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Lead Adult Care Worker


Leading frontline care for vulnerable adults within their own homes, day care centres, residential and nursing homes and other healthcare settings.

Job Profile

Lead Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.

As a Lead Adult Care Worker you will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers. This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours.

Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers 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.

By the end of the programme and to become an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices must have achieved the following:

  • Level 2 English and Maths - (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above).

  • Demonstrated that they have met the standards of the Care Certificate during the first part of their apprenticeship

  • An accredited Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.

  • Industry Specific Requirements: Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as a Lead Adult Care Worker in a range of areas. These include:

  • Nursing Homes

  • Domiciliary Care

  • Day Centres

  • Some Clinical Healthcare Settings



12-18 Months



Employer Contribution

5% / £150




Entry Requirements

Suitable for those currently working in a Lead Care role in an appropriate setting.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a Level 2 or above qualification in a related area.

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