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Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (Adult Course)

Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult care


Central Campus


Course summary

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences in 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 the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area 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. This standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

Duration of the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care course:

18 months (EPA + 3 months)

Course requirements

To apply for this Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Course you will have completed a relevant Level 3 qualification/apprenticeship in a healthcare-related subject and be working in a suitable healthcare environment.

Learners will have GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent.

You will have an initial assessment prior to enrolling and prior work experience assessed.

As part of this Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care course learners will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following:

  • Leadership and management in the care sector
  • Team leading in adult care
  • Governance
  • Communication and information management
  • Equality and diversity
  • Professional development
  • Continuous improvement
  • Safeguarding and protection in adult care

This course will be delivered as a day release programme. You will be expected to attend one session per month – this will either be via Teams or face-to-face delivery at Sandwell College – Main Campus, and the day release element of the course will count toward the mandatory 20% off the job.

There is a variety of assessment methods you will be expected to complete for the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care course:

  • Observations of practice
  • Reflective accounts
  • Per-peer feedback
  • Written assignments/tasks
  • Evidence gathering
  • Presentations
  • Report writing
  • Portfolio of evidence

Individuals achieving this Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care qualification can choose to progress onto specialist qualifications in adult care or healthcare, such as the Level 5 Leader in Adult Care.


Career routes

There are a range of career routes available with this qualification. Examples of job roles include:

  • Dementia Lead
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Public Health Associate Worker
  • Keeping in Contact Worker
  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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