What is a Personal Assistant (PA)?
A personal assistant (PA) is someone who is employed to support children and adults with care and support needs, allowing them to be as independent as practicably possible.
Personal Assistants are able to support with a wide range of tasks, this list is not exhaustive and each service user has individual needs which are detailed in their support plans. Tasks may include:
Personal Care: washing and dressing, toileting
Meal preparation: supporting with meal preparation or heating a meal
Social inclusion: supporting individuals to access the local community and places of interest, promoting independence
What skills do you need to become a PA?
The key skills to being a good PA are:
- listening to the needs of others
- flexibility in your approach
Personal assistants can be directly employed by the service user or self-employed.
If you require any further information regarding this please contact the Direct Payment support worker on 01572 720 958.
We would like you to have up to date Safeguarding Training and any other training that is relevant to the client that you will be supporting.
If you do not have this in place we can assist you to source the relevant training.
Becoming a personal assistant in Rutland
To have your details placed on Rutland County Councils Personal Assistant database, you need to have a current enhanced DBS Certificate which is transferrable.
If you do not have this, we are able to process this for you at a cost of £54.
There is a short application form to complete and we request two references - one of these must be from your current employer.
Once you have received your DBS Certificate and we have received two satisfactory references, we will add your name to the PA List.
You can state that you wish to work with children and young people, adults, or both.
We will also send you a link to Rutland Information Service, where you can add your own personal profile. People looking for a PA use this site, and will contact you if they are interested in using your services.
For any further information regarding becoming a Personal Assistant please contact the Direct Payment Support Worker at Rutland County Council: 01572 720 958
Personal Assistants in Rutland support a range of people from children and young people with special educational needs or a disability to adults who need some support to stay independent. This may include supporting a child or young person to participate in various social activities of their choice such as going to clubs, the cinema, swimming, bowling, going shopping, attending classes, sporting activities, meeting friends or helping them to develop independent skills such as using public transport. For adults it may be providing personal care, taking them shopping or helping them attend a community group.
To be included on the Rutland PA list, you will need to complete an application form. Once we receive this, we will write to your 2 referees for up to date references. We will also need a current DBS check carried out by Rutland County Council. If you have subscribed to the portable online facility we can access your DBS check through this, so please provide us with details. If you do not have a current RCC DBS check we are happy to carry this out for you at the standard DBS charge rate. We will also need to check your latest safeguarding training and signpost you to training if this is not up to date.
Once this is all in place you will be able to upload your profile to our PA Finder on the Rutland Information Service Website. Families, young people and adults looking for PA s are then signposted to this page and will contact you directly to discuss their needs and requirements.