Personal Assistants are a growing part of the social care workforce in England but very little is really known about them as a group - data in the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is based on estimates.
However, research that’s being carried out at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London aims to change this. John Woolham, who works there as a Senior Research Fellow, is leading a study that aims to describe the characteristics of the PA workforce – the backgrounds and motivations of PAs, what their role involves, the terms and conditions of their employment, their perceptions and experiences of their job and the links they may have (or not have) with the wider social care, or health, workforce.
They want to interview 100 PAs across England – in person or by phone. They will offer travel expenses and £20 each to recognise people’s time and trouble. Interviews are confidential.
If you work as a Personal Assistant, think this study is worth doing and might be interested in taking part, please email John directly at email@example.com . He can also be reached by phone on 0207 848 8599 – but it’s usually best to email in the first instance because he works from home quite a lot.
Please do forward the attached information to PAs and PA employers that you are in contact with.