Leader in Care – Level 5 Mental Health
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 mental health. 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, across a wide range of services where mental health challenges are present.
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 Mental Health services.
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
- 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.
Apprentices are required to complete two optional units which are mandatory for this pathway:
Y/616/9311 Manage quality in adult care services
D/616/9309 Manage an inter-professional team in a mental health care setting and its continuous improvement
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:
- Observation of leadership
- 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.
- Mental Health 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
- Managing Interprofessional Teams
- Managing Continuous Improvements
- Strategic Approaches to Safeguarding
- Outcome Based Person Centred Practice
- Technology and Mental Health
- Leading and Managing a Team
- Leading an Inclusive Service
- Suicide and Self-Harm
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- Preparing for and Managing Inspections
- Medication and Mental Health
- Current Issues in Mental Health
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship