L4 Apprenticeship Standard for Lead Practitioner in Adult Care

Aims of this qualification:

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers within the adult care sector, professional bodies, awarding organisations, higher education institutions and training providers. The apprenticeship ensures that apprentices become competent Lead Practitioner’s in Adult Care.


On completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice will be a competent Leader in Adult Care in the health sector. The apprenticeship standard provides a high-level description of the skills, knowledge, values, and behaviours required of the Leader in Adult Care.

  • Develop and apply systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures
  • Implement strategies to support others to manage the risks presented when balancing individual rights and professional duty of care
  • Develop and apply systems and processes that monitor and sustain quality of the service, including assessments, care plans and service delivery
  • Lead and support others to work in a person-centred way and to ensure active participation which enhances the well-being and quality of life of individuals
  • Encourage and enable both staff and people who access care and support to be involved in the co-production of how the service operates
  • Manage all resources in delivering complex care and support efficiently and effectively
  • Develop and lead implementation of organisational practices to create and sustain a culture that actively champions dignity and respects diversity, inclusion, and fairness in the workplace
  • Implement systems to train and support work colleagues to enable them to recognise and respond to potential signs of abuse and or unsafe practices, following organisational policies and procedures
  • Lead the implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to manage health, safety and risk to individuals and others in health and social care to ensure compliance with legislation, standards, and guidance
  • Show a well-developed sense of their own behaviour and impact on others modelling a values-based culture
  • Apply evaluated research and evidence-based practice in own setting

On programme Learning:

The programme consists of the following:

  • Leader in Adult Care Standard
  • Level 5 Diploma for Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Functional skills in Maths at Level 2
  • Functional skills in English at Level 2 (consisting of 2 tests, reading, and writing and an assessment in speaking and listening, unless a valid exemption can be provided)
  • End Point Assessment

How is it delivered:

The Apprentice will be allocated a qualified Tutor to support the full completion of the qualification and prepare for End Point Assessment. Assessment will also be conducted through a blended model of e–Learning and face to face delivery. The tutor will meet with the Apprentice on a regular basis via Zoom or Teams technology to conduct assessments which will be planned with the Apprentice and their manager. The Tutor will manage the Apprentice’s portfolio of evidence using an online electronic system called OneFile and provide regular updates about progress. The Apprentice can contact their Tutor in between visits to discuss any aspect of the qualification and will have access to their individual Apprentice’s portfolio.

End Point Assessment:

The End Point Assessment will test the entire apprenticeship standard and will be undertaken as follows

  • An observation of practice to ensure the learner has the ability to demonstrate their skills, behaviour, and leadership to external/internal stakeholders.
  • A professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

The End Point Assessment requires apprentices to demonstrate they have achieved the standard.

Assessment Gateway:

Before the apprentice is deemed as ready to undertake the End Point Assessment by their employer and learning provider, they are required to:

  • Achieve Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
  • Achieve Level 2 Maths and English Functional Skills
  • Achieve relevant occupational standard

The purpose of the End Point Assessment is to test (in a synoptic way) the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprentice as set out in the apprenticeship standard.

End Point Assessment provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship. Enables the independent assessor to assess the skills and behaviours of the apprentice by observing the apprentice in the course of their normal work. Tests the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.

How long will it take to complete?

The qualification usually takes around 18-21 months. However, it is possible to complete earlier depending on the Apprentice’s existing achievement and individual circumstance. This can be discussed with the Tutor.

Progression routes:

The apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned
to professional registration. Units can also be used for continuing professional development in the Apprentice’s chosen field.

Industry specific requirements:

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.