Leader in adult care (level 5) apprenticeship

Overview

Our Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship will guide and inspire you to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.

The skills, behaviours and knowledge you develop through a Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship level 5 with Training Now will be invaluable in growing your career in care.

Course Description

We will support you to become a leader of the care team and to develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. With your qualification, you may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change.

As a Leader in Adult Care, you will have responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will meet all the requirements.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you may progress to being a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. In these roles you will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.

Why choose Training Now as your education apprenticeship provider?

We make sure that all our apprenticeships are designed to help you learn and progress towards long-term career goals.

You’ll be allocated a Teaching and Learning Coach, who is a specialist in the field. They’ll support you on a one-to-one basis, with additional online tutorial support.

Read all about our apprenticeship standards and framework.

Entry criteria

You’ll need to:

  • have the right to work in the UK.
  • be 16 years or older after the last Friday in June of the academic year.
  • not be enrolled on another apprenticeship, or another funded FE/HE programme at the same time as the apprenticeship.
  • have a contract of employment with your employer and be paid at least the apprenticeship wage in your first year.
What you will learn
KnowledgeWhat the Leader in Adult Care on completion must know and understand:
Tasks and responsibilitiesStatutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of servicesSystems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures including health and safety and risk managementPrinciples of risk management, assessment and outcome based practicePrinciples and underpinning theories of change management including approaches, tools and techniques that support the change processLegislative and regulatory frameworks which inform quality standardsTheories and models that underpin performance and appraisal including disciplinary procedures
Dignity and human rightsLegislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in services they lead
CommunicationLegal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing informationRange of tools and strategies to enhance communication including technology
SafeguardingLegislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirementsThe elements needed to create a culture that supports whistleblowing in the organisation
Health and wellbeingModels of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing
Professional developmentPrinciples of professional developmentGoals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to access available opportunitiesElements needed to create a culture that values learning, professional development, reflective practice and evidence based practiceSystems and processes necessary to ensure professional development opportunities are identified, planned, sourced, evaluated and recorded for workers
LeadershipTheories of management and leadership and their application to adult careFeatures of effective team performance
SkillsWhat the Leader in Adult Care on completion must be able to do:
Tasks and responsibilitiesDevelop and apply systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and proceduresImplement strategies to support others to manage the risks presented when balancing individual rights and professional duty of careDevelop and apply systems and processes that monitor and sustain quality of the service, including assessments, care plans and service deliveryLead and support others to work in a person centred way and to ensure active participation which enhances the well-being and quality of life of individualsEncourage and enable both staff and people who access care and support to be involved in the co-production of how the service operatesManage all resources in delivering complex care and support efficiently and effectively
Dignity and human rightsDevelop and lead implementation of organisational practices to create and sustain a culture that actively champions dignity and respects diversity, inclusion and fairness in the workplaceDevelop and lead a culture that values courage in working in ways that may challenge workers’ own cultural and belief systems
CommunicationDevelop and implement organisational processes to ensure that records and reports are written clearly and concisely and to keep information safe and preserve confidentialityTranslate policy and guidance into understandable information for a range of audiences including people who access care and support, carers and families and other colleagues
SafeguardingImplement systems to train and support work colleagues to enable them to recognise and respond to potential signs of abuse and or unsafe practices, following organisational policies and proceduresMonitor and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational policies, systems and processes for safeguarding
Health and wellbeingLead the implementation of policies, procedures and practices to manage health, safety and risk to individuals and others in health and social care to ensure compliance with legislation, standards and guidanceImplement health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices to create a culture that values health and well-being in the organisation Monitor, evaluate and improve health, safety and risk management policies and practices in the service
Professional developmentApply evaluated research and evidence-based practice in own settingTake initiative to research and disseminate current drivers in the adult care landscapeEmbed systems to improve performance of self and/or work colleagues through supervision, reflective practice and learning and development opportunities
LeadershipShow a well-developed sense of their own behaviour and impact on others modelling a values-based cultureCreate a supportive culture that values initiative and innovation and recognises the variety of skills of all within the service, both workers and individuals supportedAdopt a team approach, recognising contributions of team members and able to lead a team where required
How will you learn

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. You’ll gain valuable work experience and earn as you learn on the job.

Our e-learning platform brings the subject to life through interactive learning tools and access to complementary online resources.

As well as learning on the job, you will be allocated a Teaching and Learning Coach, who is a specialist in the field. They will support you on a one-to-one basis, with additional online tutorial support.

Qualifications

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.


Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

Progression

Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.

Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you can apply for job roles such as:

  • Registered Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Deputy Manager
  • Unit or Service Manager