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It is still good practice, even when using a self-employed PA, to plan some time when they start working with you to include a formal induction.
An induction can vary in length and yours will depend on how many duties or how much training you'll need to provide to your PA. The induction will include providing the PA with any necessary training on how to use specific equipment (hoists, bath lifts, etc.) and information on other support such as any dietary needs, any medical information or support you'll need, specific support requirements, any travelling requirements that they should be aware of, etc.
It is good practise to do the induction on the first day/first few days and to have completed it within the first 4 weeks of them working with you.
One of the big risks of using a self-employed PA is that they do not, by law, have to provide you any notice if they no longer wish to work with you.
Due to your PA being self-employed, there is no requirement for a formal probation period. You might set out some terms in your Agreement of Work about notice periods, taking leave, etc. so that you both understand the commitments with each other. This would also mean that you would give notice if you didn't want to use your self-employed PA any longer. Remember though, the Agreement of Work is an agreement between you and your self-employed PA and isn't a legally binding contract.
It is recommended that you have regular meetings with your PA to discuss the working relationship and establish if any further training or information is required. Due to some of the duties that your PA may be doing, it is important that you are both open and honest with each other about your working relationship.Return to Resources page