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A PA supports an individual to live more independently, usually in their own home. These resources explain a bit more about the role for those interested in working as a PA, and for those already working in the role.

Being a personal assistant

Being a personal assistant

This guide explains everything you need to know about being a PA including

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What is the role of a personal assistant?

What is the role of a personal assistant?

This video from Ruils explains more about the role of a PA.

Working with people with a learning disability

Working with people with a learning disability

This video from Ruils explores what it's like to work with someone with a learning disability.

Working with people with dementia

Working with people with dementia

This video from Ruils explores what it's like to work with someone with dementia.

How to be a great PA for someone with autism

How to be a great PA for someone with autism

This guide explains a bit more about how you can support someone with autism.

PA working and CQC registration

PA working and CQC registration

This guidance explains more about whether you need to register with CQC as a personal assistant.

Understanding social care

Understanding social care

These resources explain a little bit more about what social care is and what it's like to work in social care.

Understanding health care

Understanding health care

These resources explain a little bit more about what health care is and what it's like to work in health care.

Being a PA can be a very rewarding career. But don't take our word for it; hear from some people who work as PAs.

What is the role of a personal assistant?

What is the role of a personal assistant?

This video from RUILS explains a little bit more about what it's like to work as a PA.

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Meet Caroline

Meet Caroline

Caroline is a PA for Claire, who has a learning disability and uses a personal care budget to pay for PAs. She works as a PA whilst studying at University.

Meet Kelly and Elem

Meet Kelly and Elem

Kelly and Elem are PAs who support Anne, an elderly woman with dementia, who lives at home with her husband.

Meet Mo

Meet Mo

Mo supports Helen, who has a learning disability and is prone to seizures, to live everyday life the way she wants.

Meet Sarah

Meet Sarah

Sarah did an apprenticeship as a personal assistant.

Meet Sue

Meet Sue

Sue works as a PA with Marta, who has a disability called freidrichs ataxia. They have similar interests and have also become close friends.

Meet Tuiji and Charlotte

Meet Tuiji and Charlotte

Tuiji and Charlotte are PAs for Sheena, who has advanced dementia. They support her to live in her own home.

There are lots of ways you can find a role as a personal assistant. Here are some resources to help.

Find your local PA register or support organisation.

Find your local PA register or support organisation.

You could advertise for work or find roles through your local PA register or support organisation. Find their details here.

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Unison PA support network

Unison PA support network

You could join the Unison PA support network to find out about your rights and share experiences of being a PA.

Become a personal assistant apprentice

Become a personal assistant apprentice

An apprenticeship is a great way to start your career and gives you the opportunity to gain experience, do a qualification and earn a wage.

Here are a few things you should think about and understand when you start your role as a PA.

Your statutory rights and entitlements

Your statutory rights and entitlements

This guide explains your statutory rights and entitlements as a PA.

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Health and safety in the home

Health and safety in the home

This video from RUILS explains a bit more about health and safety when you're supporting someone in their own home.

Safety guide for personal assistants

Safety guide for personal assistants

This guide from Fish insurance explains how to avoid injuries and accidents when you're supporting your employer.

Supporting your employer with moving and assisting

Supporting your employer with moving and assisting

This video from RUILS explains a bit more about how you might support your employer with moving and assisting.

It's important to develop your skills and knowledge as a personal assistant and there are lots of opportunities to do this. Here are some examples of training and qualifications you could do.

A practical guide to learning and development

A practical guide to learning and development

This guide is for personal assistants to help you develop in your role. It will help you think about what learning you might want to do and how best to do it.

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Funding for training

Funding for training

Your employer can apply for funding to pay for you to do training and qualifications; this is called individual employer funding.

Adult social care qualifications

Adult social care qualifications

There are lots of qualifications you could do as a PA. This booklet outlines some of the key ones at different levels.

Develop your career

Develop your career

There are lots of ways you can develop your career as a PA. These resources explain how, including the different roles you could progress into.

Working as a PA means you'll have a unique working relationship with your employer. No one likes to think of things going wrong, but it's important you know what to do if things do.

How to solve a workplace dispute: guidance from HMRC

How to solve a workplace dispute: guidance from HMRC

This guidance explains how you can make a formal complaint or grievance about your employer if things go wrong.

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Working with LGBTQI+ disabled people

Working with LGBTQI+ disabled people

This SCIE briefing has information for PAs working with LGBTQI+ disabled people.

Early conciliation in workplace disputes: guidance from ACAS

Early conciliation in workplace disputes: guidance from ACAS

This guide explains more about early conciliation if you have a dispute at work, to avoid an Employment Tribunal claim.