Patient Escort Job at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – Nottingham

Job overview

The postholder will work as part of the Patient Escort team providing a 24 hour, 7 days per week efficient and effective service throughout the Trust transferring patients from one ward to another and/or clinical area via wheelchair, trolleys or beds.

The postholder will also be responsible for the transportation of items required for immediate patient care including items such as medical gases, samples, fluids, bloods, medication.

To adopt a caring and friendly manner at all times.

Hours of work will be 37.5 per week working predominantly 2pm-10pm and 4pm-12am on a rota basis which will include weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

Safe handling and lifting of patients and the movements of patients via wheelchair, trolley, bed, PAT slide, hoists, to all wards and departments.

Assist the nursing team whilst transporting patients who are on ventilators/medical gas etc.

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarize yourself with full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Transfer deceased patients to the mortuary in a dignified manner ensuring the safe opening and closing of the mortuary.

Ensure that patient movement requests are actioned promptly.

Inform the supervisory/management team of any untoward incident and equipment faults.

Respond to requests for medical gases from wards and departments.

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarize yourself with full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Adhere to health & safety and departmental procedures relating to the security of the Gas stores.

Provide an emergency collection service of blood samples in the event of pneumatic tube failure.

Working for our organisation

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them. Our Team is tight knit and work well together. This vacancy would suit an individual who wishes to have a physical and rewarding role as part of patient care and patient experience at NUH. Patient Movement services provide a high level of support on an on-going basis for overall capacity and flow

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As well as the main duties as above this role also includes the following:


Patient Escort provides a service to the Pharmacy Department. Staff based within this area will be required to provide a medicines transport service to wards and departments to expedite patient discharges. These duties will include:

Collecting all pharmaceutical products from Pharmacy

Delivering all pharmaceutical products to wards and clinic areas in accordance with the daily schedule

Ensuring that all Pharmacy safe systems of work and procedures are adhered to in accordance with the handling of controlled drugs.

For purposes of clarity, Patient Movement Porters are not expected to undertake the following duties:

All patients must be transferred with their medical notes – ward staff are responsible for providing them to portering staff, porters are not expected to locate them.

Porters should not transfer patients between beds and trolleys without clinical assistance.

Porters should not unplug/plug in any medical equipment – this is the responsibility of ward/clinical staff. Porters should only unplug/plug in beds under the direct instruction/supervision of nursing staff.

Porters should not take patients off wall mounted oxygen and put them on bottled (and vice versa) – this is the responsibility of ward clinical staff.

Preparing the patient prior to moving, including getting the bed ready and the bagging of patient property – this is the responsibility of ward / clinical staff.

Locating oxygen when required at QMC wards – ward staff are responsible for providing them to portering staff, porters are not expected to locate them.


To have accountability to dispatch staff who will prioritise patient movement requests.

Liaise with clinical staff where appropriate as to the requirements/needs of the individual patient being transferred.

Report and relay to appropriate personnel information regarding queries/problems relating to patient movement.

Ensure that the communication equipment is fit for daily use, test batteries each day and report any fault to your immediate supervisor/line manager.

Person specification

Training & qualifications

Essential criteria

Ability to understand and adhere to working practices for providing a Patient Escort service.

Desirable criteria

First Aid Certificate/Basic Life Support Training

Full Driving Licence


Essential criteria

Significant experience in relation to working in a healthcare settting

Experience in the safe use of electric vehicles ie., hand held tugs and sit on electric vehicles

Bring your whole self to work for us at NUH. We love diversity and we value your difference, your unique skills, knowledge and experience. Becoming one of our people may realise your potential, helping us to raise our performance in delivering world class healthcare to the diverse patient populations we serve.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are currently under-represented at NUH.

Closing Dates: Please submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment; we reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

Communication: All communication related to your application will be via the email address you have provided. Please ensure you check your email account including your junk email regularly.

Easy read application: if you have a disability and find it difficult to complete our online application form, you can apply via our easy read application which you can find on the intranet https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/easy-read-job-application

Salary: The quoted salary will be on a pro rata basis for part time workers.

Disability Confidence: All applicants who have declared a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted.

At Risk of redundancy: NHS employees within the East Midlands who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy will be given a preferential interview where they meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

Skilled Workers Visa: We welcome applications from individuals who require a skilled worker visa in line with the Home Office regulations. NON-UK/NON SETTLED candidates may not be appointed, if a suitably qualified and skilled UK/SETTLED candidate is successful at interview stage as it is unlikely that the Trust is able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements

ID and Right to work checks: NUH authenticate all ID and right to work documentation such as passports, visa’s and driving license through a system called Trust ID. NUH will scan your ID and right to work documentation in to the Trust ID system at your face to face ID appointment. The system will run a check against the key security features within your documentation. The system will provide us with an outcome of your check which will be stored securely on your personal file along with all other pre-employment check documentation.

Transfer of information: If I have previous NHS service – I consent to the transfer of my Electronic Staff Record (ESR) data between this and other NHS Trusts. I also consent to the Occupational Health Department confidentially accessing my occupational health records from my current or previous employer in order to check the status of my vaccinations, immunisations s and screening tests as relevant to the post. I understand this is an automated process and the information will only be used for these purposes prior to me taking up the position at NUH.

Disclosure and Barring Service: Your post maybe subject to a DBS check which incur a cost dependent on the level of check required (£45 for enhanced and £28 for standard). I agree to reimburse Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if it is required (by deduction from first month’s pay). Should I decide to withdraw from my job offer, I agree to reimburse Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the cost of the DBS check undertaken by cheque or other agreed method.

About the Company

Company: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust –

Company Location:  Nottingham

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