Covid 19 Testing and Vaccination for PAs
15th April 2021
Please check the current guidance relating to Covid19 testing and vaccination for your PAs. In brief, all PAs are entitled to a rapid Lateral Flow (LFT) test twice weekly, followed by confirming PCR testing for positive results. PAs should order their rapid LFT kits from the universal testing portal as the current portal closes on 26th April. Click HERE for full information.
Lateral Flow tests are only for those without symptoms, anyone with symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119. Click HERE to book your test.
Personal assistants are eligible for their Covid-19 vaccination as a frontline health and social care workers if any person they are caring for is clinically vulnerable to Covid-19.
PAs should now access an appointment for their vaccination by contacting their GP or any GP in the area they work in. If you cannot access an appointment via this route, or do not have an eligibility letter for your vaccination, then please contact your Local Authority vaccination lead on firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a PA?
A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone employed to assist a disabled child or young person with their day to day living. PA’s provide tailor-made support to meet an individual’s social and personal needs. No two PA roles are the same, the job description will set out the roles and responsibilities. This can range from supporting personal care needs to assisting a young person to access social opportunities and keep them safe.
Who can be a PA?
Anyone can become a PA provided you:
- Are eligible to work in the UK
- Do not live in the same house as the recipient of the Direct Payment
- Are willing to undergo an enhanced DBS check
Skill requirements will differ vastly depending on the needs of the young person requiring support. Any specific training or skills will be made clear in the job description and any required training will be provided.
Looking for work as a PA?
There are always families looking for PA’s and there are ways you can make yourself visible to these.
- Place your details on our PA Register. The PA register is only provided to families supported by Beams DP Service and enables you to let families know that you are available and what skills and experience you can offer. Complete the application form- PA Register Application Form
- Place an advert on our website to let families know you are available for work. Tell people about your experience and the locations you can work in.
- Contact us on email@example.com
Your PA Employment Rights
As a PA you will be employed directly by a family who is in receipt of a Direct Payment. The role of PA is an official role just like any other job and you are entitled to certain legal rights from your employer.
- To be paid at least the National Living wage
- To receive an itemised payslip
- Paid annual leave (5.6 weeks pro-rata per annum)
- Statutory Sick Pay (subject to meeting the minimum earnings level)
- Access to a Workplace Pension
You are entitled to protection against:
- Discrimination, harassment, and victimisation
- Inequality of pay for work of equal value
- Unlawful deductions from pay
- Dismissal due to pregnancy or whistle-blowing
Some rights depend on the length of service:
- Statutory maternity pay (after 6 months employment)
- Paternity leave (after 6 months employment)
- Unpaid Parental leave (after 1 year of employment)
- Redundancy payments (after 2 years of employment)