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Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship

Course Overview

The Skills Network's Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 4, 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 service users.

Lead practitioner training will provide the Apprentices with specialist skills and knowledge in their areas of responsibility which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare and assistive technology. They will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery.

Lead Practitioners in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Practitioners in Adult Care, this Standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants, who can work at this senior level, but may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

The Skills Network offers individualised learning to each Apprentice, and heavily involves the employer with all curriculum scoping to ensure that progress is meaningful. Alongside this, prior attainment is carefully considered from the start to ensure that time on programme is maximised.

We have the ability to individualise every Apprentice’s scheme of work to produce a bespoke delivery plan tailored around the individual’s need by incorporating content from our e-learning catalogue, providing a more enhanced Apprenticeship and experience for the Apprentice.

The Skills Network's strong IAG ensures that each Apprentice understands the context of their learning, the assessment methodology, and that their future career progression is carefully mapped into their journey.

In addition, the curriculum scoping exercise provides an opportunity to review prior learning and completed qualifications, with the aim of personalising Apprenticeships to support and enhance your business, and therefore your Apprentices’ progress and progression.


This Apprenticeship is designed as a stepping stone into managing teams, projects or departments. The Apprentice is responsible for achieving clearly defined outcomes that are part of the organisation’s strategy and are keen to nurture their existing talents, with a natural flair for leadership. It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their Apprenticeship training. Those Apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in English and Maths will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their Apprenticeship. However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their End Point Assessment (EPA).

Key Information

Course Length
16 to 24 Months

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method
Workplace (direct delivery)

For Individuals


  • Apprentices will gain a nationally recognised and accredited qualification
  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a nationally recognised training provider
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Bespoke support to ensure Apprentices access high quality ‘off the job’ learning
  • See rapid improvements in employees' performance, productivity and behaviours that will benefit your organisation
  • Employees have access to unlimited support from a qualified trainer and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) throughout their apprenticeship

Cost and Funding Information

Study this course

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship, all staff will develop a range of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which will add significant value to each Apprentices overall learning, progress and development. Examples include:


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

  • Principles of assessment and outcome-based practice

  • Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and well-being

  • Skills:

  • Apply professional judgement, standards and Codes of Practice relevant to the role

  • Lead the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments

  • Provide leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible

  • Behaviours:

  • Evaluate own practice and access identified development opportunities

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of own leadership, mentoring and supervision skills and take steps to enhance performance

  • Value individuals to develop effective teams in order to achieve best outcomes

  • For Businesses

    With our combination of market-leading learning resources, exceptional customer service and award-winning LMS solutions, we are confident we can assist with your education and training delivery needs.

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    For Apprenticeships

    Our Apprenticeship programmes focus on improving business productivity and staff retention, while creating an efficient and skilled workforce. We can supply learning materials to support with the delivery of Apprenticeship standards.

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