Working as a Personal Assistant (PA)

What is a Personal Assistant (PA) in health or social care?

A Personal Assistant (sometimes called a PA or a carer) is employed by people who need social care, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible. Personal Assistants (PAs) carry out a wide range of tasks as required by the employer so that they have greater independence and the ability to live their life more fully.

It's a great job if you want to work in health and social care and enjoy building relationships with people. It can give you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone's life.

If you want to work as a PA, then go ahead and create your profile. When someone looking for care (sometimes called an individual employer) sees your profile and feels you are a good match for them, they will get in touch to discuss employment.

What does the role of PA involve?

The job can be very flexible, offering part-time and full time work on different days and at different times. Some people become a personal assistant part time whilst also working in an entirely different job.

The role is suitable for people from all walks of life, from someone in college who may only want to work evening or weekends, to someone who is retired and may only want a few hours a week.

When you create your profile you can say what types of help and support you are comfortable to give. Each person is unique and will have their own support needs, however, typical duties can include:

  • Personal care, including assistance with bodily functions such as feeding, bathing, and toileting if required; taking food, refreshment and medication; mobility; bed making; monitoring and recording temperature, pulse, respiration etc.
  • Healthcare tasks such as dressings, catheter management, administration of medication.
  • Support to assist with living independently as far as possible, including assistance as necessary with meal preparation, cooking, cleaning and domestic activities, shopping, social and leisure activities, attending appointments, administration and paperwork, assisting with pets and gardening, generally assisting with overall comfort and well being; providing interest and activities to stimulate and engage.
  • Supporting the person while at work.
  • Helping to look after children and pets.
  • Supporting the person in their chosen activities such as shopping, meeting friends, going on holiday or gaining education.

I'd like to work as a PA, so what next?

  1. Create your online profile
  2. Wait for an employer to contact you (or view employer ads)
  3. Arrange an interview
  4. Negotiate working hours and rate of pay
  5. Sign a contract of employment
  6. Start work as a PA

I'd like to access training to become a better PA

Camden Council are offering a free training package for PAs registered with CamdenPAs. This is designed to give PAs the competencies and skills that employers require. Learn more about this offer here.

I have lots of questions, eg, what about safeguarding?

We have provided FAQs where we answer many common questions. We also link to organisations like Skills for Care who are experts in the field of PA work. If you have any further questions, then please get in touch.

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