Employer Update Information

We thought it would be useful to pass on some of the key messages being sent out from Local Authorities, and Public health. We are also updating our website and sharing via our Facebook and Twitter platforms. We are living through ever changing times!

Important updates on Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Control for Individual Employers of Personal Assistants

If you are employing a Personal Assistant for your support and care needs it is increasingly important that you ensure all infection prevention and control measures remain in place and that PAs comply fully with them. It is also really important that you and your employees are up to date with the latest Public Health Guidance on reducing the transmission of the virus, which was updated on Monday 21st September. If you do become aware of confirmed or suspected cases in your PAs, it is crucial that you report this via the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) form so that our local Public Health team can work with you to take swift action to prevent the virus from spreading. You can access the SPOC form here.

Public Health England Guidance can be found here for advice on PPE in community and social care settings.

Risk assessments

The insurance company Mark Bates (Premier) has recently released some helpful guidance for anyone who has PAs returning from shielding or employers who have started to bring PAs back to work. This is particularly useful as we begin to move into the winter and cases locally are beginning to rise. So even if you have had PAs working all the way through the pandemic it is worth revisiting your risk assessment and discussing with PAs. A copy of the risk assessment can be downloaded here and you can also download this one that was developed by Disability Sheffield click here. You should discuss this with your PAs.

You will also need to keep a track of any visitors or staff within the home and Mark Bates have produced this handy worker/visitor tracker for you to use. You can access it here.

Free Flu injection.

Did you know that PAs can now access a free flu jab? A letter can be provided by your payroll service to confirm their PA status. Please click here for further information.

Last but not least please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Payroll, Benefits Advice Advice and Community Care are all still available to answer your questions.


The Ability North project offers a series of free personal training programmes funded by Sports England to be provided to people of the North East with disabilities, mobility issues, and mental health issues.


We’re delighted to be taking part in a wonderful North East fundraising initiative set to benefit multiple good causes across our region.

This is a FREE TO ENTER RAFFLE with the option to leave a donation. 

Please text ‘DISABILITYNORTH’ to 70085 (texts cost your standard network rate)

For details of the prizes for this month please see https://www.charityescapes.com/the-great-northern-raffle/ 


Hi everyone, we have big news!

We are so proud and super excited to tell you all about our new “Ability North” Project.

The Ability North Project offers series of free personal training programmes funded by Sport England to be provided to disabled people across the North East of England.

Our aim is to provide an opportunity to help people improve their health, fitness and wellbeing whilst building confidence to continue to keep active throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Each programme is 3 weeks in length and will be instructed by specialist trainer Jonathan Baker. The project is open to those with a wide variety of medical conditions and impairments such as:

  • Wheelchair users due to spinal cord injury, stroke, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Limb impairment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health issues
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment

Sessions will be held at Disability North’s fully accessible Dene Centre, on Mondays and Fridays between 10.00-14.30. The start date for sessions is Monday October 5th.

For more information and to apply for a space please contact Jonathan at 07712289225 or email info@motionnortheast.co.uk

If you require financial assistance to attend the sessions please speak to Jonathan about this when you enquire about your booking.