Lead Practitioner in Adult Care – Level 4 Mental Health
Who is the programme for?
Individuals that are either searching to develop their skills once they have completed their Level 3 diploma or have taken on new responsibility in their organisation for project development. This would suit someone working in any adult social care service where mental health needs are prevalent. It would suit a service that is looking to train up a mental health champion, or a service that is looking to make specific service improvement to improve mental health outcomes for employees and/or clients.
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.
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.
- Dementia Pathway
Which virtual classrooms are included?
- Professional development in adult social care
- Lead Communication in Adult Social Care
- Develop, maintain and use records and report
- Governance in adult care
- Facilitate person centred assessment to support wellbeing
- Lead health and safety in adult care settings
- Support the use of Assistive Technology
- Understand safeguarding and protection in adult care settings
- Lead inclusive practice in adult care settings
- Working in partnership with others
- Understand personalisation in care and support services
- The connection between mental health and physical health
- Mental illness and trauma
- Working with psychosis
- Resilience, stress and vulnerability
- Recovery in mental health