Testing for Personal Assistants
Personal Assistants (PAs) are now able to access PCR testing. A PCR test detects the presence of viral RNA and is sent to a laboratory to be processed. Results typically take between 2 - 5 days.
All PAs who provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of the person they support and who support adults over the age of 18 are eligible for testing. The service is for personal assistants (the employee) only and not for the people receiving care.
The process is:
- PAs will be responsible for ordering test kits for themselves and ordering will take place through the testing portal, following confirmation that they are an essential worker and do not have symptoms, PA’s should select - ‘I’m a personal assistant in England employed by an individual to provide home-based adult care and support’
- PAs will order 4 PCR test kits on a 28-day rolling cycle which will enable them to test with one PCR test kit a week
- Test kits will be delivered to the address of the PA’s choice, typically within 48 hours of ordering
- Test kits will be returned via Royal Mail priority post boxes
This flyer explains the process in pictorial form and you can read the Testing for Personal Assistants Guidance document which takes you through the process in more depth.
The Department of Health and Social Care are hosting webinars where personal assistants can attend to understand more about the process and ask questions.
Further information can be found on GOV.UK.