PA Register – Meet Raj Johal
Who will support you?
My name is Raj Johal and as well as managing the Blue Sky Brokers team, I monitor the PA Register. I have been with Disability Direct since June 2009 and have always been involved with independent living.
I speak fluent Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu and have over 10 years’ experience in working within the community
The PA Register ties in very well with the work I do with the Blue Sky Brokers team making recruitment an easier task for many people.
What does the project do?
Social care for adults is changing. Under the new national system of social care, people can get their social care and support in a range of ways. They have the freedom to control the type of assistance they receive, and who they receive it from. This means more flexibility for those that need help. They could use different businesses and services in their local area to help them live as independently as possible for longer in their own homes.
To make the most of this opportunity, people who are buying their own care, whether funded by social care or privately may choose to employ a personal assistant who can provide the exact care and support that they need when they need it so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes.
In association with Derby City Council we have created an Online Register for all Personal Assistants who support disabled/older people and are looking for further work.
The aim of the Register is to make it easier for Customers to find Personal Assistants and for Personal Assistants to have a place to advertise their skills and availability, therefore creating a more productive service.
How does it work?
Anyone interested in becoming a PA or looking for extra work can register themselves on the site by filling in an application form. The applications are published on the site and some details are available for a prospective employer to search through. The employer can then contact the PA directly and arrange a convenient time and place for an interview.
What information is available for me to see?
Name, contact details, experience, hobbies, areas willing to work, rates of preferred pay and more. Follow the link below to take a look.
Is training available for the PA’s?
Yes, training is being provided for a fee by Derby City Council for anyone who requires it and is on the register.
The training includes:
- Introduction to Social Care
- Basic Moving & Handling
- Working Safely
- Food Hygiene Awareness
- Emergency First Aid
- Putting Dignity at the Heart of Social Care
You can access funding for training through Skills for Care http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Home.aspx
Are the PA’s DBS (formally CRB) checked?
Yes, all applicants will have current checks. Further information is available on the website at www.derby.gov.uk/personalassistant
The PA Register
Email : Raj.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 01332 404040 ext 3