Porters – People who Make Places in Healthcare

Hospital portering teams are integral to the flow and function of every hospital and our award-winning team at University Hospital Derby & Burton is no exception.The team performs duties which have direct, positive impact on the hospital’s successful performance – and every patient and stakeholder who interacts with the hospital. 

Derby Porters
Porters at Derby are often the first and last touchpoints throughout the patient and clinician journey. In a ‘normal’ non-Covid year the team handles 78,000 patient-related moves, delivery of specimens, moving 2,000 tonnes of waste and of course, is the welcoming face at the start and end of a hospital visit.

Patient and non-patient care

The high performing Portering team consists of 153 porters who are part of a strong dedicated team of placemakers, supervisors and managers who make up the ISS contract.

The patient and non-patient porters provide vital frontline facilities in an environment where patient service runs site-wide 24 hours a day. The management team works together with the Trust to ensure that support is provided to an area experiencing high demands, without affecting the quality of service provided within the other departments.

Non-patient porters transport equipment, waste, mattresses, gas cylinders and other items that are key to the effective running of the hospital. Clear communication with clinical teams is vital and the dispatcher, who coordinates the logistics of the department, is linked to a bespoke software package for portering allocation and resource tracking.


Ensuring improvement through effective partnerships

The ISS management team creates their goals and objectives to align with the client strategy. The starting point for the ISS team is reviewing the feedback and data gathered from the client, patients and team to enable them to achieve a shared purpose. 

Our team is encouraged and empowered to make suggestions or observations to ensure improvement through effective partnerships. A recent example occurred around an issue with medical gases, an area that doesn’t usually fall under the remit of the Portering team.


Award-winning teamwork

In 2021, the ISS Portering team won a prestigious IWFM Impact Award, which celebrates and showcases outstanding best practice which touches many areas of life. The Award was for for Team of the Year: Non-private sector; individually and collectively, porters are a vital pillar, supporting our hospitals and our communities. Read more about one of our placemakers at Derby, Avtar Samrai and the amazing Portering team here.