L4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care

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The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will inspire team members to make positive differences in someone’s life. They will be recognised as a lead practitioner sustaining and promoting a values-based approach at an operational level. The role includes mentoring and coaching others responsible for care delivery in a range of settings.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you will be managing a team of frontline workers
supporting individuals with care requirements. You will be leading a team and
inspiring them to make positive differences to individual’s lives.

You will be in a position where you can exercise autonomy and accountability
while leading and supporting others with complying with expected standards and
behaviours. This is a varied role and can be found within a number of different
care environments.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which
    underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of services

  • Theories underpinning own practice and competence relevant to the job role

  • Principles of assessment and outcome based practice

  • Principles of risk management

Dignity and human rights

  • How to contribute to, promote and maintain a culture which ensures dignity
    is at the centre of practice


  • Effective communication and solutions to overcoming barriers

  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing

  • Range of technologies to enhance communication


  • Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults
    and children including reporting requirements

Health and wellbeing

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

  • Range of holistic solutions to promote and maintain health and wellbeing
    using person centred approaches

  • Importance of effective partnerships, inter-agency, joint and integrated

Professional development

  • Goals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to
    access available opportunities


Who is this course for?

The apprenticeship is ideal for existing staff who wish to progress, retrain or upskill or those. This qualification is useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors including:

  • healthcare
  • social care
  • nursing.

Units / Modules

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care.
  • 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.
  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4 Standard.

Benefits / Skills

This qualification will help you progress within the healthcare or social care sectors.

Assessment Types

Internally and externally assessed.

End Point Assessment including an externally assessed:

  • portfolio of evidence
  • Observation of Practice
  • Professional Discussion

Final decision and grade confirmed as Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

You should be at least 18 years old

You will need to be working in the sector with the ability to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills

You will need to be working at least 30 hours per week.

Career Progression

Learners can progress into a number of lead practitioner job roles within the adult care sector, such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Worker/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer

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Course Details


Typically 18-24 months duration

Study Type

Full time

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Trips and Opportunities

The qualification is supported by employers in the Health and Social Care sector.

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