LEAD Practitioner in adult CARE

Level 4 APPRENTICESHIP

 

Funding: £7,000 via Apprenticeship Levy

or £350 +VAT via 5% Co-investment funding for small businesses

Awarding Organisation: Various

Level: 4

Size: Higher Apprenticeship

Duration: Approx. 18 months

 

DOWNLOAD LEAD PRACTITIONER IN ADULT CARE LEVEL 4 FACT SHEET HERE

 

This new apprenticeship is aimed at lead practitioners in health and social care.

 

The Lead Practitioner 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. They 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.  

 

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

 

 

Typical job titles include Dementia Lead, Re-ablement 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.

 

 

Knowledge

 

What the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care on completion must know and understand:

 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • 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
  • 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 well-being

  • 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

 

 

 

Skills

 

What the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care on completion must be able to do:

 

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 policies
  • 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 well-being

  • 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

 

 

 

Assessment

 

  • Completion of level 4 Diploma
  • Observation of Practice
  • 90 minute Professional Discussion
  • Grading (pass, distinction)

 

 

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