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Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult care (adult course)

Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult care

18 months

Central Campus


Course summary

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care 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 the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities 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 they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

Duration of the course:

18 months (EPA + 3 months)

Course requirements

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.

Learners will develop knowledge, skills and behaviors 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 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:

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

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


Career routes:

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 and Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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