Employing a Personal Assistant
A personal assistant (PA) can be employed if you need care and support to enable you to live as independently as possible at home. Personal assistants can provide help with your care and support needs.
You can search the PA Register for PAs available in your area. The PAs registered here have been trained and DBS checked by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services, giving you the assurance they meet our standards.
If you would like more information regarding personal assistants or about registering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Care Staff and Personal Assistants
Help protect yourself. Get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
This has been the most challenging 12 months many of us can remember. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our clinical and scientific colleagues have been working around the clock to develop a vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus. Following extensive trials, two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available, with a third approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and expected to be available later in the year.
As a colleague working in frontline health or social care – including those working in the independent and voluntary sector, contracted services, and students and trainees on placements - you are at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, which is why you are among the first groups to be offered the vaccine.
The NHS is working hard to offer vaccines to everyone in this group over the coming weeks and we strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as you are offered it.
Ensuring our fantastic staff are kept safe is an extremely high priority for us, but in addition to that, by getting the vaccine you can protect yourself from the virus so you can continue to be there for your family, friends, and those you care for.
As with any medicine, COVID-19 vaccines have gone through strict approval processes. The MHRA have assessed both vaccines that are available and approved them for use because they have a good safety record and are highly effective, with both vaccines offering a high level of protection from illness from two weeks after the first dose. The vaccines cannot give you coronavirus and will help keep you well if you come into contact with it – meaning you can continue to be there for the people that need us at this incredibly difficult time.
Your employer or a local vaccination team will make arrangements to ensure 100% of eligible staff are able to get vaccinated. If you haven’t had an invite yet, please talk your employer or get in touch using the email provided below.
The vaccine is our best defence against this virus, and the key to a return to normal life. It is important to remember that until more people are vaccinated, and the virus is in retreat, we must maintain our efforts to keep ourselves and those we work with safe. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is crucial that we all continue to follow all of the guidance on preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace, and outside of it.
As people who work directly with some of those who are most vulnerable, we have a collective duty both to protect ourselves for their sake, and to lead by example.
So please join us in taking this important step and get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are invited to. Thank you for your continued hard work for those who count on us.
Please email: Vaccinations.CV19@cambridgeshire.gov.uk if you have any questions or concerns.
Personal assistants can provide help with your care and support needs including:
- getting out and about
- meeting people, socialising and leisure activities
- personal care, washing and bathing
- cooking and preparing food
- getting in and out of bed and chairs
- taking medication
- getting to and using the toilet
- assisting with banking, paying bills and collecting pensions or benefits
Personal assistants are usually employed by people who:
- are in receipt of a personal budget for their care and support
- are directing their own care through their own individual budgets
- are funding their own care and support.
PA Vetting Service
Peterborough City Council commissions Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS) to manage the PA Register.
PAs will complete an application form and provide satisfactory references.
They will need to provide proof of having a DBS check and will be required to pay for a new one before they strart work.
Working as a personal assistant can be very rewarding and a PA can make a difference to a person's life, making it possible for them to continue to live independently. Please take a few minutes to look at the information provided about the role of the PA, that is involved, and how to get the most from the site.
If you want to work in social care, you can ask to be registered on the local Personal Assistants (PA) Register which lists PAs in Peterborough, enabling them to advertise their skills and availability to potential employers who have social care support needs. You will be helping to empower them to live as independently as possible.
To join the register, you are required to download and complete a number of forms which can be found on PCVS's website:
- an application pack and monitoring form
- sign a Code of Conduct
- agree to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check
- undertake e-learning training modules following a successful application
Please return the above completed forms to:
- FAO: Faith Boys
Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service
32-34 Cromwell Road
Benefits of being a personal assistant
- Access to training
- potential employers can view your professional profile at any time
- employers have the assurance you have met council standards
- access to monthly support groups for personal assistants in Peterborough.
You can find more information on PCVS's community blog.