The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) is the Ofqual-accredited qualification for those who manage care and support services for adults in England, and is recognised by Skills For Care as the qualification for Registered Managers.
The qualification, also known as DILMAC, covers all that is required in various care settings in England as regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), whether health care or social care, as defined by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
There are 3 main types of regulated care settings where Registered Managers are required
Residential Care - This qualification is suitable for learners who have management responsibility for adults in a residential setting. This means those who manage residential care homes for adults, residential nursing homes for adults, and any other residential setting caring for adults.
Community Care - This qualification is suitable for learners who have management responsibility in a range of non-residential care settings. This means managers of Domiciliary Care Agencies for adults, Day care services for adults, non-residential community-based services including services for people with learning disabilities and substance misuse services.
Health Care - This qualification is suitable for learners who have management responsibility for a health care setting in England that is regulated and inspected by CQC, under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This means those who manage hospitals regulated and inspected by the CQC in England (both NHS hospitals and independent hospitals), GP surgeries, walk-in centres, out-of-hours services, dentists, ambulances, mental health services, hospices, and any other setting delivering healthcare.
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) is the Ofqual-recognised qualification that replaces the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (RQF), which expires on 31 December 2019.
Learners studying the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) qualification develop the skills and knowledge in leadership and management to ensure that services can respond fully to the needs and aspirations of those that use their provision, and are fully compliant with the regulatory requirements.
Course Fees to pay on Enrolment
Course fees cover all training, learner support, assessments and feedback, and awarding body certification on completion.
Course Fee - £1800 for the full programme.
Individuals requiring further support may pay monthly instalments of £189/month for 10 months (total payable by instalments including administrative fees £1890)
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You must live and work in England to do study for this qualification.
This accredited qualification is awarded by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC).
Overview of the Qualification
Courses For Jobs offers the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to manage, practise and lead others in adult care provision, in all care settings.
Learners undertaking the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection through work-based learning opportunities.
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) is most suitable for those working in a managerial role in adult care settings who are looking to progress their career. It is also appropriate for managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at Level 5.
Completing the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) enables the manager to:
- Confirm occupational competence and "licence to practice" as Registered Manager.
- Confirm competence in an occupational role to the Registered Manager standards as required
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) currently runs concurrently with the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (RQF) as recognised qualifications for Registered Managers.
On 31 December 2019, the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (RQF) expires to new registrations, and after that the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) will be the only recognised qualification for Registered Managers of all care settings, such as residential care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care agencies, nursing care agencies, day care settings for adults, and job roles and similar care settings.
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) is nationally recognised and is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the Skills for Care Management Induction Standards (MIS). The NOS, MIS, assessment principles and qualification structure are owned by the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care.
The aim of the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care is to guide and assess the knowledge and skills relating to leadership and management within adult care. Learners undertaking this qualification will be working in a managerial role in a variety of adult care settings.As learners engage with the units of this qualification, they will learn more about how to develop leadership and management skills. As a leader in adult care, the learner will become an important role model for others, inspiring staff and raising aspirations. Learners will be able to respond to drivers in adult care through strong leadership, values base, innovation, and business insight.
Key facts of Ofqual Accreditation
Qualification number: 603/3594/4
Learning aim reference: 60335944
Credit value: 80
Assessment method: Portfolio of evidence
Guided learning hours (GLH): 582
Total qualification time (TQT): 800
This is a big course requiring at least 800 hours total qualification time, and learners should not underestimate the amount of time and depth of knowledge and skills which must be demonstrated to Level 5 standard, required to complete this course and prove competency to Registered Manager standards.
Courses For Jobs has immense experience in delivering this course, and being aware of the potential difficulties learners encounter while on the course, Courses For Jobs offers prospective learners free Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to support the learner before they enrol. This pre-enrolment IAG is free and without obligation.
Usual job roles within care services for those working towards this qualification include:
- Nominated persons
- Deputy managers, and Assistant managers
And all those aspiring to those job roles or similar roles
Programme Content – What you will study
To complete the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF), learners must complete a minimum of 80 credits along the following Awarding Body Rules of Combination:
• all units contained within the mandatory group totaling 60 credits
• a minimum of 20 credits across the optional groups:
o a maximum of 6 credits from optional group A
o the remaining credits from optional group B, minimum of 14 credits
1 - Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care
2 - Team Leadership in Adult Care
3 - Principles of Governance in Adult Care
4 - Principles of Regulatory Processes for Adult Care
5 - Communication and Information Management in Adult Care
6 - Partnership working in Adult Care
7 - Outcomes based person centred practice in Adult Care
8 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult Care
9 - Continuous Improvement in Adult Care
10 - Principles of Professional Development in Adult Care
11 - Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care
12 - Principles of Resource Management in Adult Care
13 - Safeguarding and Protection in Adult Care
14 - Health and Safety in Adult Care
15 - Risk taking and risk management in Adult Care
16 - Managing Concerns and Complaints in Adult Care
17 - Self-management for leadership in Adult Care
18 - Decision making in Adult Care
19 - Entrepreneurial skills in Adult Care
20 - Principles of innovation and change in adult care
Optional group A
Learners may achieve a maximum of 6 credits from this group. Learners usually study one or two units from this group.
21 - Understand the process and experience of dementia
22 - Understand Physical disability
23 - Understand sensory loss
24 - Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on Individuals
25 - Understand Advance Care Planning
26 - Understand how to support individuals during the last days of life
27 - Understand how to manage a team
28 - Understand safeguarding of children and young people for those working in the adult sector
29 - Understand partnership working
30 - Understand the factors affecting older people
Optional group B
Learners must achieve a minimum of 14 credits from this group. Learners usually study two or three units from this group.
31 - Assess the individual in a health and social care setting
32 - Manage domiciliary services
33 - Support the use of assistive technology
34 - Lead and manage group living for adults
35 - Lead and manage end of life care services
36 - Support individuals during the last days of life
37 - Providing Independent Advocacy to Adults
38 - Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
39 - Lead the management of transitions
40 - Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting
41 - Recruitment and selection within health and social care settings
42 - Manage induction in health and social care settings
43 - Manage quality in health and social care settings
44 - Develop procedures and practice to respond to concerns and complaints
45 - Manage physical resources
46 - Manage finance within own area of responsibility in a health and social care setting
47 - Undertake a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people
48 - Explore models of disability
49 - Facilitate change in health and social care settings
50 - Facilitate coaching and mentoring of practitioners in health and social care settings
51 - Professional practice in health and social care for adults
52 - Active support: lead interactive training
53 - Manage an inter-professional team in health and social care settings
54 - Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility
55 - Develop, maintain and use records and reports
56 - Promote professional development
57 - Use and develop systems that promote communication
58 - Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals
59 - Lead active support
60 - Lead person centred practice
61 - Lead practice which supports individuals to take positive risks
62 - Lead and manage practice in dementia care
63 - Support individuals with sensory loss with communication
64 - Promote awareness of sensory loss
65 - Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities
66 - Lead a service that supports individuals through significant life events
67 - Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
68 - Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance misusers
69 - Promote access to healthcare for individuals with learning disabilities
70 - Promote good practice in the support of individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
71 - Independent Mental Health Advocacy
Training and Learning:
Learners receive training through blended learning that includes:
- online learning materials
- distance learning,
- live webinars
- email support,
- telephone support
- face-to-face support visits,
- and other resources as required.
Your trainer/assessor will assist you in producing a portfolio of evidence that provides evidence of your knowledge and performance.
Assessments are flexible and involve a variety of assessment methods including:
- written questions,
- oral questioning,
- professional discussions,
- observation of work-based performance,
- work-based evidence,
- personal statements
- reflective accounts
- witness testimony,
- and more.
How long does it take – Duration of the course
Flexible. Learners can complete the qualification as fast as they want, however learners must be aware that all assessments must be completed to the required Level 5 standard.
Many learners can complete the course within 18 months. Some learners take between 24 and 30 months.
We help learners to plan their studies and the duration that suits their needs. If the learner's circumstances change we can extend the duration and support the learner to complete their learning.
What certificates do you get when you complete your course?
On full completion of this qualification, the learner will receive the full Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF), issued by Highfield Qualifications (Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance - HABC).
Career Path following completion
Completing this qualification makes you fully qualified to manage a care facility, or health facility for adults or children. It makes you eligible for Registered Manager status with the CQC.
Earnings as a manager range from £35,000 yearly, up to £55,000 pa.
You can further progress to Regional/Operations Manager, to manage a group of care settings.
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