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This apprenticeship programme includes learning about the
primary role of a lead practitioner in adult care, who will guide and inspire
team members to make positive differences in someone’s life when they are faced
with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual
The apprentice will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours
expected of a Lead Practitioner. They
will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing
performance and quality of care delivery in the workplace. Those in the role
may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres an
individual’s home or some clinical healthcare settings.
Apprentices will be responsible for ensuring regulatory
compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with
established standards and regulations.
Some of the core competencies the apprentice will learn
include: how to contribute to, promote and maintain a culture which ensures
dignity is at the centre of practice, using a range of holistic solutions to
promote and maintain health and well-being
using person centred approaches, and the importance of effective partnerships,
inter-agency, joint and integrated working.
During the programme the apprentice
will not only acquire further knowledge, skills and behaviours expected
of a Lead Practitioner, but will also complete the Level 4
Diploma in Adult Care, which has been designed to align to the standard.
The mandatory units cover core competencies whilst the optional units allow
learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the
qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their
They will also be expected to
complete Maths and English Functional skills if they do not already have any equivalent
Throughout the apprenticeship
learners are expected to demonstrate any growth and development in their job role
in the form of 20% off the job training which may include shadowing, attendance
at training, 1-1 training sessions, meetings.
The Apprentice should be working as a Team Leader or a Deputy
Manager in an adult care setting and have a minimum of a GCSE at C grade (or equivalent)
at Maths and English or the willingness to complete this as part of the course.
· Observation of Practice.
Professional Discussion (underpinned by a portfolio of evidence)
The EPA should be completed within three months after being
meeting the gateway requirements and can be undertaken in any order and over a
maximum of two days.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, with the
transferable skills gained, the apprentice can progress
further within the profession into a wide range of care
roles across many sectors including the role of Registered Care Manager.