The latest on Accolades 2020, employment status and new research report


 Newsletter for 
 individual employers and 
 those who support them 

 May 2019 

Accolades awards 2020: it’s your time to shine

We’re looking for individual employers who are committed to developing their own and their personal assistants (PAs) skills, to enter the Accolades awards.

The ‘best individual employer who employs their own care and support staff’ category is a chance for individual employers to recognise their achievements and celebrate all the hard work that they and their teams do.

Individual employers can enter themselves or be nominated by someone else, such as a user led organisation, or their PA. Entries can be submitted any time up to Friday 21 June 2019, and finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony hosted by TV dance legend Anton Du Beke. Find out more and apply here.

If you work with individual employers, please share this leaflet with your networks or email us, with your address, for printed copies.

New research report about individual employers and the personal assistant workforce
As the leading source of social care workforce intelligence, we’ve completed a research study about individual employers and the personal assistant (PA) workforce. We’ve produced a new report of the findings that explores this growing area of the workforce, including the number of PA jobs, the demographics of the PA workforce, and key workforce measurements including turnover, vacancy and pay rates. It also includes research with individual employers about sources of recruitment, training and retaining PAs. Read the report here.

Meeting our steering group members
Our steering group helps us to develop new resources and support for individual employers, personal assistants (PAs) and organisations who support them. This quarter we’d like to introduce you to two of our members.

Claire Bickford is a regional manager for Penderels Trust, that supports almost 15,000 individual employers in a variety of ways including payroll, managing their money and recruiting. Claire has over 20 years’ experience working in independent living and with direct payments. She’s recently joined the steering group and is interested in working with us to make the PA role more attractive.
Read her profile here.

Will Case is an individual employer and has employed his own PAs for eight years. He started a social enterprise called ‘Your Support Matters’, where he works as a self-advocate and independent disability consultant. Will shares his own personal experience as well as local and national best practice with the steering group, and consults with his contacts about the work that Skills for Care is doing.
Read his profile here.

Courts rule that ‘self-employed’ carer is employee
The Employment Appeals Tribunal has upheld the decision of an employment tribunal in Chatfeild-Roberts v Phillips & Universal Aunts Limited, that a live-in carer was an employee of the client, even though they viewed her as self-employed. This case is a useful reminder that employment status is not a choice, and that a court will consider the reality of the working arrangements, rather than the intentions of the parties, when determining employment status. Read the full news item from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group here. Skills for Care has a guide to support individual employers called ‘Understanding the employment status of PAs’.

Help shape HMRC’s online services
HMRC regularly runs research sessions with disabled people, to make sure their online services are built to meet user needs and are inclusive and accessible to all. You can join their user panel to give your feedback and help them to improve their online services and develop new ones. Find out more here.

Guest blog: insurance for individual employers and PAs
Individual employers need to have employer’s liability insurance to make sure that they and their personal assistants (PAs) are protected if an accident or incident happens. In this guest blog, Jack Kemp from discusses the importance of insurance for individual employers and PAs, and shares his tips for what you should look out for. Read it here.


We're talking about integrated care systems
Thursday 23 May 2019, Leeds

This event will hold conversations about integrated care systems and share examples of good practice about where collaboration has helped to build solid relationships and trust. Individual employers who receive direct payments from social care, health and both are encouraged to attend.

Find out more and book your place here.

Values-based interviewing
Tuesday 4 June 2019, London

Would you like to learn a proven interviewing technique that will help you uncover a candidates personal values? Understanding and matching people’s personal values to your workplace values will help to reduce time and wasted resources in recruiting the wrong people. This practical seminar will explain what values-based recruitment is and gives delegates the skills to conduct values-based interviews. The seminar costs £90 +VAT per person.

Find out more and book your place here.

 Get involved

Individual employers needed for new photographs
Skills for Care would like to update our photographs and we’d love to get some more of individual employers and PAs around the home, in the community or at work. We use these images on the front cover of leaflets, in our printed guides and on social media. If you’d like to get involved, or know anyone who would, please email us for more information. It’s likely to take half a day and we’ll come with our friendly photographer.

NHS England need your help to complete their survey about personal health budgets
NHS England would like personal health budget (PHB), integrated personal budget and wheelchair budget holders to fill in this survey about their experiences. They’ll use the findings to prioritise what they do to support local and national quality improvement. The survey should take around 30 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 31 May 2019.

They did a similar survey in 2018 and have made these changes as a result of the findings. They:

§  started a new project to explore the challenges that PHB holders face with recruiting and employing personal assistants (PAs)

§  launched #myPHBstory as a Twitter hashtag to capture and share people’s stories

§  ran eight regional workshops for commissioners to help them improve their PHBs for NHS Continuing Healthcare, that were co-produced and co-delivered with people with lived experience of PHB

§  developed long-term plans to offer better information, advice and support for those entitled to or interested in a PHB

§  were committed to training more people with lived experience to influence systems and support individuals.

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