Resources & Training

Whether you’re considering becoming a PA, have years of experience, or fall somewhere in between, we have an abundance of resources and training opportunities to help you.

From induction planning to digital tools and certification, as well as health and safety training, employment guidance, and more, find all you need to gain confidence as a PA.

Helpful information

Information built for PAs old and new, designed to help you in your role.

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PA Handbook

Developed by a collaboration of SDS organisations, including PANS, this is a comprehensive guide for existing personal assistants and those who are considering becoming one. The handbook is regularly checked to ensure all the information is up-to-date and relevant.

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Training Courses

Make sure your skills are up to date with online and regional training courses for PAs.

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What is SDS?

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is a person-centred and flexible approach to organising and managing people’s social care support.

What is Self-Directed Support?


Answers to our most frequently asked questions

If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to register with HMRC for self-assessment. If you have a contract, you’re more than likely employed, if not, you may be classed as a casual worker. Ask your employer before starting any work for them.

There are no formal qualifications to become a PA. Some roles require specific qualifications, such as dementia care. First aid training is also highly recommended if you’re administering medication, for example.

In a more general sense, all PAs need to be flexible, caring, and good at communication. If you have a good sense of humour, that will definitely help, too!

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