Hospital porters carry out many important duties around a hospital, such as taking patients to different departments, or moving equipment around the hospital. They may belong to a particular department or they may be part of a ‘pool’ of porters for the whole hospital or nursing home.
You could be:
going to different departments in response to your pager
helping nurses lift a patient on to a trolley or into a wheelchair
sorting and delivering incoming mail
taking meals to wards or taking samples to labs
taking linen and equipment to wards
moving furniture or removing refuse, including clinical waste
wheeling patients or equipment around the various parts of the hospital by way of lifts and long corridors
transporting patients who have died from the ward to the mortuary
driving a buggy from building to building around the hospital grounds.
As a porter with the NHS, you will be paid on the NHS Agenda for Change. The current pay scales are from April 2021. You would normally start on Band 2, £19,609 to £21,615 a year. You might earn more for working shifts or overtime.
If promoted to head porter or supervisor you would be on Band 3, £21,709 to £23,603 a year.
The work is mostly indoors in a hospital or nursing home, but you may clean and tidy outside areas at times.
You may work in a particular department such as operating theatres or the x-ray department.
You would work shifts including nights, weekends and public holidays.
You would have to wear a uniform and sometimes protective clothing.
There would be a lot of heavy lifting of patients and equipment.
You would have to deal with unpleasant sights and smells.