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Personal Care Assistant jobs (direct payments)

Become a Personal Assistant and change someone's life

Any Gateshead resident who is eligible for a direct payment personal care budget can choose to employ their own Personal Assistant to help with their day-to-day care. For some, this gives them control of how they spend their care budget in a way that supports their independence. 

Personal Assistants play a valuable role. All Personal Assistants are employed directly by the individual and therefore the roles can be very varied depending on their individual need. Personal Assistants roles can include tasks such as:

  • general care and support
  • support with social support and activities
  • domestic support
  • helping with personal care
  • meal preparation

These are paid employment roles. They could be part time or full time and may require flexible hours as each role is tailored to the individual. The pay per hour is above minimum wage. If training is required, as part of the role, then this can be arranged.

Current vacancies:

1 female support worker

1 female support worker 

5 hours per week

£8.57 per hour

Based in the Central Gateshead area, the successful candidate will assist and work closely with the employer in her own home, which is a smoking environment and pet friendly. Duties and requirements will be to assist with a mixture of domestic tasks, medical appointments, and walking the family pet dog.

The hours of work will usually be 5 per week, 2.5 hours Saturday and 2.5 hours Sunday, 9.30am to 12 noon, however flexibility with working times is required to cover sickness and holidays.

The successful candidate will be required to be able to work both independently as well as part of a team, possess good time keeping skills and initiative as well as being able to perform tasks that involve moving and handling and personal care

Full driving license and use of your own car to transport employer is not essential however is desirable, expenses will be paid.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this position, expense to be met to the employer. 

Please note these vacancies are not employed through Gateshead Council but through the individual service user.

The applicant is required to have the characteristics set out which are deemed an occupational requirement of the role in compliance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

For an application or for further information, please email the Directed Payments Team at



For more information

Contact the direct payments team on:

0191 433 2314

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