15 Months (£3000)
Lead Adult Care Workers 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. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.
Typical job titles include Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Social Work Assistant, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Family Support Worker, or Personal Assistant. Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, and some clinical healthcare settings. They could also specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia, and end-of-life care.
Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers. This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours.
As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers, 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.
As part of the Lead Adult Care Worker Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:
The course will typically be completed over a 14-month period, which will include monthly knowledge delivery through either webinars or face-to-face sessions.
The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard.
The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.
At the end of the 14th month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.
As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO). Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.
The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard
At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:
As part of the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:
*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.
Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.
Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.