When you begin a career in care you will either have, or be working towards, a Level 2 Adult Care Worker qualification. On completion of this programme, you will be able to help adults with their care and support needs, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care.
The lead adult care role includes the additional responsibilities of providing leadership, guidance and direction at the point of delivery of care and support. The lead adult care worker may have delegated responsibility for supervision, direction of others and associated levels of autonomy and accountability.
A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the service user. 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.
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.