Health & Social Care Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks

What is the Adult Care Worker Standard?

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

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 live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them 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 the service being provided and the person supported. 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, 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.

What job will I be doing?

Job titles might include: Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker – Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 16 or over and working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 1 English and Maths and have taken level 2 English and Maths tests before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must have an appropriate Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

For a full breakdown and further information on this apprenticeship standard please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships – or click on the links below to download PDF files.

Adult Care Worker Skills ScanAdult Care Worker Information Sheet

What is the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard?

Typically this apprenticeship will take 13 -18 months.

Lead Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.

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 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.

What job will I be doing?

Typical job titles include Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Relief Team Leader, Social Work Assistant, Social Services Officer, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. These could all specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 16 or over and working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 2 English and Maths before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must have an appropriate Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

For a full breakdown and further information on this apprenticeship standard please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships – or click on the links below to download PDF files.

Lead Adult Care Worker Information SheetLead Adult Care Worker Skills Scan

What is the Leader in Adult Care Standard?

Typically this apprenticeship will take 16 -18 months.

 

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations. To complete and achieve the apprenticeship the learners will have met all the requirements found in the standard.

This qualification covers a range of skills and knowledge relating to Leadership and Management of Adult Care services, such as:

Decision making, Safeguarding, Leading and Managing Services, Service improvement, Managing End of Life Care, Governance and Regulatory requirements

What job will I be doing?

The Leader in Adult Care qualification is for people who work in Adult Care in the following roles, Registered Manager, Manager, Assistant Manager and Deputy Manager.

Adult Care services include, residential services for older people and people with disabilities, domiciliary care services, day services, respite services and community based services.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship (Care Management) and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 2 English and Maths before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Social Care in order to complete the programme
  • Must have an appropriate Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

For a full breakdown and further information on this apprenticeship standard please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships – or click on the links below to download PDF files.

Leader in Adult Care Information SheetLeader in Adult Care Skill Scan

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