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Here are some of our recommended resources that you can share with individual employers, PAs and colleagues.

Employing personal assistants toolkit

Employing personal assistants toolkit

This online toolkit is for individual employers and provides step by step guidance about how to employ a PA.

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A guide to being a personal assistant

A guide to being a personal assistant

This guide is for people who are already or interested in becoming a PA. It explains more about the role and some things to think about when working as a PA.

Personalised care and support planning

Personalised care and support planning

This tool supports integrated care planning for people with health and social care needs.

There are lots of training and funding opportunities for support organisations, individual employers and PAs.

Funding for training and qualifications

Funding for training and qualifications

Individual employers can apply for funding to pay for training for themselves and their PAs.

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Adult social care qualifications

Adult social care qualifications

There are lots of qualifications PAs can do to develop their skills and knowledge.

Finding high quality learning providers

Finding high quality learning providers

Our endorsed providers have been assessed and checked as delivering high quality training that's fit for purpose.

User led organisation funding

User led organisation funding

User led organisations can apply for funding to deliver training to individual employers and PAs.

You might support individual employers with matters around employment status, pensions and other matters such as wages and insurance. Here's some useful resources to help.

Understanding the employment status of personal assistants

Understanding the employment status of personal assistants

This guide explains why it's important to understand the employment status of PAs and how the wide spectrum of the PA role may influence employment status.

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Automatic enrolment

Automatic enrolment

These resources can help you understand more about individual employers' responsibilities around automatic enrolment.

Our advice notes and briefings provide more information around topical issues in the sector.

Disclosure and Barring Service advice note

Disclosure and Barring Service advice note

This advice note explains more about DBS checks.

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PAs doing the Care Certificate FAQs

PAs doing the Care Certificate FAQs

This advice note explains a bit more about the Care Certificate and how it relates to PAs.

PA working and CQC registration

PA working and CQC registration

This advice note explains a bit more about where and when a PA might need to register with CQC.

Q and A on insurance for individual employers

Q and A on insurance for individual employers

This advice note has more information about what insurance individual employers need.

We carry out research to understand more about the support available for individual employers and the PA workforce. Here are our most recent research reports.

Taking an integrated approach to PA employment and support March 2017

Taking an integrated approach to PA employment and support March 2017

This guide is for local authorities, support and NHS organisations about how they can work together to ensure their approaches to PA employment align locally.

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Workforce intelligence briefing - individual employers and PAs July 2017

Workforce intelligence briefing - individual employers and PAs July 2017

This briefing outlines workforce intelligence about the personal assistant workforce and individual employers.

Personal assistance relationships: power, ethics and emotions June 2017

Personal assistance relationships: power, ethics and emotions June 2017

This research from the University of East Anglia aims to understand the relationships of power, ethics and emotions which underlie the PA model.

The personal assistant workforce in social care and health Dec 2016

The personal assistant workforce in social care and health Dec 2016

This report outlines findings from a recent study which set out to establish a picture of PAs working across social care and health in England.

Research into local authorities' support for people that employ personal assistants March 2016

Research into local authorities' support for people that employ personal assistants March 2016

This report outlines the most recent findings from an ongoing study which sets out to understand the support available to people employing PAs in England.

Support for individual employers and their PAs following the introduction of personal health budgets March 2016

Support for individual employers and their PAs following the introduction of personal health budgets March 2016

This report outlines findings from a recent study which set out to establish the support available to personal health budget holders employing PAs in England.

We have lots of case studies with individuals talking about their experience of employing PAs, and PAs talking about their role.

Hear from individuals who employ their own personal assistants

Hear from individuals who employ their own personal assistants

Individual employers talk about why they decided to employ PAs and their experiences of doing so.

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Hear from people who are working as personal assistants

Hear from people who are working as personal assistants

PAs talk about why they decided to become a PA and why they love their role.

Here are some other resources that we think would be useful to help you better support individual employers and their PAs.

Making it Real

Making it Real

Making it Real sets out what people who use services and carers expect to see if support services are truly personalised.

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Developing local networks

Developing local networks

It's important to develop local networks to ensure an integrated service and share good practice. Here's some resources to help.

How to do a great assessment for someone who has autism

How to do a great assessment for someone who has autism

This guide will help you carry out a great assessment for someone who has autism.

Indirect payments: practitioners' guide

Indirect payments: practitioners' guide

This guide helps practitioners work through the process of considering indirect payments as a way of ensuring people who lack capacity to make certain decisions, are able to take advantage of the care and support available.

Personal health budgets and the delegation of health tasks

Personal health budgets and the delegation of health tasks

These guides explain a bit more about personal health budgets and the delegation of health talks where the holder employs a PA.

The Personal Budgets Minimum Process Framework

The Personal Budgets Minimum Process Framework

This interactive tool by Think Local Act Personal will help improvement officers in councils and their partner organisations deliver Care Act compliant social care systems which relate to personal budgets.

Here are the findings from the four projects that tested innovative approaches to the recruitment of PAs.

My Life - Pathways to Employment

My Life - Pathways to Employment

My Life's Pathways to Employment model invites potential PAs to five sessions to learn more about the role, the values you need and to meet potential employers.

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Disability Sheffield - Testing innovative approaches to the recruitment of personal assistants

Disability Sheffield - Testing innovative approaches to the recruitment of personal assistants

Disability Sheffield worked with Sheffield Hallam University to promote the PA role to students on relevant courses.

SHIP Transforming Care Partnership - Promoting the personal assistant role to local students

SHIP Transforming Care Partnership - Promoting the personal assistant role to local students

The partnership worked with University of Portsmouth and University of Southampton to promote the PA role to students on relevant courses.

Nottinghamshire County Council - Promoting the role of PAs to rural and hard to reach communities

Nottinghamshire County Council - Promoting the role of PAs to rural and hard to reach communities

Nottinghamshire CC did targeted promotional activities in rural communities and with hard to reach groups, to increase the number of PAs on their directory.