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Information for PAs

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What is a Personal Assistant?

A Personal Assistant works directly with individuals to support them with their daily life.

As a PA you will be employed directly by a person who needs care and support, their family member or a representative.

You may provide support in the home, at leisure or at work.

What attracts people to the role?

  • Opportunity to work with one person
  • Variety of the role
  • No need for formal qualifications or a level of education

Information about being a PA

Skills for Care are a national organisation that promotes and supports people working in the health and social care. They have supported people employing their own PA’s and PA’s themselves for many years.

Visit the Skills for Care website to find out more information about working as a PA.

Training for PAs

Skills for Care - Funding for Training

Would you like to apply for funding of manual handling training for your Personal Assistants?

Who can apply?
The funding is aimed at those employing their own personal assistants. Adults who receive a personal health budget or a social care budget/direct payments, or both can apply. Children who receive a personal health budget can apply. What can the fund be used for? Moving and handling risk assessments and personalised plans with tailored moving and handling training delivered in your own home by expert healthcare professionals.

Who will be carrying out the risk assessment and training?
Elizabeth Hallows, Chartered Physiotherapist and Julia Maclean, Occupational Therapist, each have over 30 years of experience of working with clients in their own homes. They review the client’s manual handling needs, liaising with statutory services if needed and write clear manual handling risk assessments and handling plans which comply with legal requirements. They devise and deliver tailored moving and assisting training, in the client’s own home which is consistently well-evaluated.

How to apply?
If this is something that is of interest to you, Cherry Training would be happy to support you with your application to Skills for Care. Skills for Care will then consider your application.
If you are interested in applying please email David Mason, Training Manager, at or call David on 01260 734 028.
As this is a popular fund, we would advise that you let David know of your interest as soon as possible. More information is available from the Skills for Care website.

Local Information and Advice

If you need support with direct payments / personal budgets please call Bolton Council on:

 Tel: 01204 333333


If you need support with a personal health budget please call Bolton CCG on:

 Tel:  01204 462000

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Last reviewed: 11/09/2019