Occupational profile

A Leader in Adult Care has 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.

As a Leader in Adult Care you will be responsible for ensuring the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. You will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.  You will also 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.

Entry requirements

This role is subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service process

Programme qualifications & requirements

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
  • Level 2 English and maths if not already held
  • 20% off the job training

Details of programme

It takes a minimum of 18 months to complete this apprenticeship during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities.

These typically include:

  • Induction which is specific to your workplace
  • Study days and training courses
  • Mentoring/buddy support
  • Completion of a portfolio through which you gather evidence of your progress
  • Completing 20% off the job training
  • Structured one to one reviews of your progress with your employer and/or Dynamic Training

Assessment gateway

Your employer will make the decision as to when you are ready to undertake the end point assessment

Before going forward for end point assessment you must have:

  • Achieved Level 2 English and maths if not already held
  • Achieved Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Consistently working at or above the level set within the standard
  • Achieved 20% off the job training

End point assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, you will proceed to end point assessment (EPA).  The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation chosen by your employer within a 3 month period of meeting the assessment gateway requirements

The End Point Assessment will comprise of

Observation of Leadership - Observation 60 minutes (+ 10%) plus 15 minutes for post observation question session

Professional Discussion - 60 minutes (+ 10%)

Assessment outcomes for each element are fail, pass and distinction. The independent assessor must combine the grades of both assessment methods to determine the overall EPA grade.

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