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Support to employ personal assistants (PA)

Skills for Care has developed a toolkit to support people to employ their own personal assistants. This toolkit will help guide you through the process of employing a personal assistant, what to do when they are working for you as well as helping you to understand your responsibilities as an employer and your legal obligations.

The toolkit has several sections covering the following subjects like:

  • Benefits of employing a personal assistant
  • Recruiting a personal assistant
  •  Before your personal assistant starts
  • Managing your personal assistant
  • Training and qualifications 
  • Sorting out problems

It also has templates available for some of the bits of paperwork you might need, templates like:

  • sample job description and person specification
  • sample application form
  • interview checklist and sample interview questions
  • sample letter inviting people for an interview
  • sample letter telling people they’ve not got an interview
  • sample letter asking for a reference
  • sample letter offering the job
  • sample letter turning down an applicant
  • sample contract of employment
  • safety in the home checklist
  • sample risk assessment
  • sample disciplinary form

 

You can download or print the documents direct from the Skills for Care website, alternatively you can email Skills for Care and ask them to send them you a paper copy (see their website for details)

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