induction Standards, we have developed a new workbook Becoming a Manager. You can find out more about this resource below.     

The review of the Manager Induction Standards reflects the ever evolving social care sector which has transformed the role of the manager and the demands placed on them. Sharon Allen, CEO, Skills for Care 

The standards

The Manager Induction Standards set out what a manager needs to know and understand to perform well in their role. They can be used in all care settings and are a measure of good practice.

Building on the old version of the Manager Induction Standards (from 2012), the standards are:  

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Governance and regulatory processes
  3. Communication
  4. Relationships and partnership working
  5. Person-centred practice for positive outcomes
  6. Professional development, supervision and performance management
  7. Resources
  8. Safeguarding, protection and risk
  9. Manage self (New standard)
  10. Decision making (New standard)
  11. Entrepreneurial skills and innovation (New standard)



We also have a print friendly version which you can download from here

Becoming a manager 

To help with this learner journey and to support the use of the Manager Induction Standards, Skills for Care has developed a new workbook called ‘Becoming a Manager’.

Becoming a Manager’ is a practical and cost effective solution to making sure managers know and understand what they need to do. It’s designed to be easy to use and fit into a manager’s busy working life.

The workbook also helps with the consistency between the Manager Induction Standards, the Level 4 certificate and Level 5 diploma. The workbook helps you to consider many of the elements of the Level 4 certificate and can also be used as underpinning knowledge towards the a Level 5 qualification.This could save any repeat learning.

Using the workbook exercises thoroughly is definitely one of the best ways of exploring this underpinning knowledge before you begin your level 5 diploma and to begin to build an evidence portfolio. 

New to managing? Where do I start? Essential reading!! Clear concise guidance on all areas to manage with helpful templates for recording to get you started! Liz Castle, Manager, Manor Gardens Nursing Home.

Buy your copy of Becoming a Manager at for £75 now from: If you are one of our registered manager members the price will be £60 (20% saving off the RRP). If you are interested in becoming a registered manager member and benefitting from further discounts from our products visit our membership page.  


Grow your own managers - using the reviewed Manager Induction Standards to develop your workforce.

Tuesday 25 July, London 

This full day seminar is for anyone who has line management responsibility for new, existing and aspiring managers.

If you are looking for a practical, cost effective and proven solution to making sure the people you manage clearly know and understand what they need to do as managers and leaders this seminar is for you.

This seminar will:

  • introduce you to the new Manager Induction Standards workbook 
  • show you how you can use it in your organisation to introduce new managers to the vital role they are taking on
  • demonstrate how to use the toolkit to develop your existing staff to take on future manager roles.

Places will be charged at £100+VAT per delegate. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please do not send payment until after you have registered online.

Book your place now.

The Manager Induction Standards have also been reviewed to be consistent with new Level 4 Certificate (available now) and new Level 5 diploma in Leadership in Care qualification for leaders and managers (available from January 2018).

In fact, the 11 standards of the Manager Induction Standards are named exactly the same as the 11 units in the new Level 4 Certificate and upcoming Level 5 diploma. 

Find out more about the new regulated qualifications framework (RQF).


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