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Hospital Porter

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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Assist medical staff with routine tasks, such as moving patients between wards etc.

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A hospital porter has to make sure that patient's, equipment and records are in the right place at the right time. They help patients get from place to place. They use wheelchairs and trolleys to move patients who cannot walk to their X-rays or to have tests performed.  
The duties of a porter depend on individual hospitals and departments. In general, porters move patients around the hospital from ward to ward, or to and from various departments. This might be done with the patient on a stretcher, a trolley, or in a wheelchair. Porters also help to transfer patients to and from trolleys and beds, using equipment that minimises lifting.  
Porters transport and deliver equipment, blood samples and medical records, as well as moving and fitting medical gas cylinders. Other tasks include sorting and handing out laundry, helping nurses with linen and bedclothes, tidying up, removing rubbish and clinical waste, cleaning trolleys, delivering mail and running general errands.  
Porters can be attached to a particular department such as the X-ray department or operating theatres. They keep in touch with their supervisors via radio paging 'bleepers'. Sometimes, porters are involved in the care and comfort of distressed relatives.  
The work can be strenuous, dirty, heavy and stressful and there is an unpredictable workload.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.


Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.


Admit patients for hospital stays.


Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.


Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.


Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).


Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.


Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.


Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.


Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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You must be healthy and fit to do this job. You will also need to be sympathetic, tactful and understanding, as you will meet patients and relatives who are upset.  
You must be practical, responsible and able to communicate with a wide range of people - some of whom may be very sick or distressed. You must be able to follow instructions accurately and work as part of a team.

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One route to becoming a Hospital Porter is to look into Health Care Assistant Courses (Level 5) in Further Education and Training Colleges. 

The Healthcare Support Certificate is the Department of Health's recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector. See Course Search Here

There are other adult education training programmes such as 'Community Health Services' (Level 5) that are VTOS courses and aimed at unemployed adults over the age of 21 who are unemployed for over 6 months.

The HSE recruit hospital porters and provide on the job training for hospital porters and other support service employees.

Applications should be made by Curriculum Vitae to the Personnel Department of the Hospital, when vacancies are advertised. You will need to be at least 18 years of age and may be required to undergo a medical examination, which would include a test of physical fitness, before commencement of employment.  

Hospital Porters are generally given a brief induction course covering procedural information about the hospital, health and safety regulations and lifting techniques.  
Further training is carried out on the job, with guidance from experienced staff. New Porters work under supervision for their first few weeks, and often rotate through the various duties until they have gained experience of all types of work.

Last Updated: January, 2016

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