What is a PA?
A PA is someone who is usually employed directly by a person who needs support to live their life in a way they choose. An individual can employ a Personal Assistant to support them following a Care Act assessment if they have care and support needs.
A PA can also be employed by a family member or representative, when the person they are supporting does not have the physical or mental capacity to be the employer.
However, a PA always works directly with the individual they are supporting. It’s most likely that this should be through an employed arrangement, rather than being self-employed. People employing PAs are often referred to as individual employers.
As a PA you are likely to be involved in many aspects of your employer’s life and may be asked to provide support in the home, at leisure or at work.
How to become a PA
Visit the Live Well Telford website if you are interested in becoming a PA, you will find out about the PA role, how to register as a PA, support and training available as well as a detailed PA handbook that covers important information such as training, qualifications and guidance on managing your relationship with your employer.
COVID-19 Updates for PA's
- New! The guidance for Personal Assistants has changed, Personal Assistance need to be tested for COVID-19. Personal Assistants will be responsible for ordering Rapid Flow test kits every 21 days or an employee can order test kits on their behalf. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Find out more and order your tests by visiting GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants.View the COVID-19 testing for Personal Assistants (PAs) flyer.
- View our Direct Payments – advice and guidance for people during the Coronavirus crisis fact sheet.
- View and download the Personal Assistant Priority Pass for when carrying out essential work/journeys.
- View the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) portal to order emergency PPE.
Last updated: 14/04/2021 10:33