Each month we’ve introduced members of our expert steering group, who help us to develop new resources and support for individual employers, PAs and organisations who support them.
The group includes colleagues who support individuals who employ their own PAs using direct payments (social care or health), or their own money. These experts are from a range of backgrounds, who meet every quarter to ensure our work is both relevant and fit for purpose.
Keep up with the conversation using #PAframework or join our ‘Supporting organisations’ group on Twitter*.
This month we’d like to introduce steering group member, Pete Fleischmann. Pete works as the ‘Head of Co-production’ with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
He manages their ‘Co-production Network’ of 63 user and carer-led organisations across social care, including learning disabilities, mental health, disability, children and young people and older people.
He’s in touch with a lot of people who are interested in and engaged with the personal assistant (PA) agenda. This means he has lots of experience to be able to inform Skills for Care’s work and resources, to ensure it’s of high quality and fit for purpose. Georgina Turner, Programme Head for Employer Engagement and chair of the steering group, says:
“It’s great to have Pete on the steering group. He has done so much work with different people who might employ a PA and this really helps us to think about what we need to do and how we need to tailor our products.”
The steering group also helps Pete to shape the work he does with SCIE.
“In 2015 I started working on a project with Bristol University, Stonewall and Regard about LGBT people’s experience of personalisation, which included focus groups with PAs. The steering group were a great source of advice and knowledge. It was also helpful to have these contacts to disseminate the findings and recommendations.”
Keep up to date
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*We’ve also put together a Twitter list of steering group members, organisations and individuals with an interest in this area of work. Subscribe and keep up to date with the latest news and resources – go onto the @skillsforcare profile, click on Lists and select the Supporting organisations group.
You can also visit our Information hub for individual employers and PAs to download useful resources, including the Employing personal assistants toolkit.