Porters play a vital role throughout NHS hospitals. They
move frail and often very ill patients between different
departments and wards in safety and comfort. They also transport
complex and valuable equipment that may need expert handling around
the building. Without them the hospital could not function.
Some porter roles may be combined with general maintenance.
No qualification entry requirements specified, but you must be physically fit and able to cope with lifting and walking considerable distances. If working on a large site, a driving licence may be required.
There is no formal training courses/programmes, but most porters will have an induction course when starting in their position. This generally covers information about the hospital, Health and Safety, lifting techniques etc. Further training is then given on the job.
After ganing some experience, you could become a superviser or porter team leader. Further promotion to head porter, or porter manager, may depend upon obtaining management qualifications.
Most trusts advertise vacancies on the NHS Jobs website, as well as, on
trust websites and in the local press and job centres.