Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA)
Social Care Personal Assistants (commonly
known as ‘PAs’) are employed to support people because of their age
or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Being employed as a PA is not just about supporting someone with
their personal care. The majority of PAs are employed to support
people with tasks such as domestic chores and assisting people to
carry out social activities.
PAs are employed directly by people who
receive a direct payment to arrange and
pay for their support. Personal assistants are not employed by Neath Port Talbot
Register as a Personal Assistant (PA)
Complete an online registration form to begin
the short process to become a personal assistant and be added to
the PA Register. The PA Register is a list of PAs who have been
deemed suitable for employment for someone needing support. PAs can
match themselves to someone they would be interested in supporting
by searching through the current PA vacancies page.
Current PA Vacancies
View and apply for the PA vacancies that are
currently available in Neath Port Talbot. You can apply for current
vacancies while you are going through the process to be placed on
the PA Register.
What is the role of a PA?
The duties of a PA vary widely and depend on
what the person would like to do – what kind and when they need the
support outlined in their care and support plan.
This could include supporting the person
- domestic chores (e.g. cooking, cleaning,
- social and leisure activities – (e.g.
assistance to attend activities in the community)
- work and education – (e.g. assisting someone
to and from work or college)
- personal care (e.g. assisting someone to wash
and get dressed)
Why do people choose to become a PA?
The main reasons include:
- a good rate of pay
- flexible working arrangements (fit working
around your day-to-day commitments)
- no previous experience needed
- training opportunities & accredited
qualifications to develop skills
- making a real difference to improve someone’s
- finding a local job close to where you
What training and support will I receive as a PA?
We will provide a full training programme
which will give you the skills and confidence you need to carry out
your job effectively. This includes fully accredited courses
such as manual handling, food hygiene, safeguarding and first
Our dedicated Direct Payments Support Service
will assist you through the whole process of becoming a PA and can
also provide you with on-going support.
How do I become a PA?
You can register to begin the process to
become an approved PA by completing our online
After completing the online registration form,
a member of the Direct Payments Support Service will contact you to
begin the process to be placed on the PA Register. The process will
include carrying out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check,
signing the PA Code of Conduct, identifying training opportunities
and answering any queries you may have.
How do I view the current vacancies that are available?
You can apply for PA vacancies through
Vacancies’ page. You do not have to wait to become an
approved PA before starting to apply for vacancies.
Who can I contact for further information?
You can contact the Direct Payments Support
Service on 01639 686812 or email email@example.com
Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) Leaflet