Care leadership & management

Job roles: Adults' residential manager, Adults' manager, Adults' advanced practitioner

HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP

The Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management has two pathways: General Adult Social Care and Specialist Adult Social Care. It is ideal for taking the next step in a career in adult social care and is designed for anyone aspiring to a more senior role, perhaps as a manager or specialist practitioner.

Adult social care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives. It’s about supporting individuals to maintain their independence and dignity, and to make sure they have choice and control. A Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management will give you a range of transferrable skills to enable you to identify ways to innovate and provide high-quality care. The framework can be tailored to fit to your specific job role and the needs of your organisation.

As an apprentice you could be managing day-to-day provision in a residential service, you might manage day care provision or you may have a specific specialism in an area such as dementia or assistive technology. This is a great opportunity to build on and develop your skills and knowledge at a high level.

Alternatively, you could be working in an area of specialist care knowledge or in enterprise skills. If you go down this route, you could gain 120 HE credits. Higher apprentices taking the Specialist Adult Social Care pathway will gain a Level 5 qualification. Awarding universities undertake to recognise 80 credits of prior learning in the Level 5 Diploma and will offer a further 40 credits of knowledge units. You can therefore use the credits gained on your Higher Apprenticeship to progress onto degree-level and graduate-level university qualifications.

Completion of a Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management will stand you in good stead to progress your career in adult social care.

JOB ROLES

General pathway

  • Adults’ residential manager – management of day-to-day provision in a residential service which could be as an assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as registered manager of the service.
  • Adults’ management – Management of day-to-day provision in a service that is not residential (e.g. domiciliary care, day service). This could be as assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as registered manager of the service.
  • Adults’ advanced practitioner – Roles within adult social care services that need a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism. Not involved in direct management of staff but has some responsibility for assessment of individuals’ needs and ensures positive outcomes. Specialisms could include dementia, diabetes, infection prevention and control, physical disability, acquired brain injury, sensory loss, learning disability, substance misuse, reablement

Specialist pathway

  • Manager of specialist adult social care services – Manager of specialist services with a specialist knowledge of particular adult social care provision and requirements, e.g. responsibility for strategic planning of dementia care across a service
  • Business development manager in adult social care – Enterprise/business development role which could involve managing a business on behalf of others, starting and growing a new business, developing an existing business and/or supporting an employer to achieve any of these objectives

Issuing Authority: Skills for Care and Development – www.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk

Qualification: Level 5 (Higher)

Salary: From £16,000 to £30,000

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