Leader in Adult Care

Key Information

Level 5
Typical Duration 18 Months
Delivery Model One-to-one support
Delivery Location Workplace with occasional college attendance (where necessary)
Start Date Flexible

Programme Summary

A Leader in Adult Care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will be a leader of the care team, and will develop and implement a value-based culture at a service or unit level. A Leader in Adult Care may also be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading organisational change.

What will you learn?


On completion, the apprentice will know and understand the tasks and responsibilities expected from the role including:

  • Statutory frameworks
  • Standards and guidance underpinning practice for safe service delivery
  • Systems and processes to ensure compliance including health and safety and risk management
  • Principles of risk management
  • Assessment and outcomes-based practice
  • Principles and theories of change management
  • Legislative and regulatory frameworks informing quality standards
  • Theories and models underpinning performance and appraisal
  • Legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusivity in the service led, legal and ethical frameworks and local solutions in relation to confidentiality and sharing of information
  • Tools and strategies enhancing communication
  • Legislation
  • National and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting, and the elements needed to create a culture that supports whistleblowing  
  • Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing
  • Principles of professional development and having goals and aspirations that support own development
  • Creating a culture that values learning, planning, sourcing, accessing and recording team professional development
  • Theories of management and leadership and their application to adult care settings
  • Features of effective team performance


On completion, the apprentice will be able to carry out the tasks and responsibilities of the role, including:

  • Developing and applying systems for compliance
  • Championing dignity and respect of diversity, inclusion and fairness
  • Developing and leading a culture which values courage to challenge workers’ own cultural and belief systems
  • Communicating policy and guidance so that all are able to understand, develop and implement processes to ensure written reports are clear, concise, and kept safe, preserving confidentiality
  • Implementing systems to train and support colleagues to recognise and respond to potential signs of abuse, and/or unsafe practice, following policy and procedure
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of systems, policies and processes for safeguarding
  • Leading the implementation of policies, procedures and practices to manage safety and risk for compliance with legislation and standards
  • Implementing healthy and safety and risk management policies to create a culture that values health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Monitoring, evaluating and improving health, safety and risk management policy and practice
  • Applying evaluated research and evidence-based practice
  • Researching and disseminating current drivers in the sector
  • Leading by example, understanding the impact of own behaviour
  • Creating a supportive culture, recognising the skills of team members and individuals
  • Adopting a team approach


  • Consistently show care, compassion, courage, communication, competence, and commitment

How is it delivered and assessed?

Elements of learning can be face-to-face tutorials by visit or remote digital means, directed study and research, learning in the workplace via practical demonstration, shadowing, instruction, simulation or by way of courses and reflection.

Assessment methods may include Q&A, work products, observation of practice, witness accounts, and recognition of prior learning.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths (unless previously achieved)

These must be achieved by gateway.

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment must be taken over the maximum of two days, and the apprentice must have a minimum of two and a maximum of four weeks preparation time following gateway – any preparatory documentation/presentation should be shared with the end point assessment organisation (EPAO) prior to the observation. The end point assessment will consist of:

  • An observation of leadership
  • A professional discussion

Entry requirements:

  • English and maths – level 1

Apprentices must be in suitable employment, in a managerial role but also have the opportunity to develop all required knowledge, skills and behaviours aligned to this apprenticeship standard.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.