Adult Care New Pathway (October 2021 + starts only)

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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. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They 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 which is at the heart of person centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported


Behaviours are the mindset, attitudes and approaches required to learn new knowledge and apply new skills. There should be many opportunities in the workplace for you to develop the anticipated behaviours that are required as an Adult Care Worker. Remember, you will be judged on your behaviours at end-point-assessment (EPA). Review the following behaviours and start to work on developing and showcasing these at every opportunity.

These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers carrying out their roles:

  • Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
  • Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

Person-centred and community based working (strengths based approaches) & Newsletter

In the guide below, you’ll find key information about person-centred and community based working across social care settings including that focuses on the many benefits this can bring to people supported to have valued connections, reduce social isolation and promote good physical and mental wellbeing.
The guide is relevant for:
■ adult social care providers
■ care and support workers in residential, supported living, domiciliary care and non-regulated services
■ individual employers and personal assistants

Stretch and Challenge. Pass to Distinction…..

In order to gain a distinction grade, at end point assessment (EPA), you will need to achieve the following:

Situational judgement test
The situational judgement test will present the candidate with a range of real-life scenarios about which the learner will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online, under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard. The grading threshold will be:

Acceptable achievement (Pass) 40 correct answers
Good achievement (Merit) 50 or more correct answers
Outstanding achievement (Distinction) 55 or more correct answers

Professional discussion
A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. Candidates can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, the candidate’s self-assessment and supporting evidence including testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview. The grading will be:

Acceptable achievement Pass
Good achievement Merit
Outstanding achievement Distinction

Your Role & Safeguarding

All adult care workers must ensure that the people they care for live free from harm, abuse and neglect and in doing so, protect their health, wellbeing and human rights. Safeguarding for older adults focuses on independence and choice and is one of the areas regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

There are also many pieces of legislation and Government initiatives that regulate adult social care organisations concerning safeguarding, these include The Care Act 2014, Equality Act 2010, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Care Quality Commission Regulations 2009 as well as many other pieces of legislation.

There are six principles set out in the Care Act 2014 which should guide the practice in your setting:

  1. Empowerment: People are supported and empowered to make their own decisions
  2. Prevention: Take action before harm occurs
  3. Proportionality: Take the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk
  4. Protection: Support and represent those in greatest need
  5. Partnership: Working with local communities
  6. Accountability: Ensure transparency in delivering safeguarding

Learning Resources to Support Vistar Workbooks & EPA Preparation

Bookable Safeguarding Training (Book within 6/8 weeks of start)

Bookable Sexual Consent Training (Book within 10/12 weeks of start)

End Point Assessment Practice Test

Added Value, Stretch and Challenge and Professional Development