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NHS Driving Jobs - Which role is right for you?
NHS driving jobs: Which is the right NHS driver role for you?
There are a number of NHS driver jobs available, each requiring different skills and training. Below we set out the different NHS driving roles and examine the varying vehicles and responsibilities involved in each so that you can make an informed decision about which NHS driver job is right for you.
For all NHS driving roles, you’ll need to be a safe driver. Most likely, you’ll be loading and unloading your vehicle or assisting your passengers in and out of it, so physical fitness is important. You need to be able to navigate using a satnav or map. It’s important that you are reliable and can keep to a schedule, so good organisational skills are a must. If you’re transporting NHS patients, then you’ll need to have good powers of communication and be personable enough to put patients you’re transporting at ease. Any additional training or support needed would be provided after the successful person gains the role.
Patient Transport Service (PTS):
A PTS vehicle is usually a specially modified ambulance with a tail-lift for wheelchairs. A PTS vehicle transports several people to hospital or clinics per journey. You would provide a non-emergency service, transporting patients who are too vulnerable to make their own way to appointments.
A calm and reassuring manner is necessary in this role as the patients you work with may be quite anxious. You will also have to assist them in and out of the vehicle; therefore, you must be quite able-bodied yourself. You will often have an assistant travelling with you whose role will be to reassure patients during the journey, as well as helping them in and out of the vehicle. Both you and the assistant must be able to lift patients.
This vehicle is used to collect day centre patients. The role is similar to the Patient Transport Service role above in that you’ll be transporting patients who may still be anxious. However, minibus patients are more likely to be headed to routine appointments, such as therapy sessions.
A Car Driver:
This is the same role as a minibus driver’s, just with a smaller vehicle; you would transport one or more able-bodied persons to and from hospital appointments.
Light Goods Vehicle/NHS Van Driver:
In this role you will be moving larger goods, such as food for patients or important documents around NHS sites. As an NHS van driver, unlike regular delivery jobs, you may need a DBS check.
NHS Blood and Transplant Driver:
In this role, you’d be working as part of the donor carer team. As a blood driver, your job would be to ensure donated blood safely gets to the hospitals that need it. An NHS blood transporter collects untreated blood from donor sessions, transports it to where it can be tested and processed, before finally delivering it to the necessary hospitals as and when it is needed.
You may be responsible for the vehicle you drive; this means you’ll have to check it over before and after each shift to ensure that it’s clean and that any faults have been dealt with appropriately.
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