Personal assistant vacancies

Are you reliable, able to work flexibly, have good communication skills, and willing to learn how to meet the individual needs of the person you are supporting?

If you think you can make a positive difference in someone’s life, you may be interested to find out more about the Personal Assistant vacancies we advertise on behalf of disabled people in the North East

Personal Assistant duties may include assisting with personal care, social and educational opportunities, and accessing community facilities.

For further information on the role of the PA please visit Skills for Care and Care for others make a difference website

Or why not have a quick go at this short interactive quiz

Did you know that Disability North have a PA register for employers to access who are looking for PAs. If you a PA looking for extra hours, someone who may be currently furloughed or an employer looking for extra support then why not sign up to our PA register

For Employers

If you would like to use our website or further services to support you in recruiting a Personal Assistant please contact

Vici Richardson at vicirichardson@disabilitynorth.org.uk or 0191 2840480 / 07933834666

Further information can also be found http://www.disabilitynorth.org.uk/how-we-help-you/direct-payments-and-personal-health-budgets/

After discussing your needs with our team please use this link to pay the £6 for the advert placement.

 

 

UPDATE 19/06/2020

At Disability North we have continued to work with Direct Payment employers throughout the North East during this challenging time. The need for support is still there and PAs are a vital part of supporting disabled people in our area. A few weeks ago I was approached by someone who needed to recruit a full team of PAs to cover a 24/7 package.  My first thought was how are we going to recruit in the middle of a pandemic, are people looking for jobs right now and do they want to go on the frontline?

We put an advert up and within a week we had 10 good applications. To date they have had 18 applications. I discussed with them how I could support to interview and we discussed the subject of video interviews as at the time our building could not be open to the public.

At this current time our recommendations are still to conduct interviews virtually, and I have done a lot of research on virtual interviews in order to provide advice on this. However it is not always possible for someone to make a judgement based on a video interview, some people do not have the technology and are not comfortable with the technology and in some cases it would just add too much pressure onto our employers. We understand that our employers do not have the luxury of being able to suspend recruitment as their support needs do not disappear during a pandemic if anything, they can be greater.

This week we have made the decision to open our building for employers who need to interview PAs in person or want our support to do virtual interviews. We will ensure we are complying with all the government guidance and social distancing will be in force. We are fortunate to have plenty of space. Employers will be informed of the procedures before hand and candidates will receive information on invite to interview so that they can then make an informed decision on whether to attend. Everyone will receive a letter to ask them that if they have symptoms or if they have been asked to isolate for whatever reason they must not attend the interview. We will offer video calls as alternatives as far as possible.

It has been a challenging time, but we are really pleased to be able to start to reopen some face to face work in supporting our employers.

Over the next couple of weeks we will have invited 20 potential PAs to interview either virtually or in person.

Our vice chair Lucy Reynolds is an experienced employer and she has recently used virtual interviews as a first stage in her recruitment process, she then used our building to interview a potential PA face to face and we are delighted that this was successful and the PA is now undergoing the safe recruitment checks.  https://vimeo.com/430725292

If you are based in the North East and looking for support in recruiting PAs or want to use our Recruitment Service please do get in touch on 0191 2840480 or directpayments@disabilitynorth.org.uk

Vici Richardson

Community Care and Personalisation Adviser

 

 

 

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