Drivers are at the heart of the NHS by making sure that our patients, goods and supplies are where they need to be at the right time. As a driver, you could drive a patient transport service (PTS) vehicle (part of the ambulance service), a minibus to collect patients to go to a day centre, a van to transport supplies or documents around NHS sites, a mobile dental unit for a community health provider, a NHS Blood and Transplant vehicle as part of the blood donor team. You may be responsible for checking the vehicle before and after work, keeping it clean inside and out and reporting any faults.
A driver’s licence is essential. NHS drivers need to be safe and careful drivers, physically fit for getting in and out of vehicles and loading and unloading, able to navigate around an area using sat nav or maps and able to keep to a schedule. You will need good customer service, communication and organisational skills.
Drivers in the NHS have to have the correct driving licence for the vehicle they drive. Most employers expect you have a driving licence when you apply. NHS and ambulance service trusts use vehicles of different sizes, so check carefully which classifications you need on your licence. Employers usually expect good literacy, numeracy and IT skills. They may ask for GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Employers may also ask for relevant driving or customer service experience.
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