To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.
Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours, developing competences and skills to provide high quality, compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and to live as independently and safely as possible. They enable people to have control and choice in their lives, which is at the heart of person-centred care.
Job roles are varied and determined by - and relevant to - the type of service being provided and the person supported. This apprenticeship standard covers both Adult Care Workers and Personal Assistants.
Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. Personal Assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual, usually within their own home.
Working with people - and feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life - is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.
You will need to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting the apprenticeship.
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 (PPE) required legally and to help you undertake your role safely.
After completion of your Intermediate Apprenticeship, you can go on to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship for Lead Adult Care Worker.
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.