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Personal assistants

Personal Assistants (PAs) are employed to help people who need social care and health or health care support, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible in their home.

PAs can help carry out a wide range of tasks including:

  • personal care such as helping someone get washed and dressed
  • health related tasks
  • cleaning and housework
  • shopping services
  • preparing meals
  • leisure and recreation activities
  • helping someone to get involved in their local community
  • supporting someone at their work.

Working as a Personal Assistant can be rewarding, challenging and varied as well as offering flexible working patterns to suit your other commitments.

Personal Assistants can be employed directly by one employer, or they can work for a number of different employers. Personal Assistants can also work as part of a team of Personal Assistants who are employed by and supporting an individual. People who employ Personal Assistants are either in receipt of a Personal Budget (Local Authority), Personal Health Budget (NHS) or pay privately (self-funding).

For more information about being a PA visit Skills for Care – Being a PA.

If you are interested in becoming a PA, you can apply to join our Support with Confidence scheme.

Support with Confidence

Support with Confidence is a Local Authority scheme for people who are wanting to work, or are currently working as a Personal Assistant and who wish to be accredited, be on our register and promote themselves on Nottinghamshire Help Yourself.

The Support with Confidence scheme includes:

  • training including e-learning courses (to be completed within two months)
  • two references as part of your application
  • an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • understanding how to meet our code of conduct

This is free for Personal Assistants applying to join the scheme and you will have up to three months to complete your application. Once you have successfully completed your application and been accredited, your details will be added to our register and directory of PAs on Nottinghamshire Help Yourself and anyone looking to employ a Personal Assistant for support will be able to contact you.

See the Support with confidence factsheet.

Apply to become a personal assistant

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself

We are promoting Nottinghamshire Help Yourself as the first place for people to look for services who are needing health and social care support. Joining the scheme may increase your chances of finding work (although this cannot be guaranteed). If you are offered a job, your employer will pay you directly and will be responsible for your employee contributions and employment rights.

Find out more

Contact our Support with Confidence Team by:

Looking for a Personal Assistant

If you are looking for support for yourself then visit our I'm looking for a personal assistant page.

If you are interested in caring for someone in your own home, find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer.

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