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Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard


A 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. 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 have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery.

Lead practitioners 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 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.


Lead Practitioner in Adult Care


Level 4

Typical duration

18 months



Maximum Funding Value


Delivery model

Delivery is flexible to suit the individual apprentice and their employer. The apprentice will have a minimum of one tutorial per month either in person in the workplace or remotely via an online meeting. Group sessions may be available on some programmes.

Entry requirements

  • Apprentices require a Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills must be achieved prior to end point assessment (this content will be blended into the apprentice's study programme if it is required). For those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 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.
  • Apprentices must be employed in order to study for this qualification. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.
  • The apprentice must be at least 16 years of age.

Knowledge outcomes

  • Tasks and responsibilities: 
    • Understand statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and codes of practice in relation to the safe delivery of services.
    • Be aware of theories underpinning own practice and competence relevant to the job role.
    • Know the principles of risk management and assessment and outcome-based practice.
  • Dignity and human rights:
    • Know how to contribute to, promote and maintain a culture which ensures dignity is at the centre of practice.
  • Communication: 
    • Effectively communicate and find solutions to overcoming barriers.
    • Know the legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information.
    • Be aware of technologies to enhance communication.
  • Safeguarding: 
    • Understand legislation and national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements.
  • Health and wellbeing:
    • Understand models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing.
    • Know a range of holistic solutions to promote and maintain health and wellbeing using person-centred approaches.
    • Understand the importance of effective partnerships, inter-agency, joint and integrated working.
  • Professional development:
    • Have goals and aspirations that support own professional development.
    • Know how to access available opportunities.

Skills Outcomes

  • 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 the 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 and contribute to the quality assurance of the service provided.
  • Treating people with respect and dignity: 
    • Implement a culture that actively promotes dignity, diversity and inclusion.
    • Model high levels of empathy, understanding and compassion.
  • Communication: 
    • Model effective communication skills and 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.
  • Champion health and wellbeing: 
    • Apply person-centred approaches to promote health and wellbeing.
    • Collaborate with external partners to achieve the best outcomes in health and wellbeing.
  • Professionalism: 
    • Evaluate own practice, leadership, mentoring and supervision skills and access identified development opportunities.
    • Take steps to enhance performance.
    • Value individuals and develop effective teams to achieve the 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.

Behaviour outcomes

  • Care:
    • Caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives.
  • Compassion:
    • Deliver care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect.
  • Courage:
    • 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:
    • Applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support.
  • Commitment:
    • Committed to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred.

External qualifications

This apprenticeship does not feature any external qualifications.

End Point Assessment

  • Observation of practice
  • Professional discussion

For more information about this course please contact us.

Queens Court Regent Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2EG
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These course details were downloaded on 20/04/2024

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