Q&A with PA Pool Founder Katy Etherington

We recently posed a series of questions to PA Pool Founder Katy Etherington about her experiences employing a PA (Personal Assistant/Carer). If you’re not already familiar with PA Pool, it’s a dedicated website for disabled people looking to employ a PA and PAs looking for work. PA Pool is a market leader in its field, […]

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PA Pool Website Update & Subscription Fees

We’ve been really busy these past few months having moved to new web developers which we hope will mean that future updates will happen more quickly, and you’ll start seeing more and more improvements to the website. PA Pool is constantly developing and maintaining content to meet the needs of our members. In particular, we […]

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Call for evidence for National Disability Strategy inquiry in multiple formats

MPs on the Women and Equalities Select Committee have launched a new inquiry into how the Government’s National Disability Strategy is working, and how the Strategy might develop in the future. They would like to hear the views and experiences of the public and interested groups as part of their inquiry, and they especially want […]

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MAC Report acknowledges contribution from PA Pool

Data provided by PA Pool highlights high rate of non-UK workers in the sector in the latest report on adult social care… PA Pool has been mentioned in the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on adult social care recently, after it provided data highlighting the high rate of carers from outside of the UK. Our […]

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New PA Training Programme

Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance is excited to announce their new PA Training Programme funded by Skills for Care. Adapted from the virtual conferences, the core training course is available on their website and will be available anytime, to anyone, for free. Composed of 13 video modules with accompanying quizzes and designed to raise awareness and support […]

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Does the Care Minister not Care?

Before Brexit, a third of care workers came from Europe. As the UK split from Europe, carers were not included on the ‘skilled workers’ list, instantly vacating around 113,000 care posts. The vision was for these to be filled by training British nationals, but chronic staff shortages are impacting care provision. The Migration Advisory Committee’s […]

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What’s a Personal (Care) Assistant?

The role of a Personal (Care) Assistant or PA for short is very different from other social care jobs. It’s not the same a being a ‘carer’, #ItsNotJustCare, it’s about enabling someone to live their life as they choose and be as independent as possible. As a PA you work directly with one or more […]

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We need more people like you!

Here at PA Pool we can only offer high standards of care and support because of our committed, compassionate PA members. However, we still need more people like you to join us. The government is running a national campaign to attract people with the right values and attitude to come and work in our sector. […]

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Agency or Employ your Own PA?

In this article founder of PA Pool, Katy Etherington, considers the pros and cons of using an agency to provide your personal care assistance versus employing your own PAs via PA Pool. Some people decide to employ an agency first to help them get started. When they feel more comfortable and confident with the process, […]

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A very real crisis in care

We appreciate the efforts the Government are taking to increase recruitment of social care and make it a more attractive career option but, by the same token, we don’t think the Government fully understands the situation of people like our founder Katy and many other PA Users who employ 24-hour live-in Personal Assistants to support […]

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Write to your MP to Help the UK Care Crisis

We would really appreciate your help with trying to get the Government to do something about the current care shortage which is reaching crisis point. You may have seen PA Pool Founder, Katy Etherington, in the media recently talking about it. It’s becoming a truly desperate situation, and something urgently needs to be done about […]

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Improving the lives of disabled people

On 17th November, PA Pool founder Katy Etherington was interviewed by The Guardian regarding the challenges faced by disabled people without EU workers. Katy has been contributing to the discussions over the lack of carers available for work, post Brexit, having contributed to another Guardian article recently and having been interviewed on the subject by […]

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Announcing our Competition Winners

You might remember our competition back in September where we offered you the opportunity to win a year’s subscription to PA Pool, as part of a future advertising campaign. Well, the results are in, and the winners are… Martyn Sibley, Ross Hovey and Baroness Jane Campbell. Martyn, Ross and Jane will each receive a year’s subscription […]

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Care in Crisis

PA Pool Founder, Katy Etherington, has been contributing to the discussions over the lack of carers available for work, post Brexit. According to an extensive report published by Skills for Care in October, highlighting the need for significant reform of the social care workforce, an estimated 70,000 care users employ around 100,000 live-in carers and personal assistants […]

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Returning to school – not easy for everyone

Returning to school for a new term can be thrilling for some and daunting for others. But if your child or teenager has any disabilities, it can be especially difficult! Thankfully, there are a range tools and gadgets, even clothes available now to make life just a little bit easier. This article from Disability Horizons […]

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WIN a year’s subscription to PA Pool

Be featured in our innovative advertising campaign and WIN a year’s subscription to PA Pool We are all acutely aware of the impact Brexit and Covid has had on the number of PAs looking for work and the fact that it’s getting harder to recruit. So we at PA Pool are trying to do something […]

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