Understanding the Role of the Personal Assistant

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, the training course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Voyage Care.

Using case studies and examples, this e-learning training course aims to give learners an insight into what a personal assistant's role is, how the recruitment and employment process works and the funding options available to people with learning disabilities.

The training course will also help learners to understand the importance of working closely with a person's PA, as well as others in their support network, in order to provide the people in their care with the assistance they need.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The study units are:

- What is a personal assistant?
- Funding and personalisation
- Establishing good working partnerships


The objectives for each study unit are that learners will be able to:

- Define the role of a personal assistant
- Give examples of a PA's responsibilities
- Explain why someone might want to employ a PA
- Describe how people go about employing a PA
- Access information about how to appoint a PA
- Explain the meaning of the terms direct payments, personal budgets and individual budgets
- Understand how these payments can be used to employ a PA
- Recognise how funding fits in with personalisation
- Describe what the aims are of Putting People First and Valuing People Now
- Suggest sources of advice and guidance for people wanting to recruit a PA
- Access support for people to help them to become effective employers
- Understand the importance of working with others in the support network
- Identify ways in which they can help to improve working partnerships in their own work situations

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