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Vehicle Driver (HGV) - Band 3

Western Health and Social Care Trust



Reports to: Transport Operations Manager

Accountable to: Head of Transport

Department/Directorate: Planning Performance and Corporate Services

Location: Gransha Transport Department

Work Pattern: As and When Required


Job Summary

As a professional/vocational driver, the post holder will required daily to drive a range of goods vehicles up to and including Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) over 7.5 tonnes – to deliver goods, equipment or other items/articles across the Trust.

The post holder will be required to have a current knowledge of all freight ‘scheduled runs’ in area and all Trust transport procedures (including safe operating procedures) – and be part of any driver rotation for ‘scheduled runs’. 

The post holder will be required to operate daily as a ‘lone worker’ to plan routes daily and adjust for road/traffic conditions and ad-hoc requests - and will be required to provide feedback to Operational Managers, e.g. changes to route planning and safe operating procedures.

The post holder will be required to use own initiative on each shift and act to problem solve task related issues, e.g. to address daily unplanned transport requests, disassemble/assemble equipment for transport, and any issues/queries promptly on site with customers (patients/clients and Trust staff) – and to promote a high quality service at all times.

The post holder will be physically fit - and as an integral part of role will be required to undertake handling/lifting/pushing/pulling of heavy/bulky equipment/goods/items on each shift (including high value goods/equipment).

Post holders will drive passenger vehicles to provide cover for ‘bus schedules’ as required to meet the needs of the service.

Note: Drivers will work 37 ½ hour week.  Start/finish times on each ‘scheduled run’ will vary – and will be subject to change to meet the needs of the service.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Use of advanced driving skills to drive a range of goods vehicles (including heavy goods vehicles - HGV) – and be responsible daily for the safe use of all Trust vehicles as high value Trust assets.  Ensure the security of vehicles and contents at all times.
  • Drive any vehicle each shift within the limits of your driving licence, in a careful, lawful manner – including ‘scheduled runs’ and any unplanned ad-hoc requests.
  • Ensure driving licence entitlements (including ‘Category C’ Heavy Goods Vehicles) are valid and renewed on a timely basis.
  • Operate daily as a ‘lone worker’ driver with minimal supervision.
  • Ensure all deliveries are timely and that the focus is on the customer and the delivery of a high quality service at all times.  Use initiative on each shift and problem solve to address any task issues (e.g. disassemble and assemble of bulk/medical equipment for transport, and delivery issues or queries promptly on site with customers (e.g. incorrect deliveries and lack of information).
  • Be flexible and courteous to customers at all times, (e.g. patients/clients, Trust staff, and public).
  • To load/unload vehicles, duties include regular manual lifting/handling/pulling/pushing of equipment/goods/items throughout each shift.  This includes heavy/bulky items over 20kg; e.g. stores/laundry cages, laundry carts, bulky furniture/equipment, 770ltr waste bins, medical equipment etc.
  • Direct handling of items (including hazardous items) regularly throughout each shift to load/unload vehicles in accordance with Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs).  Examples include; foul linen bags, waste bags and bins (including hazardous infectious clinical waste and offensive waste), lab samples (including Covid-19), dirty HSDU equipment etc.
  • Transport of hazardous clinical waste will be in accordance with ADR Requirements - and complete written daily waste transfer/consignment notes.
  • Undertake daily ad-hoc job requests from Operations Manager (adjust route and schedule on each shift accordingly).
  • Complete all delivery paperwork clearly in writing (in paper or on mobile electronic app) and keep all records as required.  Receive and complete daily ad-hoc job requests electronically on mobile app to ensure full traceability.
  • Plan driving routes daily – make adjustments to route/schedule as required for road and traffic conditions and ad-hoc requests each day.

For more details view the full job description in the Additional information section below.




Gransha Transport Department

Northern Ireland

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer
Vehicle Driver (HGV) - Band 3

Western Health and Social Care Trust

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