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Level 4

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone's life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level.  A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment.

A Higher Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

Learners will ideally be in either a senior position or in a role where they are required to carry out regular assessments. Examples of job roles:

  • Re-ablement worker
  • Social services officer,
  • Senior worker
  • Support worker,
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Telecare Assistant and Assistive Technology Coordinator/officer.

Working within services including:

  • Social services
  • Telecare/assistive technology
  • Residential services for older people and people with
  • disabilities
  • Domiciliary care services
  • Day services
  • Respite services
  • Supported living
  • Community based services
  • Drug & Alcohol services

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