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Health and Social Care

Lead Practitioner for Adult Care Standard

Apprenticeship


Course Overview

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 challenges.

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.

Course Content

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 work.   

They will also be expected to complete Maths and English Functional skills if they do not already have any equivalent qualifications.

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.


Entry Requirement

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.

Assessment

Throughout the programme the apprentice will be supported by a Business Trainer to submit a variety of evidence which may include:

Completion of Knowledge
Observation of practice by occupational competent Assessors, Witnesses or Expert Witnesses in the workplace
Examination of work Products
Professional Discussions
Reflective accounts
Case Studies

At the end of the apprenticeship the learner will need to complete an end point assessment to determine the outcome fail, pass or distinction and for the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care the end-point assessment (EPA) consists of two assessment methods:

 · 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.

Where does this course lead to

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.


The apprentice may also progress their training further and undertake the Level 5 Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship, or work towards other relevant qualifications related to their role in the workplace.

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Course Outline

Course Code: MP82
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: EMPLOYER PREMISES
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: TBC.
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