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Once you have a Direct Payment you will be able to employ your own staff. This means you advertise, interview and appoint the right people that you wish to support you with your daily living. Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living provide the Direct Payment Support Service for Wiltshire.
To start you off here is a template for a job advertisement that you can amend to suit your own needs job description.
Skills for Care have also developed a comprehensive toolkit for people to use when employing a Personal Assistant (P.A) They regularly revise and develop the toolkit which can be downloaded in word or audio format from the Skills for Care website.
The following can also help when employing personal assistants www.employingpersonalassistants.co.uk and www.smallbusiness.co.uk
Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living can provide your PA with the resource of coming into the office to use a dedicated laptop to access on-line training facilities. We can provide the password and username to log on to the training resource. This is supported by the Wiltshire & Swindon Skills for Care Department
The National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) produced A Rough Guide to Managing PA’s and they can be contacted on 020 7587 1663 or at www.ncil.org.uk.
It is important that you have the right advice when employing staff, as you have the same legal responsibility to your staff as any other employer and you need to be aware of those responsibilities’ and obligations. This includes ensuring that the correct forms are used once you have found a personal assistant who is right for you. The following are the forms you will need: New employee, New employer, P46, statement of employment. If there are any extra forms you require one of the independent living resource advsiors will be able to help.
You may also need a hand with calculating your personal assistants holiday entitlement. This tool will help you with this https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-holiday-entitlement/y/hours-worked-per-week/starting
Employers Liability Insurance
We also work with with Fish Insurance who are the main provider for Wiltshire County Council. Wiltshire County Council will pay for your insurance with Fish if you are adult in receipt of a direct payment.
Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living have an on-line PA Register for Employers looking for PA/Carers and PA/Carers looking for employment (SW-PA). Those in Wiltshire can register free here or follow the link on the home page. We will shortly be adding some answers to commonly asked questions about the PA Register, so watch this space!!
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is changing
On 1st December 2012, the CRB is merging with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The new name will be the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For more information visit their website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crbischanging