Leader in Adult Care Higher Apprenticeship

Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing 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 a 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.

Overview of the role

Leading the care service and managing teams of carers to look after adults with care needs.

Typical job titles include registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

 

Role Profile

Occupations: Leader in Adult Care

Role Profile (what the successful candidate should be able to do at the end of the Apprenticeship)

The Leader in Adult Care will 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. They will be a leader of the care team and 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 for managing risk and leading on organisational change.

These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Leaders in Adult Care carrying out their roles:

  • Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity, empathy and respect
  • Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

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. The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge

What the Leader 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
  • 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
Communication
  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information
  • Range of tools and strategies to enhance communication including technology
Safeguarding
  • 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
Leadership
  • Theories of management and leadership and their application to adult care
  • Features of effective team performance

 

Skills

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

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
Communication
  • 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
Safeguarding
  • 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
Leadership
  • 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
Assessment

How is the apprentice assessed?

This section sets out the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship standard. It is written for end-point assessment organisations who need to know how EPA for this apprenticeship must operate.

Full-time apprentices will typically spend 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. The EPA should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and that they can be evidenced to an EPA organisation.

As a gateway requirement, apprentices must complete the level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care prior to taking their EPA. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

The EPA must be completed over a maximum total assessment time of two days, within a three month period, after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements. EPA must be conducted by an organisation approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer, from the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.

The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

• Observation of Leadership
• Professional discussion

It is a requirement for the learner to be able to demonstrate in both end point assessment methods, that throughout the course of the Apprenticeship, they have achieved the required knowledge but have also been able to put this into practice through the evidence of the skills and behaviours. Apprentices should demonstrate this through giving authentic examples of how they have applied these skills. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.

Information for Applicants

What qualifications will I achieve?

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must be employed in a care management role and have passed GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above or achieved Level 2 functional skills in both English and Maths.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to 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.

Industry-specific requirements.

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a means of developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce and increased organisational efficiency. Recruiting apprentices helps you to ‘grow your own’ future talent, enabling individuals without the relevant qualifications to progress their career.

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that apprentices can gain experience and skills from you in conjunction with further online learning. Day-release study days may be required, and will be planned individually with you as an employer. Apprentice attendance at college may be required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams.

What about support in the workplace?

Our occupationally competent and highly experienced assessors will work closely with your staff to support your apprentice as they complete work-based tasks and assignments.

Our staff will deliver high-quality training, regular support, progress reports, workplace observations and action plans to support your apprentice from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

Our flexible and bespoke courses are designed to meet your business needs with tailored delivery methods, including:

E-Portfolio, E-Functional Skills, Regular Communication, Online Learning Resources.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Leading the care service and managing teams of carers to look after adults with care needs.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration18 - 24 Months
CampusColchester Campus
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£7,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£350

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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