Become a personal assistant
Calling all personal assistants
Are you on the Register?
Social care for adults is changing. Under the new national system of social care, people can get their social care and support in a range of ways. They have the freedom to control the type of assistance they receive, and who they receive it from.
This means more flexibility for those that need help. They could use different businesses and services in their local area to help them live as independently as possible for longer in their own homes.
To make the most of this opportunity, people who are buying their own care, whether funded by social care or privately, may choose to employ a personal assistant who can provide the exact care and support that they need when they need it so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes.
We have created an Online Register in association with Blue Sky Brokers (Disability Direct) for all personal assistants who support disabled/older people.
What is the Register?
The aim of the Register is to make it easier for customers to find personal assistants and for personal assistants to have a place to advertise their skills and availability, therefore creating a more productive service.
What is in it for me?
- greater chance of finding employment
- free advertising
- free to access.
What training is included for personal assistants?
Access to training giving you the key skills and knowledge needed to offer a high standard of care and support to a vulnerable adult. This training is essential to help you understand how to provide safe and lawful care in an effective way. There will be a charge for any courses you attend. We recommend contacting Training Services on 01332 641229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training requirements as they may be able to create a tailored training package for you.
Areas may include:
- Introduction to Social Care
- Basic Moving and Handling
- Working Safely
- Food Hygiene Awareness
- Emergency First Aid
- Putting dignity at the heart of Social Care.
Do I need to sign up to a Code of Conduct?
In joining this register you need to agree to a Code of Conduct, which specifies a set of standards that is designed to ensure personal assistants are equipped to deliver good quality services to customers.
The code of conduct is also at the end of the application form.
Do I need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check?
You will need to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau check) if you want to offer any Regulated Activities.
Regulated Activities include:
- personal care
- escorting to appointments
- preparing meals - but only if this includes feeding the person
- transport - but only if this is to hospital or medical appointments.
You can find out more about the Disclosure and Barring Service check in the Frequently Asked Questions page.
How do I get on the register?
If you’re interested in becoming a personal assistant and supporting people in Derby, please complete the online application form.
How can I find out more?
To find out more about being a personal assistant you can visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you would like to know more about the Register itself, please contact us.