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Direct Payments

Direct Payments are an important way of ensuring that more people can continue to live independently in their own homes. Individuals have greater control over their life with Direct Payments because they can make decisions about how to provide the care that they need. 


Direct payments must be used for meeting an individual’s assessed care needs and agreed outcomes.


The Self-Directed Support Team at Medway Council will work with an individual and their carers and guide you through the process of setting up and managing Direct Payments. The team are also able to provide support if someone would prefer to employ their own staff to meet their support needs, from recruitment to employment, or to engage the services of an agency or other provider.


The Self-Directed Support Team at Medway Council can be contacted on:

Phone: 01634 331351

Email: sdsadmin@medway.gov.uk


Skills for Care are providing the fund to Direct Payment Employers for the training of Personal Assistants.


Anyone wishing to apply for this funding will need to complete a simple application form. This form can only be submitted by the Direct Payment Employer.

In addition to training of Personal Assistants, this funding can also be used to train employers regarding their responsibilities.



Selina Bullivant at Medway College of Social Care is available to help employers complete the application form for training of Personal Assistants. Selina can be contacted by email selina.bullivant@medway.gov.uk or by phoning: 01634 331094


Funding can be requested to pay for:

  • a training course
  • travelling expenses to and from a training course
  • a temporary Personal Assistant or agency staff during the period your own carer is attending a training course


The types of training available include:

  • moving and assisting
  • first aid
  • communication skills
  • dementia awareness
  • diabetes awareness
  • risk assessments
  • management skills for employers
  • and qualifications such as a diploma in health and social care


Funding Deadline

To claim funding applications must be submitted to Skills for Care before 5pm on Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.


Providing training for your Personal Assistant ensures that they are fully qualified to support you safely, it also demonstrates your willingness to develop their skills and knowledge, tailored to your particular needs and helps to retain their services in the future.


Register as a Personal Assistant

If you would like to register as a Personal Assistant this can be done online.


Further Information

Find out more about working in social care.

Medway Adult Education provide a number of training courses for anyone who is interested in working in the care industry or who wants to advance further in their career.

Medway College of Social Care


Page updated 5 September 2017