Personal Assistant (PA) Development

As a Personal Assistant, you play a vital role in the provision of health and social care in Doncaster. As part of this ‘wider workforce’ there is support available to help you provide excellent services and also to develop professionally in your role.


What is a Personal Assistant?

A personal assistant (sometimes called a PA or a support worker) is employed by a person who, due to their age or disability needs additional support to help them live as independently as possible in the way they choose. Being a PA can be both rewarding and challenging, but can also be a fulfilling career in social care and can lead to a variety of roles and career progression.

What training or development can I access?

The Council have a range of learning and development courses that you can access for free which includes some web-based e-learning training. You can also access more generic training like Moving and Handling, First Aid and/or more specific training to your job role like Diabetes, Dementia and Autism. A learning Guide specifically aimed at PA's and Carers has also now been developed.

Find out more:

LD Guide for Carers and PAs - 2018-19
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Mexborough Library
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Friends Meeting House
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Woodlands Library
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Conisbrough Library
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Vermuyden Centre Library
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What other learning and development opportunities?

The level 2 and 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) are nationally recognised and confirms competence in different areas of Health and Social Care. If you would like to find out more about this please e-mail:

Find out more:

Active Independence

Provide PA Peer Support: Active Independence 

Skills for Care

Provide information about being an employer or PA: Employment for Care and Support 

They can provide funding to your employer to pay for your training and any associated expenses such as paying for back-fill while you attend training: Skills for Care 


Last updated: 06 June 2018 13:33:04