Personal Assistants

Employ a Personal Assistant (PA)

If you receive a Direct Payment for Self-Directed Support, you can employ a PA using the funds.

Some people listed here are already members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. In any case, we strongly recommend a new or updated PVG check before you employ someone.

Browse our directory of PAs

You do not need to only consider people from this list.


You can get advice with managing a Direct Payment, including hiring a PA, through our partner agency The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living.

You can also advertise directly for staff or look for PA vacancies through their website.