Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service


Full Time Driver West

Band 3 – Salary Scale: £-16271 - 19268

Location: Hawthorn Street, Glasgow

As a vital part of NHS Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland’s mission is to enable and support the delivery of better health and better care, working in partnership. We do this by providing a range of specialised support services that enable NHS Boards to focus their efforts on delivering health improvement and patient care.

Applications are invited for the post of Full Time Driver within the Logistics section of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion.

As part of a team the driver provides various transport services to SNBTS. These services must be delivered to a high standard and will involve travel throughout Scotland. Some weekend working and overnight stays are required. Participation in an out of hours on-call system will be required. A range of vehicles require to be driven covering cars, coaches and articulated vehicles.

The successful candidate will require to hold valid licence for class A and C plus E (car and articulated vehicle). Canididates must also be in possession of a current Drivers CPC.

The successful candidate(s) must comply with the Mandatory Induction Standards and with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers.

Our benefits package includes final salary pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this vacancy, please contact Derek Pye or Jake Glenny on 0141 347 1575.

Please note only those applicants called for an interview will be contacted. If you have not received a response within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

For an application pack please complete the online application form on the SHOW website Ref G22274

Closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on 22nd April 2014

Further information on NSS is available from:

NHS National Services Scotland is the common name of the Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service.

NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer.

Candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria will be guaranteed an interview.



Full Time Driver West








/ Previous experience in a large vehicle driving role
Previous face to face dealings with goods in departments, customers / Experience in an NHS environment
Dealing with members of the public


/ A class licence
C plus E licence
Driver CPC / D class licence.
Training / Training to support required licences and CPC / Other driving training not specified

Knowledge and Skills

/ Recent experience in driving
C plus E vehicles
Basic Keyboard skills
Good knowledge of drivers hours regulations
Good record keeping
Good Interpersonal skills
Good road safety record / Experience driving class D vehicles
Experience driving emergency vehicles
Advanced driving certificate

Personal Qualities

/ Good team member who communicates well with staff, management, customers and external organizations.
General / Good understanding of Health and Safety requirements


Job Holder
Job Title / Full Time Driver West
Immediate Senior Officer / Transport Co-Ordinator
Division / Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Location / Glasgow
To deliver and collect blood products throughout Scotland; drive a wide range of service vehicles; support Donor services collection activity by participation at collection sessions


The drivers have a split-reporting role. Whilst working at Donor Sessions they report to the Session Manager. At all other times they report to the Transport Co-Ordinator

  • Carries out all session and driving tasks in compliance to with the current Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Complies with Health and Safety regulations to ensure safe working procedures and health and safety of other staff and members of the public

  • Responsible for vehicle maintenance checks and preparation to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy, clean and tidy and are available for immediate use.
  • Undertake emergency drives under blue light conditions on demand
  • Ensure that deliveries, collections, equipment and staff movements are effected within agreed timescales and that they are done according to issued quality and safety standards.
  • Ensure the correct storage conditions are applied to each product following the guidelines issued
  • Ensure that equipment vehicles are loaded/unloaded correctly for session work and assist with setting up and monitoring of equipment at blood donor sessions , ensuring with other team members the efficient preparation and conduct of the session
  • Undertake clerical and specialist technical procedures at sessions as directed and agreed to meet Session Managers and Medical Officers needs for adequate staffing levels ie. Progesa, set up, monitor and operational input
  • Advise on access, parking and other transport related issues during assessment of new venues to ensure their suitability
  • Complete accurately and within required timescales all documents and computer input necessary to record and verify transportation of personnel and products
  • Undertake driving and operation of Mobile Donating Centres to enable mobile sessions to operate as part of the donor programme
  • Plan and follow routes to and from sessions, hospitals, emergency sites etc to facilitate the best route consistent with economy, safety and time
  • Participate in out of hours on call system giving cover over 24/7/365 ( 2.7 weeks in 52)

The driver will receive and provide complex or sensitive information. This information will come from or be given to;
  • Other colleagues within SNBTS i.e. other drivers, Donor Services, laboratory and other hospital staff
  • Medical and nursing staff
  • Members of the public
The communication will be in the form of oral, face-to-face, electronically or hard copy.
The driver deals with confidential information on a daily basis
A driver must be in the possession of a driving licence appropriate to the vehicles available in the pool. This will include ordinary, LGV and PCV
After suitable training they must maintain and apply a high level of specialist knowledge across a range of work procedures and practices (both session and driving) which must be underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience
Drivers must undertake continuous professional development and will maintain and develop specialist skills and knowledge in order to contribute to the continuous development of the Blood Transfusion Service
Drivers must be able to maintain the reputation and image of SNBTS at all times
Drivers are guided by SOPs, Road Traffic Acts and good practice. They are supervised by the Transport Co-Ordinator whilst on Supply Chain driving work and Session Managers whilst on Donor work. Drivers will work for long periods unsupervised. Formal objectives are set and agreed annually and reviewed bi-annually.
Work comes from the following sources
  • Line managers/departmental heads
  • External and internal customers
  • Self generated

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Working Conditions
Adverse working conditions for drivers will include
  • Working in adverse weather conditions – carrying equipment into and out from sessions and making deliveries
  • Driving in adverse weather conditions
  • Use of VDU
  • Direct contact with untested blood samples and product
  • Working in locations that are not specifically designed for the purposes of blood collection ie. church halls, community centres etc
  • Driving under emergency conditions claiming exemptions from under the regulations within the Road Traffic Act
  • 24 hour shift working is required
  • Requirement to spend nights away from home to facilitate collection process ( 2 weeks/person/year )
  • Disturbance to home life due to on call activity
Physical Effort
There is frequent requirement to exert moderate to heavy physical effort for long periods e.g lifting and moving cases of blood within centres and at community donor sessions.; loading unloading lorries at sessions. There is a requirement to participate in ‘two persons’ lifts for items greater than 10 kilos
Mental Effort
There is a frequent requirement for intense concentration within the work period. This requirement is unpredictable within the shift and is prolonged whilst doing emergency drives
Emotional Effort
Occasional exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances e.g receiving information on major incidents, urgently delivering blood into busy hospitals, being informed of patients death.
Job Holder’s Signature / Date
Senior Officer/Head of Department Signature

Summary of Key Terms and Conditions of Post


Location:Hawthorn Street, Glasgow

Job Title & AfC Pay Band:Driver Band 3

Salary/Salary Scale:£16,271 - £19,268 per annum

Conditions of Service:Your terms and conditions of service are in accordance with the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions Handbook. Agenda for Change comprises a National pay system and job evaluation scheme for the Health Service, a harmonised set of terms and conditions of employment and a Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Hours of Duty:The standard full-time hours for NHS staff are 37.5 hours, exclusive of meal breaks, normally to be worked over 5 days per week. The hours of this post are 37.5.

Annual Leave:The annual leave arrangements are:

  • 27 days (202.5 hours) on commencement
  • 29 days (217.5 hours) after 5 years’ service
  • 33 days (247.5 hours) after 10 years’ service.

8 public and statutory holidays are also available within the leave year.

Superannuation:All new entrants to NHS National Services Scotland who are aged sixteen but under seventy five will be enrolled

automatically as a member of the NHS Superannuation

Scheme (Scotland). The pension scheme is provided by the

Scottish Public Pensions Agency. This scheme is a

Qualifying pension scheme, which means it meets or exceeds

The government’s new standards. All benefits including life

Insurance and family benefits are explained on the SPPA

Website further information on

Membership benefits, contributions, or how to opt out of the

Scheme, please refer to the enclosed factsheet “Auto


Medical Assessment: Appointment to this post will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance. The successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-employment health declaration form and, where appropriate, undergo a health assessment by the Occupational Health Service. Summary of Key Terms and Conditions of Post (cont.)

Knowledge and SkillsThe NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework applies

Framework:to all jobs covered by Agenda for Change. Under the Knowledge and Skills Framework, staff will have annual development reviews, which will result in the production of a personal development plan.

There is equal access to training for all staff.

Equal Opportunities Policy:NSS is an Equal Opportunities employer and the policy applies to all aspects of employment.

Smoking Policy: NSS operates a No Smoking Policy.

Right to Work in the UKIn accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, NHS National Services Scotland has a legal obligation to ensure that it does not employ anyone who has not been granted the relevant permission to work in the UK. We are therefore required to check the entitlement to work in the UK of all prospective employees.

All shortlisted applicants will be asked to produce specific original documentation plus a photocopy when attending interview.

Applications from candidates who require a Tier 2 Certificate of sponsorship will only be considered if no suitable UK or EEA national is identified for this post.



Working for the NHS provides individuals with excellent career prospects and access to a wide range of jobs. NHS National Services Scotland employs approximately 3,500 staff working in a number of locations across Scotland.

Some of the benefits of working for NHS National Services Scotland are:-

  • A minimum of 27 days annual leave (pro rata) increasing with service
  • Eight public holidays (pro rata) per year
  • Access to flexible, family friendly working arrangements
  • Membership of the NHS Scotland superannuation scheme. Membership also includes a lump sum death in service benefit.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Season Ticket Loan Scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to national and local staff discounts and promotions
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Employee Counselling Service