The Med Shed

Porter

THE WORKING DAY

You’re working afternoon and evening shifts this week at Hull Royal Infirmary. You’ve been tasked with moving medical equipment from the sixth floor of the tower block to the 12th. The equipment is very valuable and delicate, so you use your skills and expertise to move it.

Then you’re off to Acorn Ward at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital to take a sick child to the x-ray department. You wait until the x-ray is taken and then bring her back to her ward.

The rest of your shift is spent moving patients around the hospital and delivering stocks of emergency drugs to the right wards. You enjoy being an essential part of the hospital team, working with so many different patients and members of staff.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re physically fit, able to move heavy items easily and push them considerable distances. You’d like to work in a hospital environment and be an essential part of a healthcare team.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although GCSEs aren’t essential for working as a porter, getting good grades demonstrates your ability to work hard. Most applicants are 18 or over but sometimes there are apprenticeships available.

Taking your driving test is a good idea, as some porter positions require a full driving licence. There are no formal entry requirements, so check the job vacancies at your local hospital. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit NHS Jobs and Gov.uk Apprenticeships.