Using the Personal Assistant Register – Information for people looking for a PA

What does a Personal Assistant do?

A Personal Assistant, or PA, is someone who can assist you with your care or support needs in your own home or the community; this can include tasks such as:

  • Helping with personal care (washing, using the toilet or bathing)
  • Preparing food and drinks
  • Assisting with shopping or paying bills
  • Helping you access social or leisure activities

By having your own PA you can choose who supports you and when and you can choose someone with similar interests.

Milton Keynes Council Personal Assistants (PA) Register

You can use the Milton Keynes Council Personal Assistants (PA) Register to help you find a suitable person.

All the PAs on the Register have been checked by Milton Keynes Council, our checks include:

  • an identity check
  • current “Right to Work” in the United Kingdom.
  • The PA must have completed a minimum of Adult Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Act training within the last 3 years

Before adding a PA to the register we will also carry out an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and we require that this is updated at least 5 yearly.

Using the PA Register allows you to see the information for each PA and makes it easier to compare and choose the right person for you. You can search the register to help you find exactly the type of help that you need. If you are interested in a PA you can use the ‘Pin Button’ to create your own short list. When you have decided which PA(s) you would like to interview you can then contact him/her.

Most PAs are directly employed by the person that they are assisting although some PAs work on a self-employed basis. (Please refer to Employing someone to work in your home)

 

Last Updated: 3 February 2020