New Level 4 and Level 5 Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

2020 sees the launch of two new apprenticeship standards, the Level 4 Leader Practitioner in Adult Care and the Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship. Both apprenticeships will guide and inspire team members to make a difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.

The Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care 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.

Additional course requirements;

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care.
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before completion of their Apprenticeship.
  • For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

The duration of the course is 18 months plus 3 months of Gateway and EPA.

The Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship

The Leader in Adult Care will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. They may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity, as well as managing risk and leading on organisational change.  A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing a 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. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

Additional course requirements;

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before completion of their Apprenticeship.
  • For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

The duration of the course is 18 months plus 3 months of Gateway and EPA.