Direct Payment Support Service
Having a Direct Payment gives you the opportunity to purchase your own support. This could mean setting up a contract with the care agency of your choice, paying for activities in your community or employing your own support staff. We are here to support you to:
- Explain what a Direct Payment is and how it can work for you or your loved one
- Help you to recruit and employ your own support staff
- Support you to choose a suitable agency or provider
- Signpost you to other helpful organisations
- Provide a payroll service and /or manage your money for you
- Support you to manage your staff and your Direct Payment
- Introduce you to other people who use Direct Payments
We have various helpful factsheets explaining how Direct Payments work:
Direct Payments Employing a PA PA Pensions Self-Employed PAs
PA Holiday PA Sickness
If you are already using a Direct Payment and are looking for a Personal Assistant (PA) to employ, then you can register on our PA Recruitment website www.find-a-pa.co.uk. You can create your own profile on the site and search for and message PAs who are looking for work in your area. You can also access our recruitment handbook www.employ-a-pa.co.uk for useful advice and templates.
Our Direct Payment Drop In Cafe normally runs every month on the second Tuesday but for the next few months we will be offering Employer Training during these sessions as follows. Training is for those who already employ their own staff and also those who might be thinking of employing staff in the future. Click on the links for further information and to book.
Recruiting and employing a PA: How to find support staff, use our find-a-pa website and budgeting.
8th October 2019 – 13.00 – 16.00 Book here
Successful interview and selection of PAs: How to interview and what checks to make.
12th November 2019 -13.00 – 16.00 Book here
Engaging a PA: How to make a contract, insurance and setting house rules.
10th December 2019 from 13.00 – 16.00 Book here
Maintaining the PA relationship: All about boundaries, supervision and PA conduct.
14th January 2020 – 13.00 – 16.00 Book here
Training for PAs
We offer a range of training for PAs, from first aid at work to understanding dementia and other conditions. To down load full details please click here.
Paula, Kirsty, Dorian, Vicky and Lucy are here to help. To find out more, call 020 8831 6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For payroll call 020 8831 6270 or email email@example.com