Personal Health Budget (PHB) holder funding from Skills for Care


If you receive a Personal Health Budget (PHB) from the NHS to employ a personal assistant (PA), you can apply for funding from Skills for Care.

The funding can be used for care related training to help you as an employer, or to develop the skills of your PAs.

It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA attends training.

Read how other employers have used the fund and see examples of training and qualifications they could fund.

If you employ a PA using your own money or through a direct payment, you can also apply for the funding. Visit the individual employer funding page.


How can I apply?

To apply for funding, you’ll need to complete the application form and send it to Skills for Care. You can download this as a:

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions on the grant.

You must send this application form with all necessary documents before 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.


The Skills for Care guidance document will explain more about the funding and how to complete your application. This is also available as an easy read guidance.

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the condition of the grant.  You might find the frequently asked questions about personal budget holder funding useful.

What can I apply for?

  • You can apply for funding to develop the skills of yourself and your personal assistant.
  • The fund will cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring a replacement PA.

This funding cannot be used to fund training for health care tasks included in your care plan.

The costs and delivery of training for these essential tasks must be met by the NHS organisation issuing the budget.

What happens next?

Skills for Care will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, they will usually notify you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.

This funding will close on 31 March 2018.


Other support for PHB holders

The Skills for Care Information hub for individual employers and PAs has lots of practical resources and advice to support PHB holders who employ their own PAs.

Training for PA’s

Don’t forget you can access various training opportunities via Knowsley Disability Concern.  The following courses are available throughought the year:

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Refresher Periods

Moving and Handling of People – Level 2 – Induction

Moving and Handling Refresher Periods

Moving and Handling Train-the-Trainer Refresher

Moving and Handling of Loads

Equality Diversity and Human Rights e-learning

Equality Diversity and Human Rights refresher guidance

Autism Awareness

First Aid and Life Support

HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid 

HABC Level 3 Award Full Accredited Emergency First Aid Course for Designated First Aiders

Paediatric First Aid

Health and Safety

Infection Control and Prevention

Infection Control and Prevention guideline

Food Hygiene – e-learning

Food For Life 

The majority of the above courses take place at:

The Halewood Centre, KMBC Rooms 3 & 4,
Roseheath Drive
L26 9UH

Bus routes: The following buses travel to Roseheath Drive: – 75, 78, 89A, 166, 192, 193, 263, 266, 786, 883

To book a place on any of the courses above contact Johanne on 0151 480 4090 and quote PA training.


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