News 18 Jun 2021

PA Employer Handbook launched

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is proud to launch an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014.

With thousands of PA employers across the country, and with tens of thousands of people accessing Self-directed Support (SDS), it’s important that both current and potential employers under Option 1 of SDS have access to consistent and good-quality information at all stages of their employer journey.

Being a PA employer allows someone using SDS to exercise the maximum amount of choice and control over the support they need. It enables them to choose the people that support them, at a time that is right and in a way that works well for them. Becoming a PA Employer also involves responsibility, sometimes requiring further information and support.

The PA Employer Handbook has been redesigned based on feedback from PA employers and social care professionals, reflecting a number of changes that have taken place over the years. Developed by SDSS, their membership and other key stakeholders, the handbook is a useful guide through a PA employer’s journey. Users will be guided through four stages of information and support:

  • Deciding to become an employer
  • Taking first steps
  • Current employer
  • Ending an employer role

Within these stages, PA employers, social work professionals and Independent Support Organisations can learn more about what makes a good employer and what a PA employer’s role and responsibilities are.

Although the handbook is a digital resource, the book can be downloaded and printed at any point.