Care Academy Free training available to personal assistants (PAs) and their employers For many people, using their direct payments to employ a personal assistant in care is a very good option. It allows you to be in control of who helps you in your daily life and your care. Free training for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants (PAs). New for 2019 - Self help via online learning plus new employer and PA induction training. This means, however, that you become an employer, which involves a certain amount of knowledge. At The Disability Resource Centre, we can help you through this process. Our induction courses will teach you how to look after your employees and meet regulations. In addition, we provide training to enhance the skills of your personal assistant, with general and bespoke training courses, all meeting the standards of the Care Certificate, as well as training in specific health conditions. To achieve the care certificate qualification all our workshop attendees will need to arrange an assessment in their place of work, by their employer. This free training is available for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants. If you are a newly-employed, or existing personal assistant, we will help you improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role. We have secured funding for the training programme for the second half of 2019 and will post dates for courses here soon. Our courses are also available to external agencies. Please contact us for prices. The Care Certificate is aimed at health and social care workers, both those already in employment, and those starting a new job. By attending the following workshops marked by an asterisk (*), you could complete all the knowledge based elements of the Care Certificate. All workshops take place at The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP. For more information please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more. Workshops for employers Induction programme to help you understand your new role Recruitment of PAs Equality and diversity Attend PA workshops Workshops for PAs Understand your role How to work in a person-centered manner How to communicate well Maintaining privacy and dignity Your duty of care Safeguarding Moving and handling Basic life support Health and safety Infection prevention & control Fluids and nutrition How to handle information Awareness sessions can include specific health conditions such as deafness, autism, dementia & mental health. Support groups for employers and PAs Learn from other people doing the same role as you. Care Academy workshops leading to the Care Certificate The training is mapped to the Care Certificate to ensure that it meets the industry standards and results in the highest quality of care. The Care Certificate provides really important and worthwhile training to help in your role, and promote your career development. It forms the building blocks to further progression to a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. If you are interested in becoming a Personal Assistant (PA), we have drop in sessions on Fridays from 10am - 12noon for you to find out about becoming a personal assistant in care. Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.