Lone working

The you are, it’s 06.15 in the morning and raining quite merrily. You are going to visit Mabel at 06.00 and you have a flat tyre! You forgot to charge your phone so that’s flat too.

You manage to change your tyre, by now its 06.40, your hands are filthy and the rain has gone down the back of your neck. You arrive at Mabel’s to find she has left her front door open as she has gone out to look and see where you are. You don’t know that, all you know is that she isn’t where she should be. It takes you twenty minutes to find her as she has wondered to the bus stop to shelter from the rain.

You are now going to be late for your next call.

The joy of Lone Working…!

Being a PA you have to manage every aspect of how you work.

You have to manage risk assessments, administration, tax and insurance, care planning, time management, health & safety, infection & control, keeping up to date, communication and of course the care you deliver.

So how does it feel to be a Lone Worker?

It can feel great, you are your own boss, you can choose when you work and who for. You don’t have to clock in and clock out, or follow organisational policies.

It can also feel daunting, isolating and frustrating. The situation outlined above is not fictitious, it has happened and will happen. If not in the ways described, in other equally galling ones.

So how do you make sure you are safe and prepared?

Little things like making sure you have a spare tyre and the tools to change a flat, keeping your phone charged, having contact numbers handy, a waterproof in the car and something to nibble and drink. Servicing your car regularly.

Letting people know where you will be during the day, knowing the area where you will be working, parking under a light if its dark, being aware of who is around you and checking for danger.

Having a supply of PPE, a first aid kit and useful numbers handy.

Lone working can be a challenge so be prepared for those odd circumstances that arise.


Just a PA


I genuinely dislike it when a person says “I am just a….!” I feel it diminishes who they are and what they do, it eats away at their skills, knowledge and abilities.

Don’t get me wrong I am not knocking the person themselves, being ‘just a’ is a very acceptable thing to say. People may not like it if we celebrate our skills, knowledge and abilities and laud them loudly.

The role of a PA is not ‘just a’ to the person who is being provided with the support and care they need to have the best quality of life they can have, and they should expect the best quality of life too.

UKpas enables PA’s to be able to build their own profile to grow an online presence that says “Hey, I am good at my role”. “I can evidence my skills, knowledge and ability”. “I can provide great care”.

UKpas also offers opportunities to keep in contact with other PAs and to meet prospective clients.

So why not register today/

UKpas – Building your On-line presence

Personal care assistant role

UKpas is a new company aiming to support Personal Assistants in creating an on-line presence that evidences their skills, knowledge, training, insurance cover and DBS.

UKpas will enable PA’s to access potential clients, CPD, training and other resources to enable them to provide a high level of care.

You can register easily and start to build your on-line profile.