Lead Practitioner In Adult Care (Level 4)


18 Months (£7000)



3 Months



25th January 2024



The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care standard helps apprentices build the skills to guide and inspire team members in making positive differences to someone’s life when faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological, or intellectual challenges. Apprentices 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.


This standard will support you in deepening your knowledge and expertise of conditions being experienced by service users. You will develop specialist skills and knowledge in your areas of responsibilities to allow you to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare, and assistive technology. Following the completion of the course, apprentices will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery.


As well as covering Lead Practitioners in Adult Care, this standard also suits Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level, but who may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home. This standard is suited for practitioners in residential or nursing homes, domicilary care, day centres, a person’s own home, or some clinical healthcare settings.


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 Workers/Officer, Telecare Assistant, and Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer.

Programme Overview

As part of the Lead Practitioner Adult Care Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:


  • Statutory frameworks, standards, guidance, and Codes of Practice which underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of services
  • Theories underpinning own practice and competence relevant to the job role
  • How to contribute to, promote and maintain a culture which ensures dignity is at the centre of practice
  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information
  • Importance of effective partnerships, inter-agency, joint and integrated working
  • 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 policies
  • Contribute to the development of an effective learning culture
  • Lead robust, values-based recruitment and selection processes

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over an 18-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 3 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 18th 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.

End Point 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 Practitioner in Adult Care Standard:


  • Observation of Practice & professional Discussion
  • Knowledge test


At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction


As part of the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Standard, you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate for Lead Practitioner in Adult Care
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)*


*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to be in suitable job role, as outlined in the course overview,


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.


Learner Journey

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Government Funding

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