The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

Online Course

Future Learn
The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

What is the course about?

The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support
The course The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support is an online class provided by UEA (University of East Anglia) through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Find out about the new role of personal assistants in disability support, and how to improve working relationships in the area.

Course description
  • Improve working relationships between disabled people and personal assistants
  • 4 weeks
  • Disabled people can now receive funding from their local authority to employ a personal assistant. While this gives them more personalised care in their own home, it also turns them into an employer.
  • This online course explores the role of personal assistance, and the risks and opportunities associated with it.
  • The course will encourage you to discuss ways to avoid and/or manage personal conflicts, whether you’re a disabled person or a personal assistant. It’s based on new evidence about the close working relationship between disabled people and their support workers – and how to improve it.
  • Introduction to Independent Living and Personal Assistance
  • Recruitment: finding the right fit
  • What sort of personal assistance relationship works for you?
  • Understanding potential difficulties in personal assistance relationships
  • Understanding and managing practical difficulties
  • Understanding and managing personal difficulties
  • Understanding and managing process difficulties
  • Understanding and resolving conflict
  • Moving forward with personal assistance relationships
  • Assess the working relationships between personal assistants and employers
  • Debate your own personal views about the personal assistance model
  • Develop your skills as a personal assistant or employer
  • Reflect on what a good working relationship looks like
  • Identify how you would resolve conflict in a working relationship
  • This course is designed for disabled people, current or prospective personal assistants, and anyone else who’s interested in disability support and how this new role has evolved in the UK and other parts of the world.
  • UEA (University of East Anglia)
  • The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

Prerequisites & Facts

The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

Course Topic

Healthcare & Medicine, Nursing

University, College, Institution

UEA (University of East Anglia)

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / UEA (University of East Anglia) you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support
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School: UEA (University of East Anglia)
Topic: Healthcare & Medicine, Nursing