Personal Assistants

You can use your Direct Payment to hire a Personal Assistant (PA) to act as a homecare worker for you. This may allow you to have more choice and control over how your assessed needs are met. Personal assistants can offer continuity, familiarity and flexibility.

Find out more about eligibility for financial help from the Council towards paying for a PA. If you are eligible, complete a care assessment to identify if employing a PA is suitable for your needs.

If you employ a PA, you will then have the legal responsibility of an employer. This will include arranging cover for their illness and holidays. Find out more about employing a PA.

The Skills for Care website provides more information on Personal Assistants.

Recruiting a Personal Assistant

Contact the Direct Payment Support Team for access to the PA Register for Reading.

Alternatively, you can advertise the role independently. The Skills for Care toolkit on recruiting a PA provides step-by-step support on recruiting a PA.

Reading Borough Council recommends you do not interview in your own home, but instead meet in a public place, at a friend or relative’s house, or with at least one other person.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

It is Reading Borough Council policy that a DBS check (formerly known as CRB) is carried out on any person you wish to employ. The cost of a DBS check will be built into your personal budget, and we can provide you with a list of organisations who can undertake a DBS check for you.

Contract of Employment

Legally, you must give your employee a written statement of their main terms and conditions within two months of them starting the job. Please ensure that, if you make any changes to the Contract of Employment you have with your PA, you send an updated version to the Personal Budget Support Team.

Find out more about employing a PA.