leader In Adult Care

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.

Who is this Standard for?

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. Typical job titles include registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

Programme structure:

This is a level 5 apprenticeship standard that has a minimum duration of 18 months. Apprentices will be supported by a tutor to achieve the Leader in Adult Care standards, as well as Level 2 Maths and English qualifications.


  • 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.

Industry-specific requirements:

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result

End Point Assessment methods:

  • Observation of Leadership
  • Professional Discussion

Further information on the standard including the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required can be found here

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