What is a Personal Assistant?

A Personal Assistant is someone who can assist and support with health care, social care and educational needs. By offering a holistic service they can reduce the need for involving a variety of people to carry out these support needs. They do not have to be involved in every aspect of your life-just the bits you choose them to be involved with. Our PA service is all about promoting choice and individuality.

Full Personal Assistant support package

We can work together with you to recruit a PA of your choice or you can choose from the bank of PAs currently waiting for employment.

This is a privately funded service,  you can use your personal budgets or direct payments. If your case manager has assessed you have a need for support, you can request they make a referral to our services, on your behalf.



Benefits of a full Personal Assistant support package

  • Care planning and assessments for the care and support delivered by your PA, all carried out within the guidelines of Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
  • Full employment of your PA taken on by Appletree, along with this their supervision, payroll, pensions and all indemnity insurances
  • Regular performance and review meetings
  • Full Appletree training reviews and refreshers
  • Competency assessments
  • All HR requirements
  • Bookings of your PA Time
  • Presence and support at your multi-disciplinary meetings
  • PA’s to cover sickness and holiday of your regular PA
  • An option of a team of PA’s (this option is especially successful if you require day and night time support)

Personal Assistant Introductory Package

We will act as an introductory agent for your PA then you will be their employer.
Taking into account your needs and requirements of a PA we will advertise and recruit them with / for you within our robust recruitment procedures.

There is an option also for us to provide them with:

  • DBS Checks
  • Training packages

Personal Assistant Supervisory Services

We offer a supervisory service for any family who are employing their own PA’s whether recruited by Appletree or not. This is an opportunity for the PA to have some impartial, unbiased support and a confidential forum for reflection of their practices.

Personal budgets

  • What is a personal budget?

A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver parts of the provision set out in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
Families can request a personal budget as part of the planning process

A personal budget can be delivered in one of four ways:

  • Notional budget
    In this circumstance the individual/family does not receive the money directly but is allocated a budget and participates fully in the planning and decision making around how the money is spent.

Actual budget held by a third part
A different organisation holds the money and helps the individual/family decide how best to meet their EHC outcomes.

Direct payments
Money is transferred directly into the individual’s bank account, which has been opened for the purpose, to meet the identified outcomes.

  • OR,
  • Any combination of the above.

A personal budget is used to purchase the services and support required by a disabled child to meet their specific requirements and to help live a more independent life.

Appletree Support’s Promise

Promoting Independence and Choice we pride ourselves on offering care and support to disabled children and young people from dedicated and highly motivated PA and Care Team.

“The Buddy scheme has been excellent for my son, offering a person he could talk to, joke with and have as a friend when friendship is not something he usually has”

Mr J Portsmouth