PAs are usually employed by people who are directing their own care, through a direct payment or a personal budget from the council, or are funding their own support.
Being able to employ their own PA, and agree the services they want, gives the person full control over their own life. When employing their own PA in this way, the person is known as an ‘individual employer’
Personal assistants can choose to work for just one person or for a number of people, Individual employers have employer’s liability insurance and where necessary are registered with HMRC. Individual employers should also offer the necessary training to do the duties required.
The role of a PA
The role of a PA is very flexible. Depending on the needs of the person you're supporting, you can work part or full-time, on different days and at different times, so the role will suit lots of people, particularly those who only want to work a few hours a week, such as students or people who are retired.
Duties of a PA can include:
- personal care, such as help with feeding, bathing and toileting; mobility; bed making; monitoring and recording temperature, pulse, respiration etc
- healthcare tasks such as dressings, catheter management, administration of medication
- support to assist with living independently such as meal preparation, cooking, cleaning and domestic activities, shopping, social and leisure activities, attending appointments, administration and paperwork, assisting with pets and gardening, generally assisting with overall comfort and wellbeing; providing interest and activities to stimulate and engage.
- supporting the person while at work
- helping to look after children and pets ]
- supporting the person’s personal activities, such as going on holiday or gaining education.
Getting approved to become a PA
To be approved as a personal assistant, you’ll have to meet the standards of our PA Finder scheme and sign up to its, including the code of conduct. You’ll also be expected to successfully complete a seven day induction training programme in health and social care.
Barnsley PA Finder is an approval scheme that checks the background of people who register with us to become approved PAs to make sure that they’re suitable for the job.
This includes an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, to see if you have a criminal record, and reference checks. You can find more information about DBS checks on Gov.UK.
If you’re approved, we’ll add you to the PA Finder directory and give you a numbered certificate as proof of your approved status. As well as making your details available to people looking for a PA, the directory also gives them peace of mind knowing that you can offer suitable care.
What our PAs say
You can watch our film to see a PA talking about her role.