Each month we introduce members of our expert steering group, who help us to develop new resources for individual employers, PAs and organisations who support them.
We have 18 engaged experts from a range of backgrounds, who meet every quarter to ensure our work is both relevant and fit for purpose.
This month we’d like to introduce steering group member, Lucie Glander.
Lucie is a Personal Assistant Development Worker with Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living (Wilts CIL). They’re a user led organisation that supports individual employers who are on direct payments and self-funders.
She works with individual employers to support them to recruit PAs and source training opportunities. This first-hand experience is particularly useful to ensure that Skills for Care’s resources are helpful to people who will use them.
Wilts CIL applied for a user led organisation funding grant from Skills for Care to offer tailored training opportunities to individual employers and PAs across Wiltshire, which Lucie has been heavily involved in.
Lucie also sits on a Wiltshire Workforce Action Group - a group made up of colleagues from different health and social care organisations in Wiltshire. This means that they can share learning and exchange ideas and ways of working between Skills for Care and local networks, in particular around the issue of recruitment.
The groups work has led to the creation of a ‘Proud to Care Wiltshire’ website, an extension to ‘Proud to Care Southwest’, which was developed to promote working in health and social care careers in the area.
She strongly believes that user led organisations are key in raising awareness of the PA workforce as a valued and important role in the lives of disabled employers.
She told us:
“By joining Skills for Care’s steering group, I can take Skills for Care’s initiatives and resources, and feedback to my organisation, individual employers and their PA’s.
Any information and ideas from the group helps me to develop the PA role and the opportunities available to PA’s.
This will in turn benefit individual employers and set an example of good practice across the board.”
Lucie’s involvement in learning and development is particularly valuable to the group.
Georgina Turner, Head of Employer Engagement at Skills for Care, said:
“As we encourage employers to place candidate’s values at the forefront of their recruitment and selection, the role of learning and development becomes more important once PAs are in their role.
Having Lucie on the steering group, with her experience of training and qualifications, is vital to ensure that any guidance we produce is useful and accurate.”
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You can also visit our Information hub for individual employers and PAs to download useful resources, including the Employing personal assistants toolkit.