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Deputy Home Manager jobs: frequently asked questions
Welcome to our Deputy Home Manager jobs page, featuring all the best positions currently available throughout the UK.
Here are some handy FAQs for anyone curious about this particular job, in which we cover key topics like qualifications needed and expected salaries.
What does a Deputy Home Manager do?
A Deputy Home Manager reports to a Care Home Manager, and carries out similar duties.
You’ll be in charge of many aspects of the day-today running of the care home, from managing care home staff to ensuring the various care plans of residents are in place and carefully followed.
You’ll directly support and assist staff in carrying out these plans – carefully monitoring all relevant regulatory requirements – and you’ll take responsibility for the daily needs of all residents.
Your role does differ to that of a Care Home Manager in a few significant ways though.
Broadly, a Care Home Manager will take a slightly more strategic position, making plans that you will then execute.
So, for example, while a manager might build a recruitment and training plan, you might actually carry out the day-to-day management of staff, addressing issues like payment or shift patterns.
However, you will sometimes be expected to deputise for the Care Home Manager in their absence. In these instances, you will assume complete responsibility for staff and residents during your shift.
For this reason, being a Deputy Home Manager typically requires a similar level of experience and qualifications.
As care homes become more specialised, so does the role of a Deputy Home Manager in some instances.
This could mean you’re required to manage the administration of particular types of medication, or have very specialised knowledge.
Care homes supporting residents with dementia are a prime example of this.
Regardless of where you end up working, this is a round-the-clock job that typically requires some evening and weekend shift work.
You may even be required to sleep in on occasion, or to be on call for emergencies.
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of a Deputy Home Manager?
Your responsibilities will typically include:
• Undertaking initial assessments of potential residents
• Planning and implementing care plans
• Ensuring all residents and staff are treated with care and respect
• Organising training and helping staff to improve their skills
• Helping staff with specific issues that arise with residents
• Organising and running staff meetings
• Managing daily home expenditure and finances
• Accounting for and managing residents’ expenditure, pensions and allowances
• Working on health and safety compliance
• Monitoring and supervising care practices by staff members
• Supporting and working with other relevant organisations in your local community
• Overseeing the administration of any medications or regular medical procedures
• Communicating with residents’ families
• Organising and managing outings with residents
• Deputising for the Home Manager – taking full responsibility for the running of the home, and ensuring quality of care
Typically Deputy Home Managers work around 40 hours a week.
What qualifications and experience do you need to become a Deputy Home Manager?
Deputy Home Managers don’t necessarily need to have been a Nurse first, but in many cases it is specifically requested in the job description.
For this reason, Deputy Home Manager roles really have to be assessed on a case by case basis.
Care Home Management in general is not a strictly degree-entry profession.
A wide variety of people, with a wide variety of skills, qualifications and experiences have built long and successful careers.
However, being an RGN or a social worker will undoubtedly help your chances.
Often, Deputy Home Managers have nursing qualifications but also leadership experience, which is a good indication of the blend of skills you’ll need to succeed in the long term.
The level of experience you’ll require is normally similar to that of a Care Home Manager, so around two to three years as a minimum.
Opportunities arise within private residential settings, NHS trusts, local authorities and the charity sector.
And of course, the requirements of each can vary greatly.
It goes without saying that landing a Deputy Home Manager role is an ideal stepping stone towards becoming a Care Home Manager.
How much can Deputy Home Managers earn?
Deputy Home Manager pay is less regulated than nursing and midwifery pay within the NHS.
The average annual salary is somewhere around £30,000, and entry level pay is normally around £25,000.
Deputy Home Manager salaries don’t normally go beyond £50,000 a year because once you reach a level of seniority to command that level of pay, you’ll likely be applying for manager roles.
A major factor will be the care setting in which you work.
A position within an NHS trust will mean far more generous benefits than with a private provider.
But private providers may sometimes offer higher salaries.
The key to this career choice is building a varied set of skills and obtaining leadership experience where you can.
With the right mix it can be a very rewarding and lucrative job – whether you end up in the NHS or the private sector.
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