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 Renee Jasper-Griffith who is on our steering group.
Renee’s worked as a PA support and training consultant with East Sussex County Council for over nine years. She’s worked with lots of individual employers and PAs to develop training and support solutions for PAs.
She’s also written ‘The Good PA Guide: understanding the role of personal assistance to people with disabilities’ which explains the evolution of the role of PAs and helps you to understand issues around duty of care and safeguarding, health and safety and personal development as a PA.
She joined the steering group to share her knowledge and experience of learning and development of PAs, and to learn from others. She told us:
“Being part of the steering group is a chance to share my knowledge and experience with others, and to learn more from them.
I would also like to contribute to national policies on the current and future role of the PA as a skilled professional, with training pathways and opportunities to develop their role in specialised fields.
I believe I can offer a wide variety of practical experience and support to implement the PA framework and the role of the PA as a profession of choice.
There are four PA networks in East Sussex that I support and have an active mailing list of over 500 PAs in the county who are kept up to date on any training or development opportunities.
I’m also the training advisor and trainer for the East Sussex ‘Support with Confidence’ scheme, which ensures potential and new PAs have the training they need to deliver high quality person-centred support to individuals East Sussex. This includes those that employ PA’s as well as the numerous people in our community who would prefer to have a PA and pay for their own support needs.”
Renee’s also part of other local groups which helps her bring a wealth of knowledge and a very practical element to the steering group.
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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.