Social Care Manager PRTL

Social care managers are normally registered for a three-year registration period. During that time, they must complete 90 hours of PRTL -  study, training, courses, seminars, reading, teaching or other activities which could reasonably be expected to advance their professional development, or contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.


NISCC PRTL Requirements and the Continuous Learning and Development Standards for Social Care 

  • The PRTL Requirements are about your learning and development and how you plan, record and account for this to NISCC.
  • The Continuous Learning and Development Standards are about what you need to know to do your job effectively. Your training plan should take these Standards into account.

Social care managers are required to focus their PRTL on the five core Continuous Learning and Development Standards PLUS the Standard on Leadership and Management.

PRTL requirements to maintain registration will vary according to job role.  Social care manager's role is to provide governance and accountability for the overall operational management of the care provision, quality assurance of that provision and the supervision and performance appraisal of others. Click on the headings below to find out about of the required Continuous Learning and Development Standard for a social care manager role.  The full PRTL Standards document is available to download from the resources at the bottom of the page.

The service provided by a registrant is underpinned by the quality of interaction and engagement with service users, carers and families and involves applying key values such as dignity, respect, independence, rights, choice and safety. This requires the registrant to be honest, reliable and accountable for the care they provide. The registrant must demonstrate and apply understanding of the principles of care as appropriate to his/her practice, taking account of the work context and job role. This will include adherence to NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice and the values outlined in the Quality Standards for Health and Social Care (DHSSPS 2006).

The registrant must know how person centred care if informed by appropriate levels and methods of communication, which can include written, verbal or other creative approaches. Within the context of his/her particular responsibilities, job role and work context, the registrant should communicate in a timely and effective was with users, carers, families and colleagues and be able to maintain or update relevant written records to support communication.

The registrant must have knowledge and understanding of the health and safety issues relevant to the context and job role and to undertake work with service users, carers and families without causing risk of injury or harm to themselves or others. The registrant should understand his/her particular health and safety responsibilities and where relevant, those of other disciplines, and know how to act appropriately within the boundaries of their job role. Compliance with mandatory health and safety training which assists organisations to meet DHSSPS legislative requirements and minimum standards against which they are regulated is essential. This training is detailed in the Guidance for Mandatory Training in Regulated Settings (RQIA) 2010.

There are supplementary standards for Senior Care Workers and other Managers. They are intended to support high quality service delivery, governance and performance management. They also link with priorities within the PSS Development and Training Strategy (DHSSPS) 2006 - 2016, the Quality Standards for the Health and Personal Services (DHSSPS 2006) and the miniumum care standards for regulated settings. 

The registrant must understand different forms of abuse, the signs and symptoms of abuse and have an awareness of when individuals are or might be vulnerable to abuse. Within the context of the service user group, job role and work context, the registrant should understand his/her particular responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and know how and when to act appropriately, including reporting to a senior colleague.

The registrant must have skills, knowledge and understanding specific to the needs of the service user group, job rols and work context. Depending on the level of responsibility and accountability for the service, direct skills and knowledge should reflect the individual registrant's specific role to provide a high quality personal or social care service for users, carers and families. 

Social Care Managers must undertake appropriate leadership and management skills training that addresses governance, accountability and performance management responsibilities. Social Care Managers should know how to apply knowlegde, skills and understanding appropriate to their specific management role and be aware of the contribution this has to promote and support best practice and confidence in the quality of service provided by their Organisation. 

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