Training For Personal Assistants
What training do Personal Assistants need?
Because their role and the tasks they undertake can vary widely there is no 'list' of training that a PA should do. Some PAs will already have the skills and experience needed, but sometimes the person they are helping has needs which require more or specialist training. It is an employer's responsibility to make sure that they and their PA remain safe and healthy whilst the PA is doing their job and this includes any training the PA needs.
Some Personal Assistants may also opt to do training because they want to increase their knowledge and skills or increase their chance of employment.
'Free' training for PA's who join the PA Register
Personal Assistants who want to be included on the Milton Keynes Personal Assistant Register will be able to access on-line training provided by https://greymatterlearning.co.uk.
- PA’s who have not completed Adult Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Act training within the last 3 years MUST complete both of these modules. These will be free of charge and completion will be verified by the PA Register administrator.
- PA’s may optionally complete additional modules based on the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate. A maximum of 13 modules will be available free of charge and completion will be verified by the PA Register administrator.
- Further modules may be completed but there may be a charge to the PA or their employer to cover the cost of verification by the PA Register administrator. This should be discussed with the PA Register administrator BEFORE any course is begun.
Recommended modules are as follows:
|Training module||Task/ support undertaken|
|Care Certificate||Personal Care, Live in Care, holiday support away from home|
|Food Hygiene||Meal preparation / help to eat and drink|
|Handling information||Administration / Household Bills, Budgeting Support|
|Manual handling||Personal Care, Live in Care, holiday support away from home|
|Privacy and Dignity||Personal Care, Live in Care, holiday support away from home|
Other training sources
There is a wide variety of training available depending on the subject and what method of learning best suits the individual PA. These include:
- PAs may be able to access training through the programme of Courses offered by the Milton Keynes Professional Development Centre. There may be an additional cost for this.
- Local specialist nurses / health services may be able to offer training.
- Skills for Care offer training resources and information and also funding help
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have online e-learning
There are also a wide variety of commercial trainers and courses, details of these can be found online. If you need advice about selecting a course you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 2 February 2021