Job Title: Porter, Band 4
Reference No: 11.005 (2022)
Department / Directorate: Logistics & Portering / Estates & Facilities Management 
Reports to: Portering Manager or Deputy

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is an exciting and dynamic place to work. The team at the Hospital are in the midst of implementing a new hospital strategy that has already delivered on the opening of a new renal unit, day surgery centre, step down facility in the community and the start of building works on a new ICU extension. It is an exciting time to join the TUH team and one of Ireland’s main teaching hospitals with so many plans to enhance patient care. The Hospital believes in investing in their team and offers excellent education and research opportunities.

TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 450 adult beds with over 3,500 people on staff and more than 50 different nationalities represented. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country, a regional orthopaedic trauma centre and a designated trauma unit.

TUH is one of the two main academic teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as medicine nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties. 
TUH Vision and Values
The vision of the Hospital is “People Caring for People to Live Better Lives” through excellent health outcomes supported by evidenced based practice, positive patient and staff experience in an empowering and caring environment. A culture of innovation and quality improvement in everything we do.
Our TUH CARE values – for patients, their families, our community and staff are:
  • Collaborate – together and with our academic and care partners
  • Achieve – our goals, positive outcomes and wellbeing
  • Respect – for patients, each other and our environment
  • Equity – for patients and staff
At TUH we view our staff as our most valuable asset and every member of the Team is valued equally.  We recognise that a skilled, satisfied and motivated workforce is a prerequisite to high quality care.
A full overview of TUH is available on www.tuh.ie/about us

purpose of the role:
Under the direction of the Logistics and Portering Manager, the Porter will provide a high-quality service to patients, staff and visitors, to undertake the movement of Patients, blood samples, equipment, documentation, food etc. in an efficient and safe manner.

Overview of role:
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the movement and transport of patients as required e.g. transport of patients to and from service areas (e.g.: x-ray, physiotherapy) etc. Removal of patients from ambulances, taxi’s, car’s, etc., transport of patients from concourse to wards etc.
  • Assist in the reception of patients
  • Transport goods including meals, laundry, waste, equipment, messages, specimens etc., throughout the Hospital complex
  • Take record and deliver telephone messages in a professional manner
  • Take precautions against fire, accidents, incidents and report to the appropriate staff
  • Undertake mortuary duties in a professional manner
  • Assist in the security of the Hospital
  • Ensure all gas cylinders e.g. (oxygen) are checked on a daily basis and replaced as necessary
  • Distribute patient related goods, flowers, and specimens when requested
  • Distribute hospital equipment as requested
  • Assist with the lifting of patients in accordance with the manual handling procedures
  • Ensure that hygiene standards are maintained within the designated areas and to ensure high levels of patient care, maintaining a high level of cleanliness within assigned area, complimentary with cleaning schedules
  • Undertake any relevant Training related to the role at the request of the Portering manager or assigned supervisor
  • Attend all Health and Safety lectures when required
  • Undertake any Portering related activity at the request of the assigned department manager,   (e.g.; Laboratory, Pharmacy etc.) in a motivated manner, utilising experience and initiative, ensuring activities are conducted in accordance with the assigned department’s polices, protocols and Portering requirements
  • Provide cover for supervisors as requested demonstrating leadership qualities
  • The Porter may be assigned to different areas within the Logistics and Portering Department by the Logistics and Portering Management team depending on the needs of the department.  If a Porter is assigned to an area they will be retain their rate of pay or be eligible for payment associated with that area, whatever’s the greater
  • Any other Portering duties assigned by the Logistics and Portering Management team

Qualifications & Experience required
must have:
  • Have been educated to a secondary level
  • Have passed an examination of comparable standard at second level
  • Have satisfactory relevant experience which encompasses demonstrable equivalent skills
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have fluent command and understanding of English language to include spoken and written

  • Previous Healthcare experience in a similar role
  • Previous experience in Customer Service

Reward & Recognition
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales, grade code 4197.
  • The appointment is for Locum weekend contract.
  • The annual leave entitlement is 23 working days per year pro rata. The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st of March each year.
  • Normal working hours are 39 worked over 5 days/Nights Monday-Sunday.  However you will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager/designated deputy.  Your contracted hours of work are liable to change over 7 days/Nights to meet the requirements for extended day/Night services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement. 

Application process
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at www.tuh.ie/careers by completing the application form and attaching your CV.  Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.
All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to.

Informal Enquiries to: (Mr) (Derek Mc Donnell) (Portering) - Telephone (01) 4143121 or email derek.mcdonnell@tuh.ie
                         Closing Date: Before close of business on:  16th of December 2022

TUH Core Competencies:
Core Area Competency Level
Managing the service Quality & Safety of Service 1
Managing the service Delivery of Results 1
Managing Change Problem Solving & Decision Making 1
Managing Change Communications & Influencing 1
Managing Yourself Team player 1
Managing Yourself Planning and Organising 1
Managing People People Management 1
Managing People Leadership 1

Please go to www.tuh/careers for details of the core competencies