Your local Centre for Independent Living can assist you throughout the following process - 

  • Local Health & Social Care Trust staff carry out assessment of need
  • Local Health & Social Care Trust agrees funding of Direct Payments package
  • Sign agreement accepting Direct Payment conditions
  • Open separate bank account to be used solely for Direct Payments
  • Consider how budget and payroll will be managed
  • Arrange Employers Liability Insurance
  • Recruit staff
  • Identify training needs of staff
  • Issue staff with Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • Consider back up arrangements
  • Provide local Health & Social Care Trust with annotated bank statements