National Advance College

Leader in Adult Care L5



A Leader in Adult Care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will be a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. They may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change


A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations


The duration of this apprenticeship is

typically 18 months. We deliver this

programme to suit the individual employer’s needs including:

Face to face delivery at your workplace or at a locally agreed place

Off-the-job training lessons delivered virtually

Classroom workshops at the employers’ site

An allocated trainer who will support you throughout the learner journey

1-2-1 specialist support as and when required


Typical job titles include:

Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services


Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 3or 4 apprenticeship, or other relevant qualifications or relevant experience. Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting. The individual must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate. The Care Quality Commission expects that providers that employ healthcare assistants and social care support workers follow these standards to make sure new staff are supported, skilled, and assessed as competent to carry out their roles.