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Leader in Care – Level 5 Dementia Pathway

Who is the programme for?

This programme suits both individuals who want to develop and grow their business and/or individuals who are aspiring managers who have a specific interest in dementia care. This programme is designed for people who are passionate about driving meaningful inclusive practice, and for those who aim to achieve an ‘outstanding’ service. This programme will enable staff to cultivate compassionate services, supporting teams to be responsive and connected to their communities.

This programme is suitable for care and support staff working with individuals of all ages, including younger people with dementia and those with a learning disability.


How long will the programme take and what is involved?

This programme is delivered over 18 months. It incorporates the Apprenticeship Standard Leader in Adult Care but is extended to include a robust development programme for best practice in dementia care.

Apprentices are required to complete 20% off the job. Commitment is important, as the programme will be tightly structured. The following activities can be expected as part of the individual learning process:

  • Attending virtual classrooms
  • Contributing to forums
  • Completing assignments
  • Guided Reading
  • Reflective diaries
  • Shadowing other members of the team
  • Participating in audits
  • Meetings
  • Feedback/learning sessions with some of the people the learner supports

Apprentices will meet with their assessors once a month to review progress and access support and guidance. Apprentices will also have access to communities of practice and will be required to contribute and learn from these communities as part of the assessment process. They will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from peers undertaking similar pathways. Apprentices will be required to actively participate in the virtual classrooms.

End point assessment (EPA):

There will be an external assessment at the end of the programme, once the apprentice has achieved the ‘gateway’ requirements. This includes achieving the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
End-point assessment methods, timescales and location

The end-point assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  1. Observation of leadership
  2. Professional discussion

The end-point assessment must be completed over a maximum period of three months after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements.

What the apprentice will achieve:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
  • Level 2 English and Maths (If not completed prior to starting the programme). For those with an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, the apprentice’s English and Maths requirement is Entry Level 3 at a minimum. For those whose primary language is British Sign Language (BSL), the qualification BSL is an alternative and viable qualification.
  • Dementia Pathway

Which virtual classrooms are included?

The apprentice will also have access to the following virtual classrooms:

  • Self-Awareness for Leadership in Adult Care
  • Communication and Information Management
  • Leadership in Dementia Care
  • Outcome Based Person Centred Practice
  • Resource Management in Adult Social Care
  • Governance and Regulatory Processes
  • Leading and Managing a Team
  • Strategic Approaches to Safeguarding
  • Positive Risk Taking
  • Leading an Inclusive Service
  • Preparing for and Managing Inspections
  • Managing Continuous Improvements
  • Maximising the Use of Technology in Care
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Risk Reduction in Dementia Care
  • Sexuality and Intimacy in Dementia Care
  • Developing Capable Environments
  • Multimorbidity and Dementia
  • End of Life in Dementia Care

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