From:                              Skills for Care <>

Sent:                               29 January 2019 10:12

To:                                   Jenna Wood

Subject:                          Newsletter for individual employers and those who support them Jan/Feb 2019



 Newsletter for 
 individual employers and 
 those who support them 

 January 2019 

Funding for user led organisations – applications open 12 February 2019

Organisations that are managed and controlled by disabled people (also known as user led organisations) can apply for a grant to arrange or deliver training for personal assistants (PAs) and their employers.

We encourage organisations to work in partnership so we can extend the reach of this funding and training opportunities (this has been a requirement for those that have received this funding in the past).

The guidance and application form will be available on our website on Tuesday 12 February – so now’s the time to make those links and ask the people you support what training they want to do.

Applications should be submitted any time before 12 noon on Thursday 28 March 2019. In the meantime, if you’d like to register your interest in applying or have any questions about this funding, email

Funding for individual employers – last chance to apply
Individual employers can still apply for funding to pay for training that starts before the end of March. It can cover a wide range of courses and qualifications, and we look at each application on an individual basis. The funding closes on Thursday 28 February 2019. If you support individual employers, please help us spread the word using this leaflet – you can email us to request paper copies. Find out more and download the application form here.

Come along to your local event

§  Tuesday 19 February – Doncaster

§  Wednesday 27 February – Durham

If you support individual employers or if you’re an individual employer, come along to these free events to keep up to date with the latest good practice and network with other people in the sector. Each event will be slightly different, but they’ll focus on the latest initiatives and best practice from your local area.

Guidance on new payslip legislation coming into force from April 2019
New legislation comes into force from April 2019 which requires employers, including individual employers, to provide payslips to all staff, and show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked. The Government has published this new guidance for employers. Read it here.

Sector based work academy pilot projects
We know that some individual employers find it difficult to find and recruit good PAs. This year we’re pleased to be funding four projects to test a sector based work academy (SBWA) approach to recruiting more PAs, with:

§  Independent Lives

§  Leeds City Council

§  Northern Independent Living

§  West of England Centre for Independent Living.

A SBWA involves local employers, learning providers and employment specialists. They include a learning programme and a work placement for people who are looking for a job. They’re a great way for people to develop their skills and ‘try social care’ before they apply for a permanent position. Read more about the projects here.

Accolades awards finalists announced
The judges have gathered to consider the worthy finalists for this year’s Accolades awards. We’d like to say a big congratulations to our finalist, Claire Steeples, for the ‘Best individual who employs their own care and support staff’ award. Read more about the awards and finalists on our website.

Meet our steering group member – Pete Fleischmann
Our expert steering group helps us to develop new resources for individual employers, PAs and organisations who support them. This month we’d like to introduce steering group member, Pete Fleischmann, who works as the Head of Co-production with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). He’s in touch with a lot of people who are interested in and engaged with the PA agenda, which means he has lots of experience to be able to inform Skills for Care’s work. Read more about Pete here.

New tax guides for individual employers
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group publishes regular Disability Tax Guide updates to support people who employ PAs.

Recent updates and news you may find of interest include:

§  New employment status help for disabled people who take on a carer

§  Is your PA due any tax relief on their job expenses?

§  Small Christmas gift for your PA can be covered by trivial benefit exemption

§  Pensions – auto-enrolment update for 2019/20

Steering group member, Andy Walker, awarded an MBE
We’d like to say a massive congratulations to our steering group member, Andy Walker, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to people with disabilities. Andy said: "It is a great honour to receive this recognition. It is important to me that I use this in a positive way for disabled people and I hope it will enhance the credibility of the PA Framework steering group and it’s vital work in raising the profile of the PA role." Andy is a motivational speaker and diversity consultant who directly employs his own PAs. To find out more about Andy and his work, visit the Living Your Dream Consultancy Ltd website. 

 Get involved

Survey about the PA workforce – please forward to your contacts
We’re doing a survey to understand more about the PA workforce. This will help us to continue to provide relevant support to individual employers, PAs and the organisations that support them.

We’d like as many individual employers and PAs as possible to complete the survey by Monday 11 February 2019. It asks individual employers about how many PAs they employ, recruitment, training and how they access information and support. It asks PAs about their experience in the sector, how they support their employer and training opportunities.

Please share the links with your contacts

§  Individual employer survey

§  Personal assistant survey

Survey: The role of learning and development for family carers in transitions
We receive regular feedback that if families caring for a child or young person with a learning disability and/or autism had access to tailored learning and development, they’d feel better equipped to support them as they move from children’s to adult services. We’ve commissioned Research Partners, an independent research consultancy, to do a rapid evidence review to investigate what evidence, if any, exists to support this idea. We’re also doing a mapping study of learning and development opportunities for family and unpaid carers of children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

If you have or know of any research publications which cover some, or all, of these areas, or any examples of current initiatives or opportunities, please send them to Claire Tyers (Research Partners) at and Liz Burtney (Skills for Care) at

Review of the ‘Learning disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework’
We’re working with Skills for Health, Health Education England and NHS England to review and refresh this framework. The refresh will take into account the findings from the 'Learning Disabilities Mortality Review', which found that there are some health problems that people with a learning disability might get more than other people, or that health services aren’t good at finding and treating. The framework will ensure staff have the skills and knowledge to do something about this.

We want lots of people to tell us what they think about the framework, including people who use services, work in services, run services and/or train people. If you’d like to get involved, register your interest here. We’ll ask you to look at ideas of the framework online and send us your thoughts.

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