What is a PA?

A PA is someone who is usually employed directly by a person who needs support (or a family member) to live their life in a way they choose and works directly with the individual they are supporting.

PAs don’t necessarily need to have any previous experience or qualifications; what is important is having the right values because the IE will on their PA for support. A PA is likely to be involved in many aspects of their employer’s life and may be asked to provide support in the home, at leisure or at work.

The opportunity to directly focus on the needs of an individual and the diversity of the role and tasks is what often attracts many people to this type of work.

The resources in this section will explain the role in more detail and will give you an idea of what it is like to work with employers with different needs.