Sick Pay for PAs

What to do if you are sick and cannot work, and what entitlements you may have to sick pay.

Smoking in a PA Employer’s Home

Advise for PA Employers and PAs about how to handle the issue of smoking in an employer's home

Sources of Information for Self-Employed PAs

A list of organisations and links where you can get further information on being a self-employed PA.

Support for PAs who are also unpaid carers

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You may be working as a Personal Assistant and also support someone else in your life, unpaid - like a family member or friend. This article explains what support is available to you if you are an unpaid carer.

The Blue Light Card

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Find out more about the Blue Light Card. PAs are currently not eligible for the card, but you may be eligible if you work in another social care role.

The Open Badges Scheme for PAs

Open Badges are free digital certificates that support ongoing learning and evidence of professional development in your role as a PA. PAs can earn Open Badges from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and many other social service organisations when they complete a course and pass the assessment.

The Role and Responsibilities of a PA (for PAs)

There are many potential responsibilities for a PA which must be specified prior to starting a new job. Find out more here about what to expect and about the rights you will have as an employee.

The Role of the Local Authority and ILF Scotland as Funders of Self-directed Support

Find out more about the role that Local Authorities (councils) play in Self Directed Support, about the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland, and about people who fund their own care and support.

The Social Model of Disability

This article explains the Social Model of Disability, and how disability is defined by the barriers created in society that exclude and discriminate against people, thus 'disabling' them.

There is Free Support Available for PAs

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Anyone who is a PA, or thinking about becoming one, can access free help, guidance or support. Find out more about what's available.

Thinking about Becoming a PA

Being a PA can be rewarding and varied, although each opportunity will be as unique as your employer. If you are the kind of person who gets on with people, you may like to consider a role as a PA. Find out more here.

Trade Union Membership

Trade unions are groups of employees who join together to protect and improve their working conditions. A membership subscription will be payable to join.

Training and Support for PAs

Some PA roles require training but every role is different. Sometimes that training must be done, for example to prevent injury if your employer needs help with moving, and in these cases your employer is responsible for ensuring you do it.

Uniqueness of the PA Role

How the PA role differs from other social care workers, with it's focus on 1-1 working and delivering personalised support as directed by their employer

Use of Transport (Own Vehicle and Employers) at Work

What you need to consider if you are looking to use your own vehicle for work purposes

Values and Skills of a PA

A PA must balance the approaches they have to ensure they both respect the disabled person as their employer whilst offering a high standard of support. Find out more about the values and skills required to become a PA here.

What Happens if There’s a Change in my Employer’s Personal Circumstances?

How a change in your employers circumstances might affect your employment as a PA.

What is a Casual Worker?

Casual workers are normally required to be flexible and will not usually have regular hours offered to them each week. See what this means for your employment rights.

What Your Contract of Employment Should Include

Detailing what an employer needs to provide in a contract of employment.

What’s the Difference Between an Employed and Self-Employed PA?

Outling key criteria that define whether a worker is employed or self-employed


Please note that the information contained in this Handbook is provided for guidance purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Self Directed Support Scotland or any other contributing party.

The information does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal and professional advice from a lawyer about employment law matters, or an accountant/ tax specialist about taxation matters, and from HMRC and your insurers. You should not rely solely on the information in this Handbook. Support organisations listed in this Handbook can help you find appropriate sources of advice.