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Description for Self-Directed Learning (SDL)

Delivery option for experienced managers in residential care, domiciliary care, day care, and health care settings for adults

Self-directed Learning (SDL), with email support of tutor. 

Coursework is delivered via 30 online courses, one for each of the 25 units, and five extra courses on leadership and management, induction, professional development, etc. 

SDL is suitable for learners who are already experienced managers in adult care settings in England who already have personal experience of personally managing repeated successful CQC inspections that resulted in CQC ratings of "Outstanding" or "Good". 

Such students already have generic management and/or leadership qualifications and vocational leadership qualifications, and they will use the learning resources we provide on our learning platforms to update their knowledge and skills, before undertaking assessments within our Assessment Platform. 

The SDL is not suitable for learners who have never managed a care setting in England, or who are jumping from the role of Care Assistant or Senior Care Assistant to a management role to set up their own Domiciliary Care company as Directors. 

About the Qualification

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 expired on 31 December 2019. 

This Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)  is the current Ofqual-accredited qualification for Registered Managers and is recognised by CQC and Skills For Care as the qualification for Managers of care and support services for adults that are regulated and inspected by the CQC in England.

This qualification, the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF), covers all the knowledge and skills requirements of managers in various care settings regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), whether health care or social care, according to the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.  

Usual job roles within care services of those working towards this qualification include:

  • Directors 
  • Nominated persons 
  • Managers 
  • Deputy managers, and Assistant managers  
  • Care Coordinators 
  • Team Leaders 
  • Supervisors

And all those aspiring to those job roles or similar roles 

Main types of regulated care settings where learners work

Residential Care - This qualification is for managers and aspiring managers of residential settings for adults. This means those who manage 

  • residential care homes for adults, 
  • nursing homes for adults, and 
  • any other residential setting caring for adults. 

Community Care  settings- This qualification is for managers and aspiring managers in a range of non residential care settings. 

  • Domiciliary Care Agencies for adults
  • Day care services for adults, 
  • services for people with learning disabilities and 
  • substance misuse services
  • And other non-residential community-based services

Health Care settings -  This qualification is for managers and aspiring managers in a range of health care settings in England including 

  • NHS hospitals and 
  • independent hospitals, 
  • GP surgeries, NHS walk-in centres, 
  • NHS out-of-hours services, 
  • dentists, 
  • ambulances, 
  • mental health services, 
  • hospices, and 
  • any other setting delivering healthcare. 

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.

Full Description of the qualification

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). 

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) expired to new registrations. The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) is now the current 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 minimum

Assessment method: Portfolio of evidence 

Guided learning hours (GLH): 582 

Total qualification time (TQT): 800 

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

Mandatory Units 

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 units 

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 units 

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 support with  the learner fully in charge of their own timetable. 

This Self-Directed Learning (SDL) and Assessment delivery option includes basic support with online learning materials, and then full assessment. The learner fully in charge of their own timetable. Learning support is by email and online learning materials.

The learner has access to online resources on our Online Learning System for learning, and our e-Portfolio for assessments and assignments. The learning is self-paced by the learner, who decides their own study timetable. 

Course fees cover all training, learner support, assessments and feedback, and awarding body certification on completion. 

Apart from Self-Directed Learning, other types of Learning Support are available as follows

Bespoke Live Learning Support with CQC Inspection training: 

Learners who pay for this extra learning support will receive extra 25 live tutorials support, in addition to the e-learning. 

Extra Learning Support includes: 

  • online learning materials 
  • Live tutorials webinars 
  • email support from tutor, 
  • Live face-to-face e-meetings with integrated telephone/audio support 
  • and other learning resources as required.

Assessments and assessment methods used 

The learner has 24-hour access to their e-Portfolio for assessments and assignments. 

Your trainer/assessor will guide 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

Usual Duration - Most learners take between 12 months to 12 months to complete the qualification.

Those learners wanting to complete the qualification in less than 12 months may find the time commitment a bit more challenging, but if they put in the time required, it is possible.

We allow learners Flexible Duration. 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. 

There are at least 25 units to complete. Many learners can complete the qualification within between 12 to 24 months.

Subject to terms and conditions, we can extend the duration required by the learner to complete the qualifications. 

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. It makes you eligible for Registered Manager status with the CQC.

What to do next 

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