The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support
- 4 weeks
- Weekly study
- 2 hours
- Start date
- Date to be announced
Find out about the new role of personal assistants in disability support, and how to improve working relationships in the area.
Disabled people can now receive funding from their local authority to employ a personal assistant. While this gives them more personalised care in their own home, it also turns them into an employer.
This online course explores the role of personal assistance, and the risks and opportunities associated with it.
The course will encourage you to discuss ways to avoid and/or manage personal conflicts, whether you’re a disabled person or a personal assistant. It’s based on new evidence about the close working relationship between disabled people and their support workers – and how to improve it.
- Introduction to Independent Living and Personal Assistance
- Recruitment: finding the right fit
- What sort of personal assistance relationship works for you?
- Understanding potential difficulties in personal assistance relationships
- Understanding and managing practical difficulties
- Understanding and managing personal difficulties
- Understanding and managing process difficulties
- Understanding and resolving conflict
- Moving forward with personal assistance relationships
By the end of the course, you'll:
- Gain knowledge on the working relationships between personal assistants and employers
- Have developed your own personal views about the personal assistance model
- Have developed your skills as a personal assistant or employer
- Gain insight into what a good working relationship looks like
- Learn how you would resolve conflict in a working relationship
This course is designed for disabled people, current or prospective personal assistants, and anyone else who’s interested in disability support and how this new role has evolved in the UK and other parts of the world.