Details of standard

Overview of the role

Leading frontline care for vulnerable adults within their own homes, day care centres, residential and nursing homes and other healthcare settings

As a senior 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.

You will learn the skills and knowledge required in a range of topics, including:

  • The importance of communication
  • The importance of having the right values and behaviours
  • Support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • Championing health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and for work colleagues
  • How to work professionally, including their own professional development of those they support and work colleagues

This qualification is perfect if you are working in a relevant senior job role, within a variety of settings, such as a; residential home, nursing home, domiciliary care, day centre, a person’s own home or a clinical healthcare setting. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers this standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home. All employees working in the Health and Social Care sector will have to undergo basic security checks, including a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service). It is advised that an advanced apprentice will already have some experience working at a senior level and previously achieved a relevant level 2 qualification.

The delivery will be done mainly at the workplace, with the off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of your employed time. You will receive a login to an online portfolio. The assessor will regularly visit you at work to observe you performing relevant tasks and to carry out professional discussions.

You will complete a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, the care certificate, as well as an end point assessment.

Level 2 English, Maths and ICT will need to be completed prior to completion, if not already achieved at GCSE grade C / level 4 or above.

Upon completion you can progress onto an advanced or higher apprenticeship at level 3, 4 or 5. This qualification can help you to progress in a wide range of job roles, including: Lead Adult Care Worker, Personal Assistant, Senior Support and Outreach Worker.

The Sector Skills Council for Health and Social Care is


Levy Employer cost = £3,000.00

Non Levy Employer cost = £150.00



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