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Meet our steering group member – Matthew Egan, UNISON

Matthew Egan

Our steering group help us develop new resources and support for individual employers, PAs and organisations who support them. The group includes colleagues who support employ their own PAs through a direct payment, personal health budget or with their own money.

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This month we’d like to introduce Matthew Egan.

Matthew works for UNISON who are the main trade union for PAs. He joined the group so he could represent their viewpoint in the work that Skills for Care do.

UNISON is a member-led organisation so all of their views are informed by members. It’s great that Matthew can bring this insight to the steering group – he gives us a different perspectives into some of the challenges that PAs face and what works well in PA employment.

UNISON has a number of PA’s as members and they face a range of challenges. 

Sometimes their employers are unaware of their responsibilities as an employer, and can struggle to access support they need such as training. PA’s can also feel isolated and be unsure of what their employment rights are. 

In the past UNISON has worked with PAs to inform them about their rights and have offered training.

They’ve also worked with local councils to help them provide better support for individual employers and PAs.

Matthew told us:

“We feel that it’s vital that the voice of this key workforce are represented by their union at a national level, and I feel I’m in a strong position to help inform the steering group’s discussions and decisions.”

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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.