Lead Practitioner in Adult Care - Level 4

Programme Overview

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level. A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and assistive technology. They will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery.

About this Programme

Lead practitioners will be employed within a role, working towards, being developed or on a placement that allow for the opportunities for:

  • 100% of programme components with 20% off the job training entitlement and 80% workplace experience
  • Applying professional judgement, standards and codes of practice relevant to the role
  • Developing and sustain professional relationships with others
  • Identifying and access specialist help required to carry out role
  • Leading the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments
  • Mentoring colleagues to encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
  • Contributing to the implementation of processes to implement and review support plans
  • Applying risk management policies
  • Contributing to the quality assurance of the service provided
  • Providing leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible
  • Implementing a culture that actively promotes dignity, respect, diversity and inclusion
  • Modelling effective communication whilst identifying and addressing barriers to communication
  • Supporting, contributing and responding to safeguarding concerns, investigations internally and with external organisations
  • Apply person centred approaches to promote and support health, safety and wellbeing
  • Lead robust, values based selection, recruitment and induction processes
1. Full Cost £7,000 or 5% contribution

2. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check

3. Duration 18 – 21 months

4. Care Certificate

5. Functional Skills English at Level 2 or equivalent

  1. Two exams and speaking and listening assessments

6. Functional Skills Mathematics at Level 2 or equivalent

  1. One exam covering two components
7. Level 4 Adult Care Diploma

8. Gateway

  1. Portfolio of excellence
  2. Reflection of Practice
  3. Confirmation of Readiness

9. End Point Assessment (EPA)

  1. Observation of Practice
  2. Professional Discussion

Lead Practitioners will develop substantial knowledge and expertise of those who use their services, alongside specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities allowing practitioners to lead in these areas. Practitioners will develop an enhanced understanding and practice within statutory frameworks, standards, codes of conduct, legislation, holistic solutions, models of best practice alongside, coaching and mentoring of colleagues through assessments and performance monitoring. Ensuring high quality service delivery from colleagues who are capable and confident in their roles that will inspire and make positive differences to those who use services and services provision.

Lead Practitioners will develop wider skills that enhance confidence, resilience, capability, coping strategies and competence to ensure effective and sustained employment prospects and progression opportunities.

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

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

Lead practitioners will achieve the full requirements of the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care. Lead Practitioners must achieve 70 credits of which 37 are mandatory the remaining 33 credits to be chosen from optional units based within workplace roles and opportunities.

Option Unit title, maximum 6 knowledge type units Credit Type*
Mandatory Advanced Communication Skills in Adult Care 4 Competence
Mandatory Personal and Professional Development in Care Settings 4 Competence
Mandatory Equality and Diversity in Care Settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Understand Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings 2 Knowledge
Mandatory Person-centred Assessment and Planning to Improve Individual Outcomes 5 Competence
Mandatory Understanding Personalisation in Care and Support Services 4 Knowledge
Mandatory Health and Safety in Care Settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Professional Practice in Adult Care 3 Competence
Mandatory Develop, Maintain and Use Records and Reports 3 Competence
Mandatory Partnership Working in Care Settings 4 Competence
Mandatory Safeguard Children and Young People Who Are Present in Care Settings 2 Competence
Optional Understanding the Process and Experience of Dementia 3 Knowledge
Optional The Role of Communication and Interactions with Individuals Who Have Dementia 3 Knowledge
Optional Awareness of Diabetes 6 Knowledge
Optional Understand Parkinson’s for Care Staff 2 Knowledge
Optional Understanding Public Funding for Individual Adult Care Needs 4 Knowledge
Optional Understand Supporting Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions 3 Knowledge
Optional Understanding Sensory Loss 3 Knowledge
Optional Understanding the Impact of Acquired Brain Injury on Individuals 3 Knowledge
Optional Understanding Stroke Care Management 4 Knowledge
Optional Understand the Mental Capacity Act 2005 4 Knowledge
Optional Understand Mental wellbeing and mental health promotion 3 Knowledge
Optional Understand Mental Ill Health 3 Knowledge
Optional Understanding Professional Supervision 3 Knowledge
Optional Principles of Management and Leadership 7 Knowledge
Optional Understanding How to Manage a Team 5 Knowledge
Optional Understanding Professional Management and Leadership in Care Settings 6 Knowledge
Optional Supporting Positive Risk-Taking for Individuals 4 Competence
Optional Carry out a Research Project in a Care Setting 10 Competence
Optional Sharing Knowledge and Good Practice 4 Competence
Optional Provide Support to Maintain and Develop Skills for Everyday Life 4 Competence
Optional Support Community Partnerships in Health and Social Care 5 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals to Access and Use Services and Facilities 4 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals to Access and Manage Direct Payments 6 Competence
Optional Working with Families, Carers and Individuals During Times of Crisis 7 Competence
Optional Promoting Positive Behaviour 6 Competence
Optional Providing Information, Advice and Guidance 4 Competence
Optional Developing and Implementing Reablement Plans 4 Competence
Optional Mentoring in Adult Care 3 Competence
Optional Supporting the Use of Assistive Technology 4 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals in the Use of Assistive Technology 4 Competence
Optional Assessment, Implementation and Review of Assistive Technology in Care Settings 4 Competence
Optional Promote Rights and Values in Assistive Technology in Care Settings 2 Competence
Optional Promoting Assistive Technology in Care 4 Competence
Optional Promoting Access to Healthcare for Individuals with Learning Disabilities 7 Competence
Optional Good Practice in the Support of Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions 7 Competence
Optional Administering Medication to Individuals 5 Competence
Optional Facilitating the Development of Effective Group Practice in Care Settings 7 Competence
Optional Promoting Awareness of Sensory Loss 3 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals to Access Education, Training or Employment 4 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals with Sensory Loss with Communication 5 Competence
Optional Manage Provision to Support Users of Services with Multiple Conditions/Disabilities 4 Competence
Optional Support Individuals with Issues of Substance misuse 4 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals who are Substance Users 7 Competence
Optional Carry Out Comprehensive Substance Misuse Assessments 5 Competence
Optional Testing for Substance Use 5 Competence
Optional Support End of Life Care in Adult Care 7 Competence
Optional Supporting Individuals During Last Days of Life 4 Competence
Optional Facilitate Change in Care Settings 5 Competence
Optional Managing Finance in Own Area of Responsibility within Care Settings 5 Competence
Optional Manage Quality in Care Settings 5 Competence
Optional Prepare for and Support Quality Audits in Care 4 Competence
Optional Appraise Employee Performance 6 Competence
Optional Recruitment and Selection in Care Settings 6 Competence

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

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

All assignment submissions from Lead Practitioners will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Referral

Once Lead Practitioners have achieved all on programme components:

  1. Care Certificate
  2. English Functional Skills Level 2 or an acceptable equivalent
  3. Maths Functional Skills Level 2 or an acceptable equivalent
  4. Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

Practitioners will complete a portfolio of excellence which comprises of six pieces of evidence. This has to demonstrates how the Lead Practitioner has applied their newly developed knowledge, skills and behaviours within the workplace. This portfolio of evidence must come from real working situations illustrating how practices, services or opportunities have been improved. These examples will be used to establish the direction and discussion points for the professional discussion within End Point Assessment.

Once Lead Practitioners have achieved all on programme components:

  1. Care Certificate
  2. English Functional Skills Level 2 or an acceptable equivalent
  3. Maths Functional Skills Level 2 or an acceptable equivalent
  4. Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

Practitioners will complete a portfolio of excellence which comprises of six pieces of evidence. This has to demonstrates how the Lead Practitioner has applied their newly developed knowledge, skills and behaviours within the workplace. This portfolio of evidence must come from real working situations illustrating how practices, services or opportunities have been improved. These examples will be used to establish the direction and discussion points for the professional discussion within End Point Assessment.

End point Assessment ensures that Lead Practitioners 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, observation and a professional discussion.

Lead Practitioners must be observed demonstrating their knowledge skills, behaviour and leadership skills with external/internal stakeholders and lead the observation activity that lasts no longer than 75 minutes.

Lead Practitioners undergo an in-depth, two-way Professional Discussion that is based on the portfolio of excellence lasting no longer than 99 minutes.

Lead Practitioner will achieve an Overall grade of Pass, Distinction or Fail, calculations will be based on:

Observation of Practice Professional Discussion EPA Grade
Fail Fail Fail
Pass Fail Fail
Fail Distinction Fail
Pass Pass Pass
Pass Distinction Distinction

Apprentices are allowed one resist per each assessment.

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