You may decide to use a direct payment to pay a home care provider such as 1st 4 Healthcare to provide your care.
This means that you talk to 1st 4 Healthcare directly and have full control about how, when and where you want your care to be delivered.
If you choose 1st 4 Healthcare to help you in your Direct Payments care, we would be able to provide you with your very own Personal Assistant (PA). This will ensure that you are never without a PA.
We will look after all your HR and payroll needs, so you can rest assure we will take care of all of your Direct Payments package so you won’t need to:
- Take out insurance – As an employer, it’s a legal requirement that you have Employers’ Liability insurance. The cost of this policy will be covered by your Direct Payments
- Check your PA has the right to work in the UK
- Employment Contracts – You have a legal responsibility to issue your PA a contract of employment on or before the day they start work
- Complete a risk assessment with all PAs, where applicable. Develop your own ‘emergency plan’ to make sure that you have several options if your regular PAs are unavailable
- Set up a workplace pension, if required
- Ensure your PAs salary includes deductions, like tax and National Insurance. Speak to your payroll provider about any other payments or deductions that may be required
- Pay all employed PAs 5.6 weeks annual leave (Pro Rata)
- Maintain records of where your Direct Payment is being spent. Including keeping PA timesheets
- Ensure all checks are carried out for self-employed PAs
- Provide any training to your PAs that is required for them to do their job
- Open a separate dedicated bank account
- Keep financial records of everything going in and out of your DP account