Adult Care Worker - Level 2

Programme Overview

The Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship programme is designed for those who have little or no experience as an Adult Care Worker. To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care.

About this Programme

Apprenticeships are jobs with accompanying skills and development that are designed by employers. These develop technical knowledge, skills and behaviours which include the capabilities for the application of English, Maths and interpersonal skills that are required for current and future aspirations within the sector. Development is acquired through a blended mix of 20% off the job training and 80% workplace skills.

The Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship programme is designed for those who have little or no experience as an Adult Care Worker. Apprentices build an awareness of the Adult Care workers roles and create a solid foundation on which to start a fulfilling and rewarding career in Adult Care. Developing sufficient knowledge of; roles and responsibilities, legislative frameworks, codes of conduct, health safety and wellbeing, safeguarding principles, whistleblowing, service delivery and application of the 6Cs, Care, Compassion, Courage, Communication, Competence and Commitment. To ensure all frontline services are provided by a capable, professional and qualified workforce that enhances and promotes the lives of those in receipt of adult care services.

Apprentices develop sufficient knowledge, skills and behaviours to prepare for a sustained and productive career in Adult Care that covers a variety of setting which can include, residential, nursing, domiciliary, day care, clinical settings working with individuals with various needs, abilities and conditions.

Adult Care Workers will be employed within a role, working towards, being developed or on a placement that allow opportunities for Apprentices to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in areas that include;

  • 100% of programme components with 20% off the job training entitlement and 80% workplace experience
  • Supporting individuals in accordance to the specified care/support plan
  • Supporting individuals to enable choice and control regarding service delivery and services
  • Supporting individuals to actively participate and understand services delivery and support services
  • Ensuring individuals know and understand how to provide informed consent to services
  • Contributing to the development of care/support plans for individuals they support
  • Supporting individuals with cognitive, physical and or sensory impairment
  • Applying dignity, respect and person-centred support encompassing empathy and compassion
  • Challenging inappropriate practices in provision, deliver and services to develop courage and capability
  • Developing clear communication strategies and skills with individuals, colleagues, families and external agencies to ensure effective and appropriate communication strategies
  • Understanding and responding to safeguarding concerns and unsafe practices
  • Championing the health of individuals and colleagues; promoting healthy eating, safe practices in moving and handling; spread of infection; fire safety and working with people with Dementia, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health whilst supporting health and wellbeing of those being supported
  • Developing and embracing personal and professional career development
  • Understanding how and when to obtain further sources of advice and guidance to ensure, safe and effective services
1. Full Cost £3,000 or 5% employer contribution

2. Duration 12 – 15 months

3. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

4. Care Certificate

5. Functional Skills English at Level 1/2 or equivalent

  1. Two exams and speaking and listening assessments

6. Functional Skills Mathematics at Level 1/2 or equivalent

  1. One exam covering two components
7. Level 2 Diploma in Care

8. Gateway

  1. Reflection of Practice
  2. Confirmation of Readiness

9. End Point Assessment (EPA)

  1. Situational Judgement Test
  2. Professional Discussion

 

Adult Care Workers will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of frontline workers within Adult Care. Developing an in-depth awareness of how the Adult Care workforce support individuals to achieve personal goals allowing them to live independently and safely, enabling and supporting individuals to retain control and choice over their lives.  Developing knowledge, skills and behaviours to make a positive difference to an individual when being faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

 

Adult Care Workers will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours to support the development of competencies to provide high quality compassionate care and support to individuals with others and internal and external stakeholders.

 

Adult Care Workers will develop knowledge skills and behaviours of safeguarding measures, protocols, best practice, legislation, regulation, codes of conduct specifically within health and safety, person-centred support, equality and inclusion, mental capacity, roles and responsibilities alongside in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours in specialist and specific conditions to those whom they are providing care and support to.

 

Adult Care Workers will develop wider skills that enhance confidence, resilience, capability, coping strategies and competence to ensure an effective and sustained career and progression opportunities within Adult Care.

Delivery will be based on a mix of blended learning for the practical elements which includes:

  • Tutor taught delivery
  • One to one tutorial
  • Virtual learning
  • eLearning
  • Distance Learning
  • Directed and self-directed study
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Support
  • Workplace experience
  • Formal Reviews
  • Supervisions
  • Reflective Practice
  • Team Meetings
  • Shadowing

Adult Care Workers will achieve the full requirements of the Level 2 Diploma in Care. Adult Care Workers must achieve 46 credits of which 24 are mandatory the remaining 22 credits to be chosen from allocated roles and responsibilities

 

Option Unit title Credit Type*
Mandatory Communication in care settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Handle information in care settings 1 Competence
Mandatory Personal development in care settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Implement person-centred approaches in care settings 5 Competence
Mandatory Equality and inclusion in care settings 2 Competence
Mandatory Health, safety and well-being in care settings 4 Competence
Mandatory Responsibilities of a care worker 2 Competence
Mandatory Duty of care 1 Knowledge
Mandatory Safeguarding and protection in care settings 3 Knowledge
Optional The principles of infection prevention and control 3 Knowledge
Optional Causes and spread of infection 2 Knowledge
Optional Cleaning, decontamination and waste management 2 Knowledge
Optional Understand mental health problems 3 Knowledge
Optional Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion 3 Knowledge
Optional Contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions 2 Competence
Optional Principles of health promotion 2 Knowledge
Optional Provide support for mobility 2 Competence
Optional Provide agreed support for foot care 3 Competence
Optional Undertake physiological measurements 3 Competence
Optional Undertake personal hygiene activities with individuals 3 Competence
Optional Obtain and test capillary blood samples 4 Competence
Optional Care for individuals with nasogastric tubes 3 Competence
Optional Assist in the administration of medication 4 Competence
Optional Obtain and test specimens from individuals 2 Competence
Optional Move and position individuals in accordance with their care plan 4 Competence
Optional Undertake agreed pressure area care 4 Competence
Optional Understand the administration of medication 3 Competence
Optional Understand the process and experience of dementia 3 Knowledge
Optional Care for the elderly 2 Competence
Optional Support independence in the tasks of daily living 5 Competence
Optional Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 3 Knowledge
Optional Work in partnership with families to support individuals 3 Competence
Optional Support individuals to live at home 4 Competence
Optional Dementia awareness 2 Knowledge
Optional Support individuals at the end of life 6 Competence
Optional Support individuals who are bereaved 4 Competence
Optional Support individuals to access and use information about services and facilities 3 Competence
Optional Support individuals to carry out their own healthcare procedures 2 Competence
Optional Support individuals to manage continence 3 Competence
Optional Support individuals who are distressed 3 Competence
Optional Support individuals to meet personal care needs 2 Competence
Optional Support individuals to eat and drink 2 Competence
Optional Provide support to manage pain and discomfort 2 Competence
Optional Provide support for sleep 2 Competence
Optional Support individuals with specific communication needs 5 Competence
Optional Support individuals undergoing healthcare activities 3 Competence
Optional Promotion of general health and well- being 2 Knowledge
Optional Understand personalisation in adult care 3 Knowledge
Optional Understand the principles of positive behaviour support 4 Knowledge
Optional Provide support for therapy sessions 2 Competence
Optional Understand how to support individuals with foot care 3 Knowledge
Optional Support person-centred thinking, planning and review 4 Competence
Optional Facilitate person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review 6 Competence
Optional Contribute to the support of positive risk-taking for individuals 3 Competence

 

Competence – comprises of knowledge, skills and behaviours developed within the workplace and observed to ensure consistent application of knowledge, skills and behaviours in practice.

Knowledge – assessed on apprentice’s ability to demonstrate apprehension and understanding

 

All assignment submissions from Adult Care Workers will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Referral

Here is where Adult Care Workers reflect on their newly found knowledge, skills and behaviours and the impact these have had on their practice and the individuals who have received care and support from them. To assist this reflection Adult Care Workers will complete and collect

1. Mock Situational Judgement Test

2. Two Service User Testimonies

3. Mock Professional Discussion

4. Reflective Pack

Here is where Adult Care Workers reflect on their newly found knowledge, skills and behaviours and the impact these have had on their practice and the individuals who have received care and support from them. To assist this reflection Adult Care Workers will complete and collect

1. Mock Situational Judgement Test

2. Two Service User Testimonies

3. Mock Professional Discussion

4. Reflective Pack

End point Assessment ensures that Adult Care Workers have not only achieved the full components of the apprenticeship but have also retained and apprehended their newly acquired Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours. End Point Assessment is completed by an independent organisation.

There are two components to be assessed:

1. Situational judgement test

Sixty questions based on potential situations that any Adult Care Worker may encounter with a choice of 4 potential responses.

2. Professional discussion.

An in-depth, two-way professional discussion between the apprentice and the independent assessor, lasting no more than 45 minutes. The discussion will be based on knowledge, skills and behaviours set from the apprenticeship standard, broadly covering:

  • Tasks and responsibilities
  • Dignity and human rights
  • Communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Professional Development

Adult Care Workers will achieve an Overall grade of Pass, Distinction or Fail, calculations based on:

Situational Judgement Test Professional Discussion EPA Grade
Fail Fail Fail
Pass Fail Fail
Merit Pass Pass
Distinction Pass Pass
Pass Merit Merit
Pass Distinction Distinction

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