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For guidance on Coronavirus and the latest information on the situation in Devon, visit Devon County Council's Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page.

Devon personal assistant (PA) network

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This network is provided free of charge by Devon County Council to assist people to find a personal assistant PA and for PAs to list their services.

Please be aware that PAs listed on this website are not employed by Devon County Council. A PA will either be employed by an individual who requires support or will be self-employed. The PA’s on this site have not been checked by or endorsed by Devon County Council. For more information please read our terms and conditions.

A PA is employed by someone who needs social care, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible. This could include helping with shopping, household tasks, supporting people to access community resources like the library as well as community activities and leisure facilities. A PA can also help with personal care such as bathing and getting dressed.  If you are thinking about becoming a PA see the guide from Skills for Care.

Anyone considering employing a PA should take steps to make sure that the PA has all the necessary paperwork before they are employed. More information about employing a PA can be found in our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Useful information for Personal Assistants

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information
Information specifically for PAs can be found on the Devon County Council Provider Engagement Network including:

  • PPE
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Lateral flow testing (PCR testing)
  • Vaccination for PAs
  • Other information

Advertising your PA service

This PA network can help you offer your services as a PA. Find a PA vacancy now.

You can also list your own advert. Sign up for an account and give as much detail as possible about the services you offer. This will help prospective clients choose the most appropriate assistant for them. Create an advert now.

Working as a PA
You can choose to work as either an employed or self-employed PA. As a PA you are not regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

You should be willing to provide the following for the person that you are working for:

  • proof of your right to work in the UK 
  • any relevant training and qualifications
  • previous employment references 
  • if you are self-employed, your HMRC confirmation of registration as self-employed
  • if you are self-employed, proof of liability insurance 
  • a current Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check

More information and guidance about working as a PA can be found in our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section.

It's important to develop your skills and knowledge as a personal assistant so that you are able to offer care and support to people.

You can find out more about what training is available through Skills for Care.

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Useful information for employers

Advertising for a PA
This PA network can help you find someone who can offer care and support. Find a PA now.

If you are unable to find a PA you can advertise your requirements on this network. Create an advert now.

Alternatively, you could use a care agency. Care agencies employ carers to help you in your own home. Unlike PAs, these agencies must be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Recruiting a Personal Assistant
You may not think of yourself as an employer but if you employ your own PA using a direct payment, your own money, a personal care or health budget or other means, that’s exactly what you are.

It is the responsibility of the employer to follow a recruitment process and be satisfied that a PA is competent and capable to carry out the tasks required and to check the credentials of their Personal Assistant.

We encourage employers to seek a minimum of two references from a PA and ask for proof of:

  • right to work in the UK 
  • any relevant training and qualifications
  • HMRC confirmation of registration as self-employed
  • proof of liability insurance if the worker is self employed
  • a current DBS check

More information and guidance about employing a PA can be found on our 'Frequently Asked Questions' section.

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