Drivers work in different parts of the NHS undertaking a variety of roles, including picking up patients and delivering goods and supplies .

This page has information on the role of drivers in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

As a driver, you could drive

You may be responsible for checking the vehicle before and after work, keeping it clean inside and out and reporting any faults.

Some PTS drivers are volunteers who use their own cars to transport patients.

Drivers may combine driving with other work, for example

Who will I work with?

Depending on your role, you might drive:

Entry requirements

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 expect good levels of numeracy and literacy. They may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths. Employers may also ask for relevant driving or customer service experience. This could be from paid or voluntary work.

Skills needed

NHS drivers need to be:

Training and development

When you join the NHS as a driver, you will get the training you need. This may depend on the type of driving you are doing. The training may include health and safety, lifting and handling and customer care.

You may be expected to go on short courses on particular topics such as handling hazardous waste. You may be encouraged to take further qualifications such as training to drive other vehicles.

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