Hospital Porter jobs in Glasgow

In the UK there are approximately 10,000 hospital porters working in NHS and private hospitals, with around 1,300 currently employed in Scotland. Forecasts suggest that in the next five years the number of hospital porter jobs will increase by around 4%. The average base pay for hospital porter jobs in the UK is roughly £17,500 per year. Starting salaries in NHS Scotland are, on average £21,000 – roughly 24% above the national average outside of London.

As a hospital porter in Glasgow you’ll be working as a part of a portering team, responsible for the logistics within the hospital as well as meeting different people. If you can relate to and sympathise with people and enjoy a hands-on role, a hospital porter job in Glasgow may be for you.

Depending on the type of hospital, a porter job in Glasgow will involve the transportation and transfer of patients on trolleys or in wheelchairs, moving equipment, waste and linens in a timely manner, plus handling blood samples, specimens and medication. Other duties may include; maintenance, cleaning and tidying of hospital areas, transporting the deceased to the mortuary and supporting medical staff during emergency situations.

There are no set entry requirements for hospital porter jobs in Glasgow. Employers expect a good standard of numeracy and literacy with GCSEs in English and maths. It would be an advantage to have some relevant healthcare or customer service experience (voluntary or paid) and a passion for patient care. Some hospital porter jobs are subject to a disclosure & baring service check, but costs are usually met by the employer. Candidates may be required to have a driving license and own vehicle.

Employers of hospital porter jobs hire candidates who have an awareness of high care standards, consider themselves as reliable and have the ability to work under pressure – individually and as part of a team – in a fast-paced healthcare environment.

There are limited training courses available, but most hospital porter employers in Glasgow will provide an induction course covering hospital information, health and safety, manual handling and customer service. To gain more experience you may wish to shadow a hospital porter, however you will learn new skills on the job.

The responsibilities of a hospital porter are varied and interesting. The movement of patients and equipment between the different departments and the overall maintenance of areas means this is pivotal role in all UK hospitals. Hospital porter jobs are suited to those who enjoy interaction with patients and staff from all walks of life, whilst providing a friendly and accurate service. Many hospital porters say they feel good knowing that their hard work is making a difference to a patient’s time in hospital.

Hospital porter jobs can be demanding and require a fairly high level of fitness and stamina due to the physical nature of the role. At times you will be in contact with patients who are particularly unwell or showing signs of distress, so you will also need to provide emotional support. You will have to liaise with several or more departments to ensure that all the information on a patient is correct, that the patient is well enough to be transported, and that the patient is going for the correct procedure at the correct time. The working hours for this role are across 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so you will need to be flexible and available for morning, afternoon and night shifts.

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