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 apprenticeship standard covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at a senior level but may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.
You will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.
Knowledge and skills:
You will be assessed and supported by your assessor in the workplace, receiving theory inputs as required and preparing you for an independent End Point Assessment consisting of a test and a professional discussion.
The situational judgement test will present you with a range of real-life scenarios about which you will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard.
A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. You can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, your self-assessment and supporting evidence such as testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
After completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3, you can go on to a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 or 5.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.