Chelmsford College

Apprenticeship | Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3

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As a Lead Adult Care Worker you will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers. This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours. Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers 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.

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Study Overview

Knowledge and Skills: A Lead Adult Care Worker must know and understand their job roles and other worker roles relevant to the context of the service in which they are working. The apprentice should also ensure that dignity is at the centre of all work with individuals and their support circles as well as remembering the importance of communication and how to communicate both verbally and non-verbally to maximise the quality of interaction. They should also know how to support individuals to remain safe from harm and know how to champion health and wellbeing.

Expectations: Those in Adult Care will be expected to:

  • Support individuals they are working with according to their personal care/support plan

  • Take the initiative when working outside normal duties and responsibilities

  • Demonstrate dignity in their working role with individuals

  • Demonstrate and promote to other workers excellent communication skills including confirmation of understanding to individuals, their families, carers and professionals

  • Support others to recognise and respond to potential signs of abuse according to agreed ways of working

  • Champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support

  • Take the initiative to identify and form professional relationships with other people and organisations

  • Evaluate and improve own skills and knowledge through reflective practice, supervision, feedback and learning opportunities

Progression and Employment Opportunities

You can progress on to Level 4/5 qualification in this sector.

Course Details

Attendance: AP

Duration: 12-24 months


Training will take place predominantly within your workplace, there may be occasions where you will be expected to attend college for training and events.

Level: Advanced (Level Three)

Entry Requirements:

Individuals will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting. Apprentices will need to have grade 9-4 at GCSE in English and maths, or the equivalent grade.

Method of Assessment

The end point assessment will include two distinct components. Firstly, the apprentice will have to complete a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice of 60 questions where the knowledge elements as well as their skills will be assessed. They will undertake the main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role as well as communicate clear and responsibly. They will then take part in a professional discussion that lasts 45 minutes that will assess their knowledge and behaviours using a wide range of evidence sources including the self-assessment and testimonies. Each is worth 50%.

Fees payable annually unless stated

Course Fees

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