To use our PA Recruitment Support Service, you can make a referral, or contact the Independent Living Team.

Social Workers or professionals involved in your support can also make a referral for you.

You will need to sign a service agreement and agree to the terms and conditions of the service before the service starts. These documents will be sent to you once a referral has been accepted.

If you are supported by Leeds Social Services (Adults or Children's) or the NHS, then our services are paid for by them. If you fund your own care, you can also use the service as a Self Funder.  You can download our Self Funders booklet for costs and information, or use the Contact Us form and a member of the Independent Living Team will get in touch with you.

Benefits of Employing a PA

A Personal Assistant (PA or Support Worker) is someone who is usually employed directly by a person who needs support, to live their life in a way they choose.

A PA can enable you to live independently by providing any help you need with personal care, other daily living tasks, and by accompanying you to social and leisure activities. It means that you are able to choose who you want to provide your support and control how it is delivered, to suit the needs and lifestyle of you and your family and friends.

There are many benefits to employing a PA:

  • They work for you
  • You decide how you would like them to work
  • You decide when you would like them to work

“I can choose who I employ and what times and days they work.”

(Leeds CIL customer - Quotation)

Recruiting your PA

We know that finding a PA can seem daunting as well as exciting. Leeds CIL has helped hundreds of people just like you to recruit PAs. Our team of Independent Living Advisers can support you either in person or by giving you direct access to the information you need. If you want to have a go at employing a PA for yourself, take a look at our PA Register for people who match your requirements.  Or you could ask your Adviser to post an advert on your behalf.
Key tasks of the recruitment process:

  • Write a Job description and person specification
  • Advertise the job
  • Choose who to interview
  • Interview
  • Offer a job to the candidate you choose as the best person for the job
  • Obtain references and do safeguarding checks
  • Confirm the appointment
  • Produce a contract of employment
  • Book training for your PA and carry out an induction
  • Register with a Payroll Service

We also provide training on being a PA employer.  Take a look at our current training calendar.