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.

Working life

As a driver, you could drive:

ambulance training vehicle

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 work with a ambulance care assistants nurses or donor carers. You may also work alone. 

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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