Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future
Personal Assistant Apprenticeship
Young men and women from any background can enjoy an exciting career as a Personal Assistant supporting an individual in their own home who may have healthcare needs are require support on a daily basis. Are you caring, do you get on well with people, are you a good listener, do you like helping others? A Personal Assistant Apprenticeship could be the career path for you.
What is a Personal Assistant?
A personal assistant (sometimes called a PA or a support worker) is employed by people who need social care, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible. Personal assistants carry out a wide range of tasks as required by the employer, including support with things such as washing and getting dressed, cooking, feeding, and supporting people to go out and about so they have greater independence and the ability to live their life more fully.
Duties can include:
• Personal care, including assistance with bodily functions such as feeding, bathing, and toileting if required; taking food, refreshment and medication; mobility; bed making; monitoring and recording temperature, pulse, respiration etc.
• Healthcare tasks such as dressings, catheter management, administration of medication.
• Support to assist with living independently as far as possible, including assistance as necessary with meal preparation, cooking, cleaning and domestic activities, shopping, social and leisure activities, attending appointments, administration and paperwork, assisting with pets and gardening, generally assisting with overall comfort and well being; providing interest and activities to stimulate and engage.
• Supporting the person while at work.
• Helping to look after children and pets.
• Supporting the person in their chosen activities such as shopping, meeting friends, going on holiday or gaining education.
Independent Employers will expect:
• Flexibility – support the employer the way they want to be supported.
• Boundaries – understand the professional and personal boundaries.
• Adaptability – adapt to the context and circumstances of the employer.
• Motivation and self esteem – are important qualities to an employer
• Trust – very important quality that is central and underpins other areas about the PA.
• Privacy – the ability to keep things private and keep to ground rules about privacy.
• Culture – this relates to the life style of the individual and knowing how someone likes something done.
• Values and attitudes – employers value PAs who understand how to work on the basis of equality with their employer.
View the Skills for Care website for further information about becoming a Personal Assistant supporting someone in their own home