The Leadership for Health and Social Care consists of both practical work experience and guiding teaching by an Assessor, who would come to observe your activities in your workplace. You would normally be required to give 30-35 hours a week to your training depending on your employer.
For you to achieve the diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, you will need to demonstrate both your practical administrative skills and functional/technical skills. Your Administrative skills will be assessed by your Assessor through workplace observation.
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in adult health and social care provision or in children and young people’s services.
It has five pathways – three for adults and two for children and young people:
• Advanced Practice
This qualification has been built to meet the apprenticeship framework requirements of a 90 credit qualification and must be taken by learners who are taking their qualification as part of the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.
What does the qualification cover?
The six pathways cover a wide range of topics including:
• Safeguarding and protection
• Developing and carrying out policy
• Managing care services, change programmes and recruitment
• Promoting and developing best practice
• Supporting development and partnership working
• Care management
• Quality systems and improvement
Who is it suitable for?
The Advanced Practice pathway is geared towards senior practitioners who would like to develop their career but wish to remain active practitioners in the management framework.
What are the entry requirements?
Learners should be at least 19 years old. It is also recommended that they will hold a Level 3 qualification or above in a related area.
Do you need to be working to take the qualification?
Learners will need to be working in the role of Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles to be able to study for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (90 credits).
How long does it take to complete?
It can usually be completed within a year.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
A degree in a related discipline.
Which type of job roles can learners apply for on completion?
On completion learners can progress to a wide range of job roles depending on the pathway taken. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives a taster of the opportunities available in either adult or children and young people’s settings:
• Deputy Manager
• Assistant Manager
• Care Broker
• Case Manager
• Senior Support Worker
• Day Care Manager
• Residential Care Manager