Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 4 - City of Wolverhampton College

Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 4

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Lead practitioners 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.

A lead practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services and 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.

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 enablement, telecare 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.

Lead practitioners in adult care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person's own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

As well as covering lead practitioners in adult care this standard also covers lead personal assistants who can work at this senior level but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

Examples of job roles include dementia lead, reablement worker, physiotherapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, public health associate worker, keeping in contact worker, community care/support officer, social care assessor, care assessment officer, social services officer, brokerage worker, rehabilitation and reablement assistant, independence support assistant, reablement support worker/officer, telecare assistant and assistive technology coordinator/officer.

English and Maths at Level 2.



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.

Throughout the programme the apprentice will receive expert training from highly qualified staff. A qualified assessor will provide an induction and regular workplace assessments

Completion of the programme will enable apprentices to progress to the Leader in Adult Care Level 5 apprenticeship.


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