If you receive a Personal Health Budget (PHB) from the NHS to employ a personal assistant (PA), you can apply for funding from Skills for Care.
The funding can be used for care related training to help you as an employer, or to develop the skills of your PAs.
It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA attends training.
If you employ a PA using your own money or through a direct payment, you can also apply for the funding. Visit the individual employer funding page.
How can I apply?
To apply for funding, you’ll need to complete the application form and send it to Skills for Care. You can download this as a:
You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions on the grant.
You must send this application form with all necessary documents before 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.
You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the condition of the grant. You might find the frequently asked questions about personal budget holder funding useful.
What can I apply for?
- You can apply for funding to develop the skills of yourself and your personal assistant.
- The fund will cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring a replacement PA.
This funding cannot be used to fund training for health care tasks included in your care plan.
The costs and delivery of training for these essential tasks must be met by the NHS organisation issuing the budget.
- You can also see a list of training that may not be funded.
What happens next?
Skills for Care will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, they will usually notify you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.
This funding will close on 31 March 2018.
Other support for PHB holders
The Skills for Care Information hub for individual employers and PAs has lots of practical resources and advice to support PHB holders who employ their own PAs.