Apprenticeships at L&F

Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3


Course Summary

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.

Desired Skills

  • Take the initiative and reduce environmental barriers to communication

  • Recognise, report, respond to and record unsafe practices

  • Take the initiative to identify and form professional relationships

  • Carry out research relevant to individuals’ support needs

  • Encourage individuals to participate in the way their care and support is delivered


Diploma in Adult Care Level 3

Functional Skills English and Maths (if required)

Course Duration

18 Months 


National Apprenticeship Wage of £4.30


Having successfully completed this qualification, learners will have the opportunity to progress to the following:

  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4

  • Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5

  • Leader in Adult Care Level 5

  • Full time position for the right candidate

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