On August 1st the new NVQ Level 4 in Leadership and Management for Care Services will be implemented. This will replace the Registered Managers Award (RMA) that practice managers currently have to undertake.
Practise managers, who work within the residential child care sector will, as before, have to hold both a level 4 qualification related to working with children and a Level 4 Qualification in Management. The NVQ Leadership does not replace the need for both these qualifications.
The implementation of this qualification across the UK does vary, with practise managers in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland being affected slightly different by this new NVQ. For more details Skills for Care and Development has released a Qualification Requirements document which outlines the requirements to practice
In addition, candidates in England can refer to the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) for the latest information.