Become a PA
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 (some tasks will require specialist training before being able to undertake them)
- healthcare tasks such as catheter management, administration of medication
- support to assist with living independently such as meal preparation, cooking, health and safety cleaning, 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
- supporting the person’s personal activities, such as going on holiday or gaining education
- help with feeding and letting out pets (unfortunately this doesn't include walking)
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 it, including the PA code of conduct. You’ll also be expected to successfully complete the required Care Certificate eLearning modules and additional training as detailed on our training for PAs webpage.
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. Reference checks will be carried out in advance of approval, and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out to see if you have a criminal record once you've been matched with an individual. 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.
Benefits of being a PA
- The comprehensive training for PAs is free of charge to you.
- Once you’re listed on our PA Finder directory of approved personal assistants, people looking for support will be able to find you.
- Achieving 'approved' status shows you’re committed to and have evidence of adhering to high professional standards in social care. This gives you a distinct advantage over other candidates.