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There are lots of benefits to employing your own PA, including the freedom and choice of choosing who supports you. Here are some resources to help you understand more about employing a PA.

Benefits of employing a personal assistant

Benefits of employing a personal assistant

This short introductory booklet explores some of the benefits of employing your own PA.

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What is the role of a PA?

What is the role of a PA?

This video from Ruils will help you think about what you might need from a PA and what they need from you.

In the driving seat: a workbook to help me plan my support

In the driving seat: a workbook to help me plan my support

In Control has designed this workbook to help you think about how you want your life to be and how to get the support to make that happen.

Self-directed support for LGBTQI+ disabled people who employ personal assistants

Self-directed support for LGBTQI+ disabled people who employ personal assistants

This SCIE briefing has information for LGBTQI+ disabled people who employ their own PAs or support workers.

Hear from other individual employers who employ personal assistants

Hear from other individual employers who employ personal assistants

Individual employers talk about their experiences of employing PAs and share their advice to others.

It's important that you recruit the right people for your PA roles. We have lots of practical advice and resources to help you attract and recruit new PAs.

Recruiting a personal assistant

Recruiting a personal assistant

This step by step guide tells you everything you need to know when recruiting a personal assistant, including where to advertise, interviews and doing the right checks.

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Attract more people

Attract more people

This section of finding and keeping workers has practical advice to help you attract new PAs, including attracting young workers and using social media.

A workbook to help me plan my support

A workbook to help me plan my support

This workbook from In Control will help you think about how you want your life to be and where you can get the support to make this happen.

Find your local personal assistant register or support organisation

Find your local personal assistant register or support organisation

PA registers and support organisations can help you find and recruit PAs and support you to manage direct payments.

Recruit personal assistants with the right values and behaviours

Recruit personal assistants with the right values and behaviours

This toolkit has lots of practical guidance, templates and tips to help you recruit PAs with the right values, including example interview questions and job adverts.

Check your personal assistant has the legal right to work in the UK

Check your personal assistant has the legal right to work in the UK

This guidance explains the checks you need to do to ensure your PA has the legal right to work in the UK.

Carry out a DBS check

Carry out a DBS check

Before your PA starts you should carry out a DBS check; these resources explain more.

Understand personal health budgets in relation to employing personal assistants

Understand personal health budgets in relation to employing personal assistants

The NHS provides more information about personal health budgets and what you can use them for.

It's important you have the right support in place for when your PA starts. Here's some resources to help.

Before your personal assistant starts

Before your personal assistant starts

This guide has useful information about the things you should think about before your PA starts such as paying your PA, pensions and health and safety.

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Understanding the employment status of personal assistants

Understanding the employment status of personal assistants

It's important you understand the employment status of your PA to determine their rights and your responsibilities as an employer. It's also important to ensure your PA pays the right tax and NIC. This guide will help you understand more about employment status.

Make sure you get the right insurance

Make sure you get the right insurance

These resources will help you ensure you get the right insurance as an individual employer.

Think about health and safety

Think about health and safety

These resources will help you think about what health and safety measures you need to put in place in and around the home.

Pay your personal assistant

Pay your personal assistant

These resources explain more about paying your PA, including the current national minimum and living wage and paying statutory sick pay.

Make sure your personal assistant pays the right amount of tax

Make sure your personal assistant pays the right amount of tax

These resources will help you ensure your PA pays the right amount of tax.

Good management can ensure you keep good working relationships with your PAs and could mean they stay with you for longer. We have lots of guidance to help you be a good employer.

Managing your PA

Managing your PA

This guide has lots of practical advice and tips to help you manage your PA.

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How to be a great autistic individual employer

How to be a great autistic individual employer

If you have autism and employ a PA, this guide can help you be a great individual employer.

Keeping records

Keeping records

This guidance explains what records you need to keep and how you can store personal data safely.

Let's talk about restraint

Let's talk about restraint

This leaflet from Disability Sheffield explains more about restraint so you can start having conversations with your PAs about it.

Training and qualifications are a great way of developing your PAs and yourself as an employer. Here is some information to help you understand more about what training and qualifications you and your PAs could do.

Training and qualifications

Training and qualifications

This guide explains more about the training and qualifications you and your PAs could do.

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Funding for training and qualifications

Funding for training and qualifications

You can apply for funding to pay for training and qualifications, including apprenticeships.

A practical guide to learning and development for personal assistants

A practical guide to learning and development for personal assistants

This guide will help you understand more about the learning and development your PAs could do.

Supporting your PA to gain the skills they need

Supporting your PA to gain the skills they need

This guide will help you think about the different ways you could develop your PA's skills, including on the job training, elearning and qualifications.

There are lots of ways you can make sure your PA is happy in their role and want to stay. However, sometimes things might go wrong and it's important you understand what to do if they do.

Sorting our problems

Sorting our problems

People often do not want to think about things going wrong, but sometimes they do and it is good to have a plan of how to deal with problems.

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How to solve a workplace dispute

How to solve a workplace dispute

This guidance from HMRC explains how to solve a workplace dispute.

Early conciliation in workplace disputes

Early conciliation in workplace disputes

This guidance from ACAS explains how early conciliation can help you resolve disputes at work, avoiding the need for an Employment Tribunal claim.

Keeping records of disciplinary and grievance

Keeping records of disciplinary and grievance

This explains what records you should keep from any disciplinary and grievance processes.

Useful templates from Skills for Care.

Useful templates from Skills for Care

Useful templates from Skills for Care

This booklet has lots of useful templates including job description, interview questions, risk assessment and disciplinary form.

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Basic terms of employment template

Basic terms of employment template

This template can be used to outline the basic terms of employment.

Here are some other resources that we think would be useful for individual employers.

Local community support from Small Good Stuff

Local community support from Small Good Stuff

Small Good Stuff link people and organisations who offer support with people who need care and support.

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Link up

Link up

This guide explores how social care organisations can support individual employers in the local community.