Leader In Adult Care Level 5

Health & Social Care

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Overview of Role

The Leader in Adult Care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will be a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. They may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change.

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations

For more information on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to fulfil this role, please visit https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/leader-in-adult-care/.

Entry Requirements

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


Typically 18 months.


Statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which underpin practice in relation to the safe delivery of services.

Systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures including health and safety and risk management.

Principles of risk management, assessment and outcome based practice
Principles and underpinning theories of change management including approaches, tools and techniques that support the change process.

Legislative and regulatory frameworks which inform quality standards
Theories and models that underpin performance and appraisal including disciplinary procedures.


Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.


  • Assessment method 1 – Observation of Leadership
  • Assessment method 2 – Professional discussion

Career Progression

Principles of professional development, goals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to access available opportunities.

Elements needed to create a culture that values learning, professional development, reflective practice and evidence based practice
Systems and processes necessary to ensure professional development opportunities are identified, planned, sourced, evaluated and recorded for workers.

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