Transport Driver - Pathology (Coventry)

QE Facilities


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Job summary

QE Facilities Driver - Coventry

QE Facilities Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. An exciting opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to fill the position of Pathology Transport Driver. To provide an effective and efficient Pathology Transport Service to patients who are being discharged from hospital to their place of residence. Transferring patients with limited mobility and access. The department runs a 24 hour 7 day shift system so candidates must be flexible including nights and weekends. Ideally applicants will be first aid trained and must have a clean licence with experience in this field.

We require applicants to be good conversationalists, be compassionate and caring in nature and also to be punctual.

This post is for a Pathology Transport Driver, 37.5 hours 5 over 7 days Monday to Sunday.

QE Facilities work to their own Terms and Conditions and these are not the same as Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust Terms and Conditions. This is not an Agenda for Change Pay Rate

Main duties of the job

To provide an effective and efficient transport service which delivers and collects items such as laboratory specimens, post, medical records, lab stores, sterile supplies, furniture, computer and office equipment in addition to driving staff transportation vehicles.

The post holder will also be responsible for driving or assisting on a non-emergency patient transport ambulance transporting sick, injured or convalescent persons in a comfortable, caring, compassionate, empathic and reassuring, timely manner to defined standards and maintaining journey records.

The post holder will need to have the ability to effectively communicate with patients, relatives and health service colleagues. They will also provide a quality service to the patient, their relatives and carers ensuring safety whilst in the care of QE Facilities.

About us

QE Facilities (QEF) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust (GHNT), based in the North East of England.

We provide a range of non- clinical services to GHNT and other NHS organisations. Our services include: estates, facilities services, procurement, medical engineering and devices, endoscopy decontamination and sterile services, transport, out-patient pharmacy, and prevention & management of violence & aggression training (PMVA).

In addition we provide consultancy services, advising clients on all aspects of establishing a subsidiary company within an NHS body to the provision of VAT compliance advice.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake driving duties to the required standard subject to appropriate training, driving vehicles carefully with every consideration being given to the passenger, any equipment, the vehicle itself, other road users and to comply with Road Traffic Legislation.
  • It is of primary importance that the speed limit is adhered to in all cases, and that driving is safe and the patient is comfortable.
  • The post holder will be expected to plan their journeys, taking into account patient destinations along with the routes they should take, to ensure an efficient and effective service.
  • The post holder is required to undertake daily vehicle checks to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy; these checks shall include for example: oil, water, fuel, tyre pressure and tread condition, lights, warning devices etc.
  • Complete a daily VDI report for the vehicle or ensuring that where appropriate your crew member has done so before commencing a shift.
  • Report defects and deficiencies of the vehicle and equipment, and replace all items of vehicle inventory used in accordance with Policies and Procedures.
  • To maintain the vehicle and equipment in accordance with the organisations infection control policy
  • Remove and replace soiled linen and equipment in order to maintain sanitary conditions
  • Ensure a vehicle accident pack is kept on board the vehicle at all times and report any vehicle damage in accordance with company policy and procedures.
  • Responsible for vehicle upkeep, cleanliness and maintenance.
  • Ensure all safety checks and repairs are carried out.
  • To operate any communication system supplied / fitted/ operated by the Company in accordance with its Policies and Procedures.
  • To participate in the QEF driver rota covering of shifts and duties as required / directed.
  • To undertake all training as required by the Company, to include mandatory training.
  • To wear Personal Protective Equipment (Uniform etc.) as supplied by the Company. This equipment should be kept clean and tidy and worn to the required standard in accordance with the Companys Policies and Procedures.
  • The post holder will be responsible for recording information accurately using either computerised systems or hard copy as required.
  • Comply with all the Companys Policies and Procedures
  • Participate in the Companys appraisal scheme and associated continual professional development
  • To undertake any such operational duties that may be required in order to assist in the provision of a quality service in line with the Companys contractual obligation
  • Record accurate data/information to ensure quality standards are met i.e. timesheets, mileage records and fuel records.

Person Specification



  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Basic literacy & Numeracy qualifications


  • Customer Services NVQ (Desirable)
  • Basic Vehicle Maintenance (Desirable)
  • First Aid (Desirable)
  • Advanced Driving (Desirable)

Driving Licence


  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Basic literacy & Numeracy qualifications


  • Basic literacy & Numeracy qualifications
  • First Aid
  • Basic Vehicle Maintenance

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

QE Facilities


Unit 7 Fullwood close

Aldermans green industrial estate



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Kane Allsop


Date posted

28 April 2022

Pay scheme



Negotiable £19,127 per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Unit 7 Fullwood close

Aldermans green industrial estate



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