More than four out of five registered managers feel more pressured at work, according to Skills for Care research.
The online survey of 860 registered managers was carried out by Research UK Partners UK Ltd.
Oliver French, Project Manager at Skills for Care, said: “This research gives us a better understanding of the registered manager role, how it‘s evolving and what support and recognition is needed to recruit and retain this group of managers.”
Four out of five managers surveyed (80%) said their role had changed since they first started, with 73% saying their role was more varied and 83% saying it was more pressured.
Almost three quarters (70%) of managers said they were offered their first registered post by an existing employer with the majority saying they had not planned to become a manager.
Over a third said they carried out duties not in their job description, with just one in five saying their role had become better recognised over time.
The respondents said their role was busy and varied with time split between day-to-day operations, working with families and relatives, working with external partners, leadership and business strategy.
Oliver added: “We expect as many as 10,000 registered managers to retire in the next 15 years. This needs to be addressed by the sector. We’re working towards ensuring that registered managers receive the praise and professional recognition they deserve through a number of initiatives, including our professional membership body, networks where managers can meet at a local level and our succession planning programmes that support aspiring and new managers.”
Find out more at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/registeredmanagers