Manchester Airport Disabled Assistance

We have recently been contacted by Zoe Thomas who says she experienced a very poor service using Manchester Airport’s Disabled Assistance. Unfortunately, Zoe thinks that complaining is pointless but has an ‘in’ to the BBC who may be interested in doing an investigation. But, in order to do so, they will need some more examples. […]

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Disability Confident Employer

If you’re not sure what it means, then the Disability Confident Scheme, launched in November 2016, aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people, by providing those employers with the skills, examples and confidence they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees.  It is a voluntary scheme […]

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Personal Care Assistant Membership Advice

You can register as a Personal Care Assistant on PA Pool, for free, and start looking for work as soon as your profile has been approved. For any Personal Care Assistants (PAs/Carers) who are having trouble registering and using PA Pool, please follow the steps below. Additionally, please like our Facebook page to get our […]

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Funding for personal health budget holders now open

If you’re an individual who employs your own personal assistants (PAs) using a personal health budget, you can apply for funding from Skills for Care for training for yourself and your staff. Find out more about the funding and download the application form from the Skills for Care website. If you’re a PA and your […]

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DRUK Brexit Manifesto

Disability Rights UK has produced a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU UK. Disabled people make up one in five of the UK population and the manifesto sets out the implications for disabled people in the UK.  Each and every one of them will be affected by policy […]

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BBC Three Online

A Producer from the BBC is developing a series of short films for BBC Three online, which shines a light on disabled children from all backgrounds, and the dedicated parents who care for them. The producers are keen to speak to parents about their experiences, to learn more about daily life and how both parent […]

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PA Pool the Website for Disabled People and Personal Assistants Celebrates its 10th Successful Year

Not-for-profit website for disabled people and Personal Care Assistants – PA Pool is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The award-winning, market-leading website is for disabled people looking to employ a Personal Care Assistant (PA) or carer, and for PAs (carers) looking for work, allowing members to interactively manage their own recruitment or employment. The […]

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Funding for Training from Skills for Care

Funding is now available for direct payment receipts and self-funders who employ their own carers. If you’re an individual employer who employs your own personal assistants through a direct payment or with your own money, you can apply for funding from Skills for Care for training for yourself and your staff. Find out more about […]

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Personal Health Budgets

NHS England are running a public consultation on Personal Health Budgets (PHB) and are hosting an online survey on them. They want to hear from as many people as possible whether they have one, want one, can’t get one or don’t want one! This is a rare opportunity to voice your opinions and experiences. You […]

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Receive £15 Amazon Voucher for Research Study

Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham to conduct a study into how we produce knowledge and information about physical activity aimed at disabled people. Get Yourself Active and the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. […]

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Cyber Attack & Update

It started with news of the NHS cyberattack and then rapidly spread… Articles focusing on the ransomware attacks have dominated the headlines over the last few days, affecting organisations across the world. If you are unsure of your security levels, then the general protect advice is as follows: Install system and application updates on all […]

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Specialist Insurance Cover

Mark Bates Ltd is a leading specialist independent living insurance company. Based in Lincolnshire, Mark Bates Ltd is a family run business with over 20 years in the industry. Their goal has always been to offer value cover and service to their customers so as to ensure they return year after year. The growth of the company […]

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Healthcare Firm Signs Uber Deal for Carers and Patients

A private healthcare provider, called Cera, has signed a deal with Uber to transport its carers and home patients. Cera said it had struck a deal with Uber to transport its London-based carers to their patients, while its disabled customers will be able to use UberAssist and UberWav (see below) to get out and about. […]

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Money For Training

If you employ your own PAs, either through social care funding (direct payment) or with your own money, you can apply for money for training from Skills for Care for training for yourself and your staff. Applications for funding close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 so make sure you don’t miss out and send your completed application form […]

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Brexit and the Impact on Disabled People who Recruit PAs from the EU

PA Pool has been asked by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton DBE to seek out your personal views and fears on the impact of Brexit in relation to people with disabilities. As a result we would specifically like your comments to the following questions by Tuesday 31 January: How many EU nationals have you successfully recruited in the […]

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Caring with Confidence

We have been contacted by the Spinal Injuries Association, the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people with regards to their study days taking place in 2017. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) hold a popular series of healthcare professional Study Days and, on 22 February 2017 are launching a new Study Day called […]

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