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Hospital porter

Hospital porters move patients, equipment and medical supplies around a hospital.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £24,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

Future employment

There will be 0.3% more Hospital porter jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks, you might:

  • move patients on trolleys or in wheelchairs between wards and departments
  • deliver clean linen to wards
  • collect waste, some of which may be hazardous
  • move furniture and medical equipment safely
  • transfer files, specimen samples and pharmacy boxes to different parts of the hospital
  • move deceased patients to the mortuary
  • deal with post and parcels

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital.

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
Volunteering and work experience

You might find it useful to get voluntary work experience in a health or care setting.

Direct application

You can apply directly to get into this job. Work experience in a healthcare setting will be useful, although not essential.

You'll normally need a good standard of literacy and numeracy. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. Customer service experience can also be useful.

It might help if you have a manual handling or health and safety certificate, although your employer will train you on these when you start.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

When applying for jobs, you'll be expected to show an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a hospital porter from Health Careers.

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With experience, you could progress to team leader or supervisor. You might need to have, or be working towards, qualifications in supervision and management.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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