A Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

This qualification brings excellent career opportunities as it is the required qualification to be a Registered Manager with the CQC. It provides learners with the opportunity to understand the role of the care service manager by taking a strategic view of the business, understand how to work effectively with teams and organisations, how to deliver progressive outcome-based care and how to drive quality.

Qualification Information Sheet

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Who should complete the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care?

To complete this qualification, you need to be working in a real work setting as a leader or manager. This course is suitable for people working in both residential and community settings and both regulated and unregulated services. You need to be able demonstrate that you have responsibilities that enable you to generate the required evidence at level 5.

It is recommended that candidates have previously completed a level 3 or 4 Diploma in Adult Care. This qualification is also suitable for people who are starting up services. See below in the ‘Why should I do my qualification with 3 Spirit UK?’ section additional support provided for start-ups.

Why should I do my qualification with 3 Spirit UK?

3 Spirit UK is an established social enterprise and Centre of Excellence with Skills for Care. We offer
over 300 courses in health and social care and offer specialisms in autism, dementia, learning disabilities, mental health, health and safety and safeguarding.

Our Care Start Up package also includes support with Registered Managers interviews and
understanding governance and regulatory processes.

How long is the qualification?

The minimum Guided Learning Hours are 562. The qualification should take between 9 – 18 months.

What is involved in the qualification and how is it assessed?

You will be required to:

  • Meet with your assessor at least once a month
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Generate evidence from your workplace
  • Be observed in practice
  • Access learning resources and upload evidence onto an online portfolio

Learners must achieve a minimum of 80 credits to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and
Management for Adult Care (RQF). Learners must achieve 60 credits from mandatory units and the
remaining credits from the optional units (See Qualification Units Below).

What is the cost of the qualification and what are the payment options?

The cost of the course is £2500 + VAT. This needs to be paid before the start of the training. Refunds will only be applicable if at least 30 days’ notice is given before the agreed course start date. You can pay over monthly/termly installments. Please do contact us to discuss payment options that would be suitable to you. You contact us via email at info@3spirituk.com or call us on 01442 368464 .

Is there funding towards the qualification?

You can claim up to £1500 from Workforce Development Funds (Skills for Care). To find out where
your local partnership is, call Skills for Care on 0113 241 1275. You must be ‘Adult Social Care
Workforce Data Set’ compliant. To find out more about this, access the Skills for Care help pages.

Qualification Core Units

1. Principles of leadership and management in adult care

2. Lead and manage a team within adult care

3. Governance and regulatory processes in adult care

4. Communication and information management in adult care

5. Partnership working in adult care

6. Outcomes based person-centered practice in adult care

7. Manage continuous improvement in adult care

8. Equality, diversity and inclusion in adult care

9. Supervision and performance management in adult care

10. Resource management in adult care

11. Safeguarding and protection in adult care

12. Risk-taking and risk management in adult care

13. Managing concerns and complaints in adult care

14. Manage self for leadership in adult care

15. Decision making in adult care

16. Entrepreneurial skills in adult care

17. Innovation and change in adult care

Have more questions or would like to learn more?

You can email us at info@3spirituk.com or call us on 01442 368464 .

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Health and Social Care Level 2 Diploma

Level 2  – 6-12 Months

This qualification is the basic care qualification that is expected from any one supporting adults within the health and social care arena. It is a level 2 and therefore is suitable for all front line staff. The course will be assessed in the work place and will require 3 – 5 front line observation of practice over the duration of the qualification .

The course will be delivered over an E learning plat form and will include face to face contact with an assessor. A range of methods will be used to collect a portfolio of evidence and this will include:

  • Workbooks
  • Work Products
  • Witness Testimon

To achieve the full Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England, learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits. To do this they must achieve:

  • 24 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
  • 22 credits from the optional units in Group B and/or Group C – a minimum of two credits and a maximum of seven credits must be achieved from Group B, a minimum of 15 credits must be achieved

from Group C. Pathways are available in Leaning Disability and Dementia Care. However this is a versatile qualification and has a range of units that can be selected to meet the diverse range of roles that support our social care sector. To find out more about how to build a qualification that suits your specific role contact one of our advisors.

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Mental Capacity Act Awareness Level 3 Award

4-8 Weeks

This qualification is a short qualification that is assessed by a workbook. The recommended guided learning for this course is 28 hours.

Aims and Objectives of the Qualification:

The LAO Level 3 Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides learners with the understanding and knowledge required to work with individuals who have mental capacity issues. The legislation was introduced in England and Wales in 2007 to provide a framework for making decisions on behalf of others. The qualification provides learners with what to do if they are involved in the care, treatment or support of people aged 16 and over, who may lack capacity to make decisions. The qualification provides the learning and knowledge required to aid decision making and provides the knowledge and understanding of the protection that is available to care workers under the act.

Entry Guidance:

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
This qualification is suitable for those who work within the health and social care sector.

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Dementia Care Level 3 Certificate

8-16 Weeks

Qualification Information

This course provides individuals the opportunity to build upon the award by adding practical based units. Evidence gained in the award can be used to meet the knowledge competencies of the certificate. Alternatively individuals can start with a Certificate qualification instead of an award if they would like to have a more substantive qualification. This course provides participants with the skills to support more complex needs.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in dementia that is currently working within a dementia setting. This means that it is suitable for people in a range of roles including people working at GP practices, individuals working at advice centres as well as hands on direct roles such as home care staff, or staff working in hospitals or residential settings.

In order to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care (QCF), you must achieve a total of 21 credits:

15 credits from 4 mandatory units and;

6 credits from a choice of 14 optional units;

How your qualification is made up:

 Core Units

DEM 301 – Understand the process and experience of Dementia

DEM 304 – Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks

DEM 313 – Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice

DEM 312 – Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia

Examples of optional Units

DEM305 – Understand the administration to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach

HSC 3066 – Positive risk taking

DEM 302 – Understand how to meet the nutritional needs of a person with dementia

How this course will be delivered

There is an option of using an online account to submit work, or using workbooks.

As this ward has competency based units it means that learners will be assessed in the work place and therefore should currently be in the correct role to meet the evidence requirements. This course is assessed by using workbooks, observation and questions to cover and gaps at the end.

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Dementia Level 3 Award

4-12 Weeks

The Dementia Award is part of a nationally recognised career pathway and can be used towards a Certificate in Dementia or a Diploma in Dementia. It provides foundation training in core skills required to work progressively with individuals who have dementia. This qualification will automatically progress to a Diploma in Health and Social Care (dementia pathway) or an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (dementia pathway) where appropriate and therefore provides excellent opportunities for career progression. Individuals will also have the opportunity to progress to other pathways in the health and social care field.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in dementia. As an award it is knowledge based and does not require direct observation in the work place. This means that it is suitable for people in a range of roles including people working at GP practices, individuals working at advice centres as well as hands on direct roles such as home care staff, or staff working in hospitals or residential settings.

Why should I choose the level 3, and not the level 2 Award?

The level 2 and 3 award are very similar in content but the level three covers more dept and includes a specific unit on the administration of medication with people who have dementia. The level 3 award also assumes that the candidate is able to define what person centred care is, as this unit is lacking from the level three award as a standalone unit, although is embedded within the qualification. For example part of the administration of medication unit focuses on how medication can be administered in a person centred way.

In addition the award is fast becoming the gold standard, recognised nationally and supported by Care Quality Commission. This qualification is essential for organisations wishing to achieve a dementia accreditation or to update skills to reflect current practices.

Key Skills Demonstrated Immediately Following Training

Faster identification of associated conditions causing symptom challenges – such as depression, problems with the environment or delirium – leading to prompt treatment and enhanced quality of life

Better use of memory prompts – recognise the dynamic nature of memory and its relationship with self identify, self esteem and communication – leading to enhanced communication and well being

Improved symptoms recordings – leading to early identification of dementia and timely treatment

Better use of care plans / support plans – better use of life stories to enhance relationship building and drive person centred approaches leading to better outcomes for the individual and consistent practice within the organisation

Better pain management – better recognition and timely treatment of pain – leading to better quality of life

Better dialogue with health professionals – able to understand the range of treatment available – ability to challenge inappropriate use of medication.

More targeted intervention – by understanding how to apply social model of care – by increasing the quality of the intervention with the person with dementia, by using limited time to good effect – a more targeted intervention which build self esteem and improves longevity

Better connection with the individuals with dementia – by using a range of communication techniques to really connect with people- by understanding how to observe behaviours – leading to less challenging behaviour

Delivery Model

This award can be delivered flexibly to suit your working practices. These include face to face delivery, workbooks, assessor meetings and E portfolio. Each candidate will have a dedicated assessor to support them through the qualification. The following open taught sessions are available to support this qualification.

Dementia Awareness – This includes the types of dementia, how symptoms present, stigma and associated consequences, differential diagnosis and the importance of early diagnosis.

Administration of Medication in Dementia Care – This includes the range of medication available to manage symptoms including anti-dementia drugs, the known side effects and how to identify and manage pain better.

Communication Skills – This includes how communication impacts on the person with dementia and considers the range of other barriers. It also includes common communication strategies used in the care of people with dementia such as ‘reality orientation and validation’.

Equality and Diversity – This includes how to understand the uniqueness of the individual and provides specific frameworks for understanding this. The course also covers the needs of different groups or people with dementia, younger people, older people and individuals who have a learning disability.

What does the qualification include?

The award consists of the following units:

DEM 301 – Understand the process and experience of dementia

DEM 305 – Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach

DEM 308 –  Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia

DEM 310 – Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion

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Dementia Level 2 Award

4-12 Weeks

This course provides an excellent grounding for people working in any setting, and in contact with dementia.

The Dementia Award is part of a nationally recognised career pathway and can be used towards a Certificate or a Diploma in Dementia. It provides foundation training in core skills required to work progressively with individuals who have dementia. This qualification will automatically progress to a Diploma in Health and Social Care (dementia pathway) or an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (dementia pathway) where appropriate. Therefore it provides excellent opportunities for career progression. Individuals will also have the opportunity to progress on to other pathways in the health and social care field.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in dementia. As an award it is knowledge based and does not require direct observation in the work place. This means that it is suitable for people in a range of roles including, people working at GP practices, individuals working at advice centres as well as direct, hands on roles such as home care staff, hospital staff or residential settings.

Why should I sign up all new staff on the Dementia Award?

When recruiting new staff employers are often hesitant to invest in their training. Most employers opt to wait and see how people perform before investing time in training. This is largely due to the transient nature of the industry; poor retention continues to be a significant problem in the health and social care sector. In addition offering a diploma or apprenticeship course straight away can be daunting for individuals and for some seem too much, too soon. The award in dementia offers a bite size qualification which aims to change attitudes, making people more interested in their work and providing them with real techniques they can use to make their role more enjoyable; thereby increasing staff retention.

Why is this good for business?

Good staff retention will enable a business to grow incrementally, continually building new skills. Additionally current practice within an organisation may be outdated; however, this award provides the opportunity to bring best practice Some of the examples below demonstrate how the award can provide employers with a real return on their investment by keeping service users at an optimum level of functioning for longer; ultimately improving bed occupancy rates. This type of training also reduces the need for ‘fire fighting’ costs when things go wrong, for example time taken to deal with complaints. Additionally it can reduce the number of safeguarding investigations which can be costly, impacting on long term brand value.

In addition the award is fast becoming the gold standard, recognised nationally and supported by Care Quality Commission. This qualification is essential for organisations wishing to achieve a dementia accreditation or to update skills to reflect current practices.

Key Skills Demonstrated Immediately Following Training

Faster identification of associated conditions causing symptom challenges – such as depression, problems with the environment or delirium – leading to prompt treatment and enhanced quality of life

Improved symptoms recordings – leading to early identification of dementia and timely treatment

Better use of care plans / support plans – better use of life stories to enhance relationship building and drive person centred approaches leading to better outcomes for the individual and consistent practice within the organisation

More targeted intervention – by understanding how to apply social model of care – by increasing the quality of the intervention with the person with dementia, by using limited time to good effect – a more targeted intervention which build self esteem and improves longevity

Better connection with the individuals with dementia – by using a range of communication techniques to really connect with people- by understanding how to observe behaviours – leading to less challenging behaviour

Delivery Model

This award can be delivered flexibly to suit your working practices. These include face to face delivery, workbooks, assessor meetings and E portfolio. Each candidate will have a dedicated assessor to meet individually with them and support them through the qualification. The following open taught sessions are available

Dementia Awareness – This includes the types of dementia, how symptoms present, stigma and associated consequences, differential diagnosis and the importance of early diagnosis.

Person Centred Care – This includes the definition of what person centred care is (both techniques and value base), it also looks at the role of the family and other professionals in providing holistic care

Communication Skills – This includes how communication impacts on the person with dementia and considers the range of other barriers. It also includes common communication strategies used in the care of people with dementia such as ‘reality orientation and validation’.

Equality and Diversity – This includes how to understand the uniqueness of the individual and provides specific frameworks for understanding Equality and Diversity. The course also covers the needs of different groups or people with dementia, younger people, older people and individuals who have a learning disability.

Our account managers will work individually with organisations to build a package that is right for your organisation as well as for the staff member. E portfolio and paper based options are available. Candidates will be required to work through the tasks set for each unit and complete the assessed part of the workbook.

The award consists of the following four units:

DEM 201 – Dementia Awareness

DEM 202 – Person centred approaches to the care and support of Individuals with dementia

DEM 205 – Understand the factors which can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia

DEM 207 – Understand Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care

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