Introducing: The Personal Assistance (PA) Series

I’ve had great feedback from people on my Disabled at Uni series and my Adaptive Product Reviews series, so I’m starting a third. Both of those will be continued, but I’ve found people often have questions about how I manage my social care / NHS care, and it seemed worth starting to write a guide.

I want to cover questions of funding and assessment

In it, I’ll cover some information about funding, assessments etc both for adult social care and NHS continuing healthcare (although I am not a lawyer and I cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of this information, as it comes from personal experience and that learned from other PA users). I’ll also talk about the three main types of setup – agency, PA, and family/friends, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages thereof. I’ll talk from personal experience about all of those setups and how to get the best from them.

  1. My background
  2. Care agencies – strengths and weaknesses
  3. Family and friends – strengths and weaknesses
  4. Drafting a care plan – how to adequately assess the help you need
  5. Employing PAs – strengths and weaknesses
  6. Interviewing for a PA – what to look out for
  7. So you think you want to be a PA?
  8. Interviewing for a PA role – how to do a good interview
  9. Discipline and conflict – how to navigate them
  10. Rota, paperwork, and leave – how to navigate this fairly
  11. What makes a good PA? A seven year retrospective
  12. What makes a bad PA? A seven year retrospective

This post will serve as an index for developing the series. If you want to make suggestions for topics to cover, or want to draft a guest post, comment here, message me on twitter at @jamierhale or drop me an email on

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