Doctor’s Driver – Working for EBPC
There’s more to working in healthcare than just treating patients. One of the many vital roles required to run out of hours services such as those provided by EBPC, is in fact the doctor’s driver. We are always looking for doctor’s drivers, who play a vital role in ensuring our doctors reach their patients safely and in a timely manner.
While not an emergency service, a doctor’s driver must none the less perform well under pressure, be a confident, safe driver and when necessary accompany the doctor on visits. It is the perfect role for those interested in working in the healthcare industry, without having to treat patients directly.
The key responsibilities of a doctor’s driver are as follows:
- Carefully driving the vehicle in accordance with the Highway code, as well as ensuring the comfort and safety of the passengers
- Refuelling the vehicle and making sure it is roadworthy and safe to drive at the commencement of every shift
- Driving the shortest, safest route to a destination without detours off route or home
- Escorting the GP when needed, assisting and supporting them in cases of, for example, a difficult patient
- Setting up and preparing oxygen cylinders equipment and nebulisers for the use of the doctor
- Ensuring all necessary equipment is available, fit for purpose, and documented
- Loading and unloading the appropriate medical equipment in the vehicle and making sure they are left with a responsible person or safe place
It is essential that applicants for the position of a doctor’s driver have a good standard of education to GCSE level, including English at Grade C or higher. They must have good keyboard skills, a full, clean UK driving license and good map reading skills. A good geographical knowledge of the local area is also desirable.
Training will be provided and so it is important that applicants are willing and able to undertake all relevant training, including the mandatory training modules.
Since the role of a doctor’s driver sometimes entails dealing with the public, it is crucial that applicants have previous experience working with the general public, as well as good communication skills and the proven ability to be able to work independently with minimum supervision.
Applicants should also be competent drivers, able to meet the expectations of the role. Previous experience of working in the NHS would also be a bonus.
Due to the nature of the role, doctor’s drivers are privy to some confidential information, and therefore must be able to maintain patient and staff confidentiality at all times in line with the Data protection Act.
Applicants must also be able to work professionally and effectively in a team, as well as taking the initiative to make certain decisions. It is vital that drivers are courteous, communicate well and are able to understand the needs of others. A strong sense of integrity is crucial, as is the ability to work flexibly according to the operational hours of the out of hours service.
Appearance and organisation is also important: drivers must be well-presented (a uniform will be provided) and have an organised approach to their work area and documentation.
Being a doctor’s driver
Working as a doctor’s driver will bring up new challenges everyday, and it is important drivers have the ability to adapt to these situations. Whether it’s dealing with an unruly patient or driving a tricky route, doctor’s drivers provide a vital role in providing care to patients. It requires adaptability, a high level of integrity and organisation, and may be the perfect stepping stone for those interested in going into driving emergency vehicles in the healthcare industry.
If you are interested in the role at EBPC, or would like to find out more, check out our website for details.