Confirm occupational competence and/or ‘licence to practice’
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
This qualification replaces the current qualification for the Health and Social Care SASE framework and any new adult care apprentices will require this qualification as part of the Lead Adult Care Worker standards for the new trailblazer apprenticeship. The Standard was facilitated by Skills for Care and Development and in partnership with employers, unions and professional bodies.
This qualification is a mandatory part of training programme for apprentices prior to completing end point assessment. The qualification enables the learner to achieve the core NOS identified in the Skills for Care specification for a lead adult care worker: Communication, Person development, Values and behaviours, Health and wellbeing, Responsibilities, Safeguarding.
The optional units can support end point assessment and will help learners to acquire, develop and implement their leadership abilities. In addition, the units focus in a range of specialisms, clinical skills and aspects of support. An employer will work with the apprentice to select the most appropriate grouping of units to support their role and development.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve 28 credits from the mandatory group and a minimum of 6 credits from Optional Group 04 - Leadership Skills. The remaining 24 credits may be taken from any of the optional groups. A maximum of 16 credits may be taken at Level 2 from the optional units.
Learners must complete all units within this group.
Duty of care in care settings
Promote communication in care settings
Promote effective handling of information in care settings
Promote equality and inclusion in care settings
Promote health, safety and wellbeing in care settings
Promote person-centred approaches in care settings
Promote personal development in care settings
Responsibilities of a care worker
Safeguarding and protection in care settings
Learners may achieve up to 31 credits from this group.
Assess the needs of carers and families
Contribute to Raising Awareness of Health Issues
Develop and Sustain Effective Working Relationships with Staff in Other Agencies
Enable individuals to develop strategies to manage their behaviour
Enable individuals to negotiate environments
Facilitate Person Centred Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review
Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences
Implement therapeutic group activities
Interact with and support individuals using telecommunications
Introduction to personalisation in Social Care
Maintaining the Independent Advocacy Relationship
Move and position individuals in accordance with their care plan
Prepare Environments and Resources for use During Healthcare Activities
Prepare to Support Individuals Within a Shared Lives Arrangement
Principles of Self-Directed Support
Principles of Supporting Young People with a Disability to make the Transition into Adulthood
Promote active support
Promote nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings
Promote positive behaviour
Provide Support for Individuals Within a Shared Lives Arrangement
Provide Support for Journeys
Provide support to adults who have experienced harm or abuse
Provide support to individuals to continue recommended therapies
Provide support to maintain and develop skills for every day life
Providing Independent Advocacy Support
Purpose and Principles of Independent Advocacy
Responding to the Advocacy Needs of Different Groups of People
Support Families in Maintaining Relationships in Their Wider Social Structures
Support Individuals in Their Relationships
Support Individuals to Deal With Personal Relationship Problems
Support Individuals to Live at Home
Support Individuals to Maintain Personal Hygiene
Support Individuals with Self-Directed Support
Support families who have a child with a disability
Support individuals in the use of assistive technology
Support individuals to access and manage direct payments
Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
Support individuals to access education, training or employment
Support individuals to develop and run support groups
Support individuals to manage their finances
Support individuals to prepare for and settle in to new home environments
Support individuals to stay safe from harm or abuse
Support individuals who are bereaved
Support individuals who are distressed
Support people who are providing homes to individuals
Support person-centred thinking and planning
Support positive risk taking for individuals
Support the spiritual wellbeing of individuals
Supporting infection prevention and control in social care
Understand Advance Care Planning
Understand Positive Risk Taking for Individuals with Disabilities
Understand the Effects of Ageing in Activity Provision
Understand the Factors Affecting Older People
Understanding and Enabling Assisting and Moving Individuals
Undertake agreed pressure area care
Undertake personal hygiene activities with individuals
Work in partnership with families to support individuals
Work with families, carers and individuals during times of crisis
Learners must achieve a minimum of 6 credits from Optional Group 04 - Leadership Skills.
Adapting to Change in an Adult Care Setting
Beliefs and Values
Contribute to effective team working in adult care settings
Contribute to the control of resources
Coordination of Activity Provision in Social Care
Develop Professional Relationships with Colleagues and Stakeholders within Adult Care Settings
Developing Self Awareness in Work Situations
Facilitate the development of effective group practice in health and social care settings
Implement the positive behavioural support model
Improving Own Learning and Performance
Manage induction in health and social care settings
Managing Feelings and Emotions in the Workplace
Plan, allocate and monitor work of self and own team within an adult care setting
Solving problems and making decisions
Support individuals during a period of change
Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services
Support individuals to be part of a community
Support the development of community partnerships
Understand how to manage a team
Understanding Risk within Adult Care Settings
Understanding innovation and change in an organisation
Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disability
Learners may achieve up to 31 credits from this group.
Assist individuals who have mental health problems when they are transferring between agencies and services
Assist with the Transfer of Individuals, Who Misuse Substances, Between Agencies and Services
Carry Out Comprehensive Substance Misuse Assessment
Carry Out Initial Assessments to Identify and Prioritise the Needs of Substance Misusers
Enable Rights and Choices of Individuals with Dementia Whilst Minimising Risks
End of life and dementia care
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care Practice
Help Individuals Address Their Substance use Through an Action Plan
Identify and Act Upon Immediate Risk of Danger to Substance Misusers
Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions
Increase Awareness About Drugs, Alcohol or Other Substances with Individuals and Groups
Managing symptoms in end of life care
Principles of Supporting Individuals with a Learning Disability Regarding Sexuality and Sexual Health
Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss
Provide Services to those Affected by Someone Else’s Substance Use.
Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
Supply and Exchange Injecting Equipment for Individuals
Support Individuals Through Detoxification Programmes
Support Individuals who are Substance Users
Support Parents with Disabilities
Support Young People with a Disability to make the Transition into Adulthood
Support families who are affected by Acquired Brain Injury
Support individuals during the last days of life
Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare
Support individuals with specific communication needs
Support the assessment of individuals with sensory loss
Support the promotion of awareness of sensory loss
Supporting individuals with loss and grief before death
Understand How to Provide Support When Working in End of Life Care
Understand How to Support Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Understand Models of Disability
Understand Physical Disability
Understand Sensory Loss
Understand and Enable Interaction and Communication with Individuals Who Have Dementia
Understand and Meet the Nutritional Requirements of Individuals with Dementia
Understand mental health problems
Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion
Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia Using a Person Centred Approach
Understand the Diversity of Individuals with Dementia and the Importance of Inclusion
Understand the Impact of Acquired Brain Injury on Individuals
Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia
Understand the Role of Communication and Interactions with Individuals who have Dementia
Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
Learners may achieve up to 31 credits from this group.
Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects
Causes and spread of infection
Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management
Obtain and test capillary blood samples
Obtain venous blood samples
Support Use of Medication in Social Care Settings
Test for Substance Use
The principles of infection prevention and control
Undertake physiological measurements
Undertake tissue viability risk assessments
Undertake urethral catheterisation processes
See assessment principles
Internal quality assessor requirements
See assessment principles
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The qualification forms part of the mandatory requirements of the Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard. The Standard was facilitated by Skills for Care and Development and in partnership with employers, unions and professional bodies.
The Standard sets out the requirements for the occupational area and specifies the qualification and endpoint assessment requirements.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
A Lead Adult Care Worker will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. They 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 learners 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 qualification als
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification replaces the current qualification for the Health and Social Care SASE framework and any new adult care apprentices will require this qualification as part of the Lead Adult Care Worker standards for the new trailblazer apprenticeship.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is a mandatory part of training programme for apprentices prior to completing end point assessment. The optional units can support end point assessment and will help learners to acquire, develop and implement their leadership abilities. In addition, the units focus in a range of specialisms, clinical skills and aspects of support. An employer will work with the apprentice to select the most appropriate grouping of units to support their role and development.
Which job roles does this qualification support?
The qualification enables the learner to achieve the core NOS identified in the Skills for Care specification for a lead adult care worker: Communication, Person development, Values and behaviours, Health and wellbeing, Responsibilities, Safeguarding.
What are the progression options?
After a period of experience in the workplace, the learner may progress to the Assistant Practitioner or Leader in Adult Care qualifications or standards.
What are the English and maths progression options?
Any learner who undertakes this qualification as part of an apprenticeship will have to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths before the end point assessment.
What barriers will this qualification help the leaner overcome?
The qualification forms part of the Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard and, as such, may help the learner to obtain work in the sector.
Progression & entry requirementsWhen recruiting, employers may select apprentices with prior experience as a care worker. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
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Additional funding information for qualifications included in National Skills Fund level 3 offer for adults
This qualification is included in the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) National Skills Fund level 3 offer for adults.
Qualifications included in the National Skills Fund – level 3 adult offer will be fully funded from April 2021 for any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification.
A funding uplift is provided for the level 3 adult offer based on guided learning hours which is based on the following:
- Qualifications of 360 guided learning hours or above – £600 per qualification
- Qualifications of 359 guided learning hours or below – £150 per qualification
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.
Centres offering the Gateway Qualifications Diploma in Adult Care qualification must adhere to the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles. It is recommended that Centres read these Assessment Principles in full.