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Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard

What you need to know about the Highfield Level 4 End-Point Assessment for Lead Practitioner in Adult Care 

Who is this Standard for?

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level.  A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare and assistive technology. They will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery. Lead Practitioners in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Practitioners in Adult Care 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.

Programme structure

This is a level 4 apprenticeship standard that has a typical duration of 18 months.  Apprentices will be in an adult care role and supported by a tutor to achieve the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care standards the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF), as well as Level 2 maths and English qualifications.

Assessment Plan

Apprentices who started their apprenticeship on or after 31/03/2020 will be assessed against ST0007/AP01.

End-Point Assessment methods

  • Observation of practice
  • Professional discussion

You can find resources to prepare for and support end-point assessment for this standard here


Qualification - We have developed the Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) which is a mandatory gateway requirement for this qualification.

Apprenti-kit - The effective delivery of this standard can be supported by the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenti-kit.