Lead Practitioner In Adult Care

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they’re faced
with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.
They’ll 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’ll 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.

 Activities Covered Include... 

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

  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information

  • Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements

  • Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing

  • Importance of effective partnerships, inter-agency, joint and integrated working

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

  • Lead and support others in professional development through personal development plans, supervision, reflective practice, research, evidence based practice and access to learning and development opportunities

 Included Units 

As part of this qualification you will be required to undertake mandatory units across the following four themes:

  1. Health and Wellbeing

  2. Safeguarding

  3. Communication, Dignity & Human Rights,

  4. Professional development

 Learning Hours 

The approximate learning duration is 18 months, with 3 months at the end to complete the End-Point Assessment. There is an average of 6 hours per week off-the-job learning, within the minimum requirement to complete 20% off-the-job training during working hours.

 Apprenticeship Delivery

For those undertaking an apprenticeship route, the additional components will be delivered alongside the core qualification.

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

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