CORE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOUR REQUIREMENTS
Apprentices will develop the knowledge and understanding required of a lead practitioner:
Tasks and responsibilities: Statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of service; theories underpinning own practice and competence relevant to the job role; principles of assessment and outcome based practice; principles of risk management.
Dignity and human rights: How to contribute to, promote and maintain a culture which ensures dignity is at the centre of practice.
Communication: Effective communication and solutions to overcoming barriers, Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information, Range of technologies to enhance communication.
Safeguarding: Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements.
Health and wellbeing: Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing; Range of holistic solutions to promote and maintain health and wellbeing using person centred approaches; Importance of effective partnerships, inter-agency, joint and integrated working
Professional development: Goals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to access available opportunities
Apprentices will develop the skills and competences required of a lead practitioner:
Tasks and responsibilities: Apply professional judgement, standards and codes of practice relevant to the role; develop and sustain professional relationships with others; identify and access specialist help required to carry out role; lead the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments; mentor colleagues to encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered; contribute to the implementation of processes to implement and review support plans; provide leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible; apply risk management principles; contribute to the quality assurance of the service provided.
Dignity and human rights: implement a culture that actively promotes dignity and respects diversity and inclusion; model high levels of empathy, understanding and compassion
Communication: Model effective communication skills; identify and address barriers to communication using appropriate resources; apply organisational processes to record, maintain, store and share information; provide meaningful information to support people to make informed choices
Safeguarding: Apply and support others to adhere to safeguarding procedures; work in partnership with external agencies to respond to safeguarding concerns
Health and wellbeing: Apply person centred approaches to promote health and wellbeing; collaborate with external partners to achieve best outcomes in health and wellbeing
Professional development: Evaluate own practice and access identified development opportunities; evaluate the effectiveness of own leadership, mentoring and supervision skills and take steps to enhance performance; value individuals to develop effective teams in order to achieve best outcomes; contribute to the development of an effective learning culture; lead robust, values-based recruitment and selection processes; contribute to the induction process by developing the knowledge of individuals within their role; lead and support others in professional development through personal development plans, supervision, reflective practice, research, evidence based practice and access to learning and development opportunities
Apprentices will demonstrate the behaviours expected of a lead practitioner:
Care - caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives.
Compassion - delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity, empathy and respect.
Courage - doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
Communication - good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working.
Competence - applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support.
Commitment - to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person-centred.