Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA)

What is a Social Care Personal Assistant?

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.

How do I become a PA?

View and apply for the PA vacancies that are currently available in Neath Port Talbot. 

Applying for a job – Already registered

If you are interested in applying for a vacancy and have previously registered as a Personal Assistant with the Direct Payments Support Service, please contact the team on 01639 686812 quoting the reference number of the job you would like to apply for.

Alternatively, you may email pa-registration@npt.gov.uk. If your application is over 1 year old we may ask you to update your previous registration to ensure that details, employment history, training record etc. are current.

Please note NPTCBC is advertising this post on behalf of an individual employer. You will be an employee of the Direct Payment Recipient and not of NPTCBC

Applying for a Job – Not registered

If you would like to apply for a job please complete the registration form that can be found through the “apply now” link at the bottom of each vacancy description on our current vacancies page.

You will only need to do this form once so if you would like to be considered for multiple jobs please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01639 686812 or via email at pa-registration@npt.gov.uk quoting the reference numbers of any additional jobs you would like to be considered for.

Please note NPTCBC is advertising this post on behalf of an individual employer. You will be an employee of the Direct Payment Recipient and not of NPTCBC

Current PA Vacancies

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 with:

  • domestic chores (e.g. cooking, cleaning, shopping)
  • 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 life
  • finding a local job close to where you live

 

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 aid.

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.

 

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01639 686812 or email pa-registration@npt.gov.uk 

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