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Personal and domestic care and personal assistants

Personal assistants

Working as a personal assistant

Working as a personal assistant (PA) can be very rewarding as you will be helping someone to live as independently as possible. 

You may work with people who need care and support because they are physically disabled, learning disabled or have mental health issues. You could work for a parent who is employing a PA to help support a child under the age of 18.

Anyone can be a personal assistant if they enjoy helping people and can build a strong, trusting bond with their employer. Most employers look for someone they feel they can get along with who is reliable and trustworthy.

Because you are working with an individual employer, you may find the job has specific training needs, for example moving and handling. Your employer should make sure you get the training you need to work safely.

Your employer may be able to get funding from Skills for Care to help you develop your skills.

Employing a personal assistant

Employing a PA can give you greater control over how your needs are met and a more flexible way of managing your support. If you receive a direct payment you can use it to pay for a PA.

If you are considering employing a friend or relative as a personal assistant, please read our guide.

Personal assistant network

You can use our online personal assistant network (PA network) if you are looking for someone to work for you as a PA or if you are looking for work as a PA.

People looking for a personal assistant will be searching for specific support to best suit their situation. When you register on the PA network it's therefore important that you include as much information about you, your skills, abilities and availability. 

We have not vetted anyone on the PA network and cannot accept any liability for the accuracy of information provided by individual PAs. We recommend that you interview people and check references and qualifications. We strongly recommend you carry out DBS/CRB checks on all PAs, whether or not you recruit through the PA network.

We may remove any entries at our discretion.