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This factsheet introduces what you will be required to do to employ a PA using your Direct Payments. Independent Lives will take you through these processes and provide you with the knowledge and paperwork to become a good employer.
As a recipient of Direct Payments you will either need to set up a bank or building society account to receive your Direct Payment (DP) or in some areas a pre paid card will be set up for you by your funder.
Once your support plan is complete and you have planned how you will spend your direct payment (DP) you will need an employer budget to make sure that your planned costs are affordable and sustainable. This factsheet will guide you through the process of drawing up a workable and affordable employer budget to suit your specific circumstances.
Putting together an effective and workable staff rota will enable you to organise your personal assistance in a way which best supports your lifestyle. The aim of a staff rota is to ensure you have a good balance between flexibility for you and practicality for your PAs.
Councils and the NHS have a duty to offer Direct Payments to all eligible people. This includes people who lack the mental capacity to consent to them; where there is an ‘Authorised Person’ to receive and manage such payments on their behalf; and where it would be in their best interests to have Direct Payments.
To successfully recruit a Personal Assistant (PA) you will need to carefully define the requirements of the job (‘tasks and responsibilities’) and the type of person you need for the job e.g. skills, knowledge and experience. This is called a job description and person specification, ultimately it will form part of your PA’s employment contract.