Review of Skills for Care’s “PA Toolkit”ecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for Care to support disabled people in...
Reviewing the PA ToolkitSkills for Care are currently updating their PA Toolkit. This was originally launched in 2009 andw...
Section A: About youA1)     Do you employ a Personal Assistant (PA)? Yes [go to Question A2] No [go to Question A1b]A1b)...
Section C: Accessing the Skills for Care PA ToolkitC1)   How many times have you used the PA Toolkit? Once – today only ...
Section D: Use of the Skills for Care PA ToolkitD1)     How have you used the PA Toolkit? [Tick all that apply] To help m...
Section E: About the individual chapters in the PA ToolkitE1     Employing a Personal AssistantE1a) What, if anything, did...
Section F: Final thoughtsF1)       Was there anything in the PA Toolkit which you feel is no longer relevant / needs to be...
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Skills for Care PA toolkit survey

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Skills for Care PA toolkit survey

  1. 1. Review of Skills for Care’s “PA Toolkit”ecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for Care to support disabled people in Essex andbeyond who employ their own staff to access Skills for Care’s useful and time-saving resources.Skills for Care wants to ensure that the people who work for disabled and older people inproviding care – often paid for by Direct Payments or Personal Budgets – have the right skills andqualifications to do so.We know Direct Payments can be a very beneficial way of arranging your social care. But we alsounderstand that it can sometimes take time to get the right information to feel fully in control.This is why ecdp is working with Skills for Care to ensure their useful information is made asavailable as possible to you. We also want to make sure you have the opportunity to let Skills forCare know how useful their resources are: what is good, what can be improved, and what newthings you might like to see.This survey asks for your thoughts on Skills for Care’s PA Toolkit, which was designed to helppeople employ their own personal assistants.As well as completing this survey and sending it back to us at ecdp, you can also share yourviews on this at a focus group – see ecdp’s website for details: www.ecdp.co.uk.
  2. 2. Reviewing the PA ToolkitSkills for Care are currently updating their PA Toolkit. This was originally launched in 2009 andwas designed to help people employ their own personal assistants.Before updating it, Skills for Care would like to know your views on the toolkit in its currentversion, including any suggestions you may have on its content and format.Please be assured that your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and your personaldetails will not be linked to the answers that you give, nor will they be shared with any third party.Thank you for participating in this review. Your responses will help to ensure that the revisedtoolkit best meets the future needs of people employing PAs.Step 1: Review the toolkitBefore answering these questions please ensure that you have had a read through of the toolkit.Online and audio versions are available here: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/patoolkit/Step 2: Complete the questionnaireStart with Section A below.You may find it helpful to have a copy of the PA Toolkit open to refer to whilst answering thequestions.
  3. 3. Section A: About youA1) Do you employ a Personal Assistant (PA)? Yes [go to Question A2] No [go to Question A1b]A1b) If ‘No’, are you…? Thinking about employing a PA in the near future (i.e. next 6 months) [go to Question B1] Considering that you may need to look into employing a PA in the medium to long-term future (i.e. 6-12 months) [go to Question B1] Not considering employing a PA in the foreseeable futureA2) Have you accessed any help in employing your PA? (this might include books, websites,organisations, etc) Yes No [go to Question B1]A2b) If ‘Yes’, please list the sources of help you have accessedA2c) Which of these was the most helpful to you?Section B: Awareness of the Skills for Care PA ToolkitB1) Were you aware of the Skills for Care PA Toolkit before today? Yes, I have used the Toolkit [go to Question B2] Yes, I was aware of it, but haven’t used it before [go to Question C1] No [go to Question C1]B2) How did you find out about the PA Toolkit? From Skills for Care (e.g. internet site or event) From my direct payment support organisation From someone else who employs a PA Other [please specify]
  4. 4. Section C: Accessing the Skills for Care PA ToolkitC1) How many times have you used the PA Toolkit? Once – today only Once before today Twice before today Three times before today Four or more times before todayC2) In what format have you used the PA toolkit? [Tick all that apply] Online Audio Paper version (book) Large print paper version (book)C3) Which format do you prefer? Online Audio Paper version (book) Large print paper version (book)C4) Are there any other formats that you would find useful? [Tick all that apply] Printed booklet with suggested templates Braille Easy read Large print Interactive online Audio Pocket size booklet Other [Please specify]
  5. 5. Section D: Use of the Skills for Care PA ToolkitD1) How have you used the PA Toolkit? [Tick all that apply] To help me employ a PA As a reference guide To use the templates To understand how to be a good employer Other [Please specify]D2) How useful have you found the PA Toolkit? Overall: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Employing a PA: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Being a good employer: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Getting started: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Keeping your PA: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Sorting out problems: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Additional resources: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all usefulD3) How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the PA Toolkit? It is easy to read : Agree strongly / Tend to agree / Neither / Tend to disagree / Disagree strongly There is too much jargon: Agree strongly / Tend to agree / Neither / Tend to disagree / Disagree strongly It contains relevant and up-to-date information: Agree strongly / Tend to agree / Neither / Tend to disagree / Disagree strongly There isn’t enough detail: Agree strongly / Tend to agree / Neither / Tend to disagree / Disagree stronglyD4) Would you recommend it to someone else who employs (or was thinking of employing) aPA? Yes Maybe No
  6. 6. Section E: About the individual chapters in the PA ToolkitE1 Employing a Personal AssistantE1a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E1b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?E2 Being a good employerE2a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E2b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?E3 Getting startedE3a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E3b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?E4 Keeping your Personal AssistantE4a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E4b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?E5 Sorting out problemsE5a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E5b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?E6 Additional resourcesE6a) What, if anything, did you particularly like or find helpful about this chapter?E6b) What, if anything, did you particularly dislike or not find helpful about this chapter?
  7. 7. Section F: Final thoughtsF1) Was there anything in the PA Toolkit which you feel is no longer relevant / needs to beupdated?F2) Did you feel that there was any information that was missing from the PA Toolkit?F3) How useful would you find the following: How to employ an apprentice PA: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all useful Where to find advice on providing a pension for your PA: Very useful / Fairly useful / Not very useful / Not at all usefulF4) If the PA Toolkit became a paid for publication, how much would you be willing to pay forit? Nothing – I think it should be a free resource £1-£5 £6-£10 £11-£20 More than £20F5) Do you have any other comments about the PA Toolkit?Thank you for your timePlease send your completed survey to Richard Watts at ecdp by emailing rwatts@ecdp.co.ukYour responses will be collated and will provide useful informationto update the PA Toolkit

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