This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a lead adult care worker role in care settings. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health and social care procedures.
It is aimed at all those who wish to work, or are working, in a lead adult care worker role in health and social care settings in England.
Mandatory and optional units
This section is split into mandatory and optional units. The optional units contain health and health and social care units that link with the knowledge and skills required for the Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standards.
Learners must achieve a total of 58 credits (all pathways) for the Diploma, with 35 of these credits being at Level 3 or above.
Generic Health and Social Care Pathway
Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits: 2 – 7 credits from Group B and at least a further 23 credits from Group C
Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits: 3 – 7 credits from Group B, 3 of these credits must come from the mandatory dementia unit DEM 301 A minimum of 23 credits from Group C* – at least 4 of these credits must come from a choice of the following dementia units: DEM 304, DEM 312, DEM 313
Adults with Learning Disabilities Pathway
Learners taking this pathway will need to complete a minimum of 30 credits: 4 – 7 credits from Group B – 4 of these credits must come from the mandatory learning disability unit LD 201 A minimum of 23 credits from Group C* – at least 5 of these credits must come from a choice of the following learning disability units: LD 302, LD Op 303
DHS 1: Promote communication in care settings
DHS 2: Promote effective handling of information in care settings
DHS 3: Promote personal development in care settings
DHS 4: Promote person-centred approaches in care settings 51
DHS 5: Promote equality and inclusion in care settings
DHS 6: Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings
DCHS 7: Responsibilities of a care worker
DHS 8: Duty of care in care settings
DCHS 9: Safeguarding and protection in care settings
The course is suitable for learners or apprentices who desire to work or currently working as a lead adult care worker in different health care settings – NHS, Residential, Supported Living, Domiciliary care settings.
Learners should be at least 16 years old.
Learners must achieve a total of 58 credits for the Diploma, with 35 of these credits being at Level 3 or above.
All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence using different range of assessment methods such as Observation, Questioning, Professional Discussion, RPL, Product of Work etc.
Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits to gain this qualification.
Learners can usually complete the qualification within 12 months.
Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
Learners can progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
Learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as: • Senior Care Support Worker • Lead Personal Assistant.