A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone who is employed to provide everyday care and support. This may include personal and domestic care, support to get out and about, as well as other day-to-day activities.
A PA can offer the most control over services, as they are better able to support an individual's specific needs and promote independence.
Please find information on applying and also support for you as a PA below.
If you are thinking of becoming a Personal Assistant, Support with Confidence is a free scheme which allows you to be accredited, trained and promoted online.
- Benefits of Support with Confidence include:
- e-learning training courses
- two references as part of your application
- an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
- free promotion on www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk and www.asklion.co.uk, directories of services and providers in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City
The scheme is free for PAs. Once you have been accredited, your details will go live onto our directory of PAs on www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk and anyone looking for care and support will be able to contact you.
N.B. As part of the application process for the Support with Confidence Scheme you will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This provides reassurance to prospective employers about your honesty and trustworthiness enhancing your prospects of employment.
If You are working / looking to work as a self-employed PA, You may need to register with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as you may be a data controller under data protection legislation. You must check to see if this applies in your situation and can do so by checking on the Registration Self-assessment pages of the ICO website . Further guidance around data protection is also available on the ICO website.
It is the responsibility of a self-employed PA to assess whether they need to be registered with ICO.
Personal Assistant Directory
Working in Partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City we have developed a shared PA Directory.
This Directory enables people to look for available PAs or to advertise for PAs and for potential PAs to register through the Support with Confidence Scheme.
Once you have successfully completed your application and been accredited, your details will be added to the register and directory of PAs on Nottinghamshire Help Yourself. Anyone looking to employ a Personal Assistant for support will then be able to contact you.
You can also create a post for yourself for free by signing up to ASKLiON and creating a listing.
Skillsforcare information hub is for individual employers and personal assistants (PAs). They have developed tailored information and resources to help you on your journey.
Employing your own personal assistants gives you the choice and control over who supports you and when. Access useful information to help you along your way.
Working as a personal assistant (PA) can be a very rewarding career and there are lots of opportunities to progress.