Details of standard

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level.  A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare and assistive technology. They will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery. Lead Practitioners in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Practitioners in Adult Care this standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

  • Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity, empathy and respect
  • Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

Examples of job roles include Dementia Lead, Re-ablement Worker, Physiotherapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Public Health Associate Worker, Keeping in Contact Worker,

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

What the Lead Practitioner on completion must know and understand:
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 information

Communication
• Range of technologies to enhance communication
• Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements

Safeguarding
• Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing
• Range of holistic solutions to promote and maintain health and wellbeing using person centred approaches

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

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Industry-specific requirements

  • Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.

The Sector Skills Council for Health and Social Care is http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk

Cost

Levy Employer cost = £3,000.00

Non-Levy Employer cost = £150.00 +VAT

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