Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management

What is an Apprenticeship?

The Apprenticeship at Level 5 consists of 1 qualifications,  the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care. Learners may undertake any of the 3 adult pathways. To achieve the apprenticeship learners must complete 2 additional units including a research project.

 

Setting

Suitable for care manager, registered manager, deputy manager, unit manager or service manager in residential, day care, domiciliary care, supported living etc.

Programme Delivery

All learners receive one to one induction and assessment in the workplace. Meetings are arranged with the assessor at a time convenient for the learner and the expectation is that learners meet with their assessor minimum monthly. There is a requirement for observation of practice in the qualification. The length of programme is 12 months. Individual learners must commit to developing their skills, meet with their assessor and complete work towards their qualifications.

Structure of Qualifications

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care is the occupational competence qualification developed by Skills for Care and is based on the input from employers. The qualification provides different pathways reflecting the diversity of roles and settings across the sector.

Apprentices must be employed in a job appropriate to the framework and they must be able to undertake the full range of duties confidently and competently to the standard set by the sector.

Introduction to Qualification

This new qualification has been developed by Skills for Care and the Children`s Workforce Development Council. It replaces the LMCS and HSC Level  and is the accepted qualification for registration and regulation across adult and children`s social care. The qualification combines assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills in management practice within health and social care.  The qualification is a full Diploma at level 5 on the Qualification Credit Framework.

Who is it for?

The qualification offers flexibility for practitioners and managers across all services and all service user groups to gain a recognised qualification. It also enables transfer of skills and qualifications across services and service user  groups reducing the need for dual qualifications as occurred under the previous NVQ framework.

There are 3 different pathways within the adult qualification:

  • Adult’s Residential Management
  • Adult’s  Management
  • Adult’s  Advanced Practice

Setting:

Suitable for individuals working in: residential services for older people; domiciliary care; day services; community services; senior care; managers; deputy managers.

Structure of Qualifications:

To complete the Diploma learners have to achieve 80 credits from a combination of mandatory and optional units. The number of mandatory units undertaken is defined by the pathway, between 9- 12. Learners will then have a choice of optional units to enable achievement of 90 credits. To complete the apprenticeship learners do an additional 10 credits.

Programme Delivery

All learners receive one to one induction and assessment in the workplace. Meetings are arranged with the assessor at a time convenient for the learner and the expectation is that learners meet with their assessor monthly. There is a requirement for observation of practice in the qualification. The length of programme is 12 months.

Mandatory units

There are common mandatory units within each pathway.

  • Adult’s Residential Management units 501-505, 510, 511, 513-517
  • Adult’s  Management units 501-505, 510,511, 513,514, 516-518
  • Adult’s  Advanced Practice units 501-505, 513,514, 516-518
501Use and develop systems that promote communication
502Promote professional development
503Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
504Develop health and safety and risk management policies procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
505Working in partnership 4 in health and social care or children and youngpeople’s settings
510Lead and manage a team within a health and social care or children andyoung people’s setting
511Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
513Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals
514Safeguarding and protection of individuals
515Lead and manage group living for adults
516Understand safeguarding of children and young people ( for those working in adult sector)
517Lead person centred practice
518Assess the individual in a health and social care setting

Pathways

Pathway is the term used to describe the route learners chooses from the 3 options available. Learners  follow the pathway relevant to their service/ service user group and depending on the number of credits achieved through the mandatory units choose from a range of optional unit to make up the 80 credits required for the Diploma.

For each pathway we have provided an example of the units learners would need to complete to achieve the Diploma.

Adult’s Residential Management Pathway

Learner’s achieve 52 credits from the twelve mandatory units, 28 credits must be achieved from the optional units of which a minimum of 12 credits must be achieved from units 519-529.

Mandatory501-505, 510, 511, 513-51752
519Develop procedures and practice to respond to concerns and complaints6
521Facilitate the development of effective group practice6
527Manage quality in health and social care5
528Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility6
529Manage physical resources3
531Understand how to manage a team3
Total18 units81 credits

Adult’s  Management Pathway

Learner’s achieve 53 credits from the twelve mandatory units, 27 credits must be achieved from the optional units of which a minimum of 12 credits must be achieved from units 519-529.

Mandatory501-505, 510,511, 513,514, 516-51853
519Develop procedures and practice to respond to concerns and complaints6
520Recruitment and selection3
527Manage quality in health and social care5
528Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility6
523Manage induction process3
538Manage domiciliary services6
Total18 units82 credits

Adult’s  Advanced Practice Pathway

Learner’s achieve 41 credits from the ten mandatory units, 39 credits must be achieved from the optional units.

Mandatory501-505, 513-514, 516-51841
520Recruitment and selection3
521Facilitate the development of effective group practice6
522Facilitate coaching and mentoring5
523Manage induction process3
527Manage quality in health and social care5
532Understand professional supervision practice3
534Understand physical disability3
525Manage inter professional working7
560Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities5
Total19 units81 credits

Structure of Qualification

The qualification offers flexible pathways for a range of learners. There are pathways for those working in residential care, management and advanced practice.

There are mandatory units that all learners complete and a good choice of units to enable learners to tailor the qualification to their job role.

Programme

We provide flexible access to the qualification, learners are able to register at anytime. We can provide group or individual inductions and assessments. To minimise disruption to services we carry out all induction and assessment in the candidates workplace.

  • Learners receive an induction, at which a learning needs analysis is carried out
  • Learners are seen individually once per month by their assessor for advice, planning and assessment
  • Learners can receive additional support from their assessor by telephone, fax or e-mail
  • Learners can access web based learning resource Smartscreen

Monitoring and Outcomes

Learners are expected to achieve a minimum of 2 units per month and complete within 10- 12 months. Throughout the programme progress is monitored and reviewed with candidates to ensure they complete within the agreed timescales.

Monthly reports are provided to purchasers to keep them informed of delivery and outcomes.

We are an excellent assessment centre achieving a grade A and over 96% of our learners achieve their qualification in under 12 months.

Costs

Costs are available on request for full or part qualifications. Support can be given to organisations wanting to apply for funding.

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