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Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

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Course overview

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 Leade 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 Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Relief Team Leader, Social Work Assistant, Social Services Officer, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. These could all specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.

As a Lead Adult Care Worker you will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. 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. Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. 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.

 

What Does The Programme Include

You will be employed as an apprentice for at least 30 hours a week.

You will have a workplace mentor, such as a registered healthcare practitioner. You will attend college for workshop sessions as required. An assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess your progress against standards and set SMART objectives.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set their own entry requirements. However, you will typically required 5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above includng English and maths.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

An assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess your progress against standards and set SMART objectives.

Potential Future Career

On completion of this apprenticeship you can progress to management positions in health and social care or further your studies with a level 4 or 5 university qualification.

Course Content

A Lead Adult Care Worker must know and understand:

  • The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities.
  • Their job roles and other worker roles relevant to the context of the service in which they are working, this could include; supporting with social activities, monitoring health, assisting with eating, mobility and personal care.
  • Both their own and other workers professional boundaries and limits training and expertise.
  • Relevant statutory standards and codes of practice for their role.
  • What the Duty of Care’ is in practice.
  • How to create and develop a care plan based on the person’s preferences in the way they want to be supported.
  • How to monitor, plan, review a care plan, respone to changing physical, social and emotional needs of individuals.
  • How to lead and support others to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures.
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours.
  • How to ensure that dignity is at the centre of all work with individuals and their support circles.

 

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Studying in the work place means I can gain the real-life, hands on experience I need to progress in the early years sector!

Charlie Parker

 

 

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