Leaders in Adult Care guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

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What should I know at the end of the apprenticeship?

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of services
  • Systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures including health and safety and risk management
  • Principles of risk management, assessment and outcome based practice
  • Principles and underpinning theories of change management including approaches, tools and techniques that support the change process
  • Legislative and regulatory frameworks which inform quality standards
  • Theories and models that underpin performance and appraisal including disciplinary procedures

Dignity and human rights

  • Legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in services they lead


  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information
  • Range of tools and strategies to enhance communication including technology


  • Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements
  • The elements needed to create a culture that supports whistleblowing in the organisation

Health and wellbeing

  • Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing

Professional development

  • Principles of professional development
  • Goals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to access available opportunities
  • Elements needed to create a culture that values learning, professional development, reflective practice and evidence based practice
  • Systems and processes necessary to ensure professional development opportunities are identified, planned, sourced, evaluated and recorded for workers


  • Theories of management and leadership and their application to adult care
  • Features of effective team performance

What should I be able to do by completing the apprenticeship?

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Develop and apply systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures
  • Implement strategies to support others to manage the risks presented when balancing individual rights and professional duty of care
  • Develop and apply systems and processes that monitor and sustain quality of the service, including assessments, care plans and service delivery
  • Lead and support others to work in a person centred way and to ensure active participation which enhances the well-being and quality of life of individuals
  • Encourage and enable both staff and people who access care and support to be involved in the co-production of how the service operates
  • Manage all resources in delivering complex care and support efficiently and effectively


Dignity and human rights

  • Develop and lead implementation of organisational practices to create and sustain a culture that actively champions dignity and respects diversity, inclusion and fairness in the workplace
  • Develop and lead a culture that values courage in working in ways that may challenge workers’ own cultural and belief systems


  • Develop and implement organisational processes to ensure that records and reports are written clearly and concisely and to keep information safe and preserve confidentiality
  • Translate policy and guidance into understandable information for a range of audiences including people who access care and support, carers and families and other colleagues


  • Implement systems to train and support work colleagues to enable them to recognise and respond to potential signs of abuse and or unsafe practices, following organisational policies and procedures
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of organisational policies, systems and processes for safeguarding

Health and wellbeing

  • Lead the implementation of policies, procedures and practices to manage health, safety and risk to individuals and others in health and social care to ensure compliance with legislation, standards and guidance
  • Implement health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices to create a culture that values health and well-being in the organisation
  • Monitor, evaluate and improve health, safety and risk management policies and practices in the service

Professional development

  • Apply evaluated research and evidence-based practice in own setting
  • Take initiative to research and disseminate current drivers in the adult care landscape
  • Embed systems to improve performance of self and/or work colleagues through supervision, reflective practice and learning and development opportunities


  • Show a well-developed sense of their own behaviour and impact on others modelling a values-based culture
  • Create a supportive culture that values initiative and innovation and recognises the variety of skills of all within the service, both workers and individuals supported

Adopt a team approach, recognising contributions of team members and able to lead a team where required.


The apprenticeship consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Observation of Leadership
  • Professional discussion
  • 20% of the training must be off the job training – classification of these elements is available on request.

Entry requirements

  • Prior experience within the Adult Care industry within a management/leadership or supervisory role
  • A minimum of Maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent or the ability to achieve a level 2 functional skill based on the ability to achieve the assessment.
  • You must achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end point assessment.
  • Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis
  • Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result

Work experience

This apprenticeship will be work based therefore work experience will be based on the employment contract you agree to.

Career and progression

On completion of the Level to this can lead to Level 6 Social Worker Degree.

A Leader in Adult Care could take responsibility for managing community or residential based services.

Almost all learners go on to higher-level courses in education or move into sustained employment. Learners for whom the provider receives high-needs funding go onto higher-level study programmes or places at university. Most apprentices are employed following the completion of their apprenticeship and go on to study for higher-level qualifications.

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