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Can PAs be self employed?

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This is a question Active Independence gets asked frequently, by both PAs and employers.  There are three main things to think about: Convenience Tax / HMRC Employment Law   1. Convenience On the surface being a self-employed PA seems the easiest option, particularly for the person needing care / support as for them there is […]

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We need to talk about restraint!

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Active Independence has been working with Disability Sheffield on a project about Safe Restraint. The purpose of the project was to talk with individual employers and PAs around their understanding of restraint, alternatives to restraint and safe restraint practice. PAs and individual employers in Doncaster and Sheffield have attended workshops and filled in questionnaires describing […]

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Flu Jabs – the lowdown

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Flu is a very common complaint, but there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to the flu jab. Let’s find out a bit more about the vaccine to this common but surprisingly troublesome illness. A lot of people say they have flu, when in many cases it is in fact just a severe cold. […]

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Depression in older adults and the elderly

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Many people of all ages suffer from depression. However as there is an aging population we will come across more elderly people who have it. Depression is not an inevitable part of aging, depression prevents a person from enjoying life like they used to. Depression effects mood, energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. The very […]

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Infection Control Information for PAs

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Hi, Just adding a quick note to share some useful resources on infection control. Take a look, and do feel free to download and share them! Clostridium Difficile Guidance for Community Health and Social Care Settings Five Moments of Hand Hygiene Hand Cleaning Techniques Hand Washing Guide PPE Risk Assessment