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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 Surewise.com
discusses the importance of insurance for individual employers and PAs, and
shares his tips for what you should look out for. Read it here.
about integrated care systems
Thursday 23 May 2019,
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.
Tuesday 4 June 2019,
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
Find out more and book your place here.
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.
England need your help to complete their survey about personal health
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:
a new project to explore the challenges that PHB holders face with
recruiting and employing personal assistants (PAs)
#myPHBstory as a Twitter hashtag to capture and share people’s stories
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
long-term plans to offer better information, advice and support for those
entitled to or interested in a PHB
committed to training more people with lived experience to influence
systems and support individuals.
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