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Telephonist Receptionist job description

To operate the busy computerised switchboard and provide a professional and efficient service for the hospital, patients, visitors and general public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Responsible for providing a professional, efficient, friendly, customer focused and quality switchboard service at all times. Ensuring that all calls & enquiries are handled efficiently and within the set time where reasonably practicable.



􀂾 Respond to all internal and external calls in a confident, courteous and polite manner, regardless of the sometimes difficult, provoking, distressing and lengthy calls that have to be handled.


􀂾 Be conversant with all associated information relevant to the switchboard i.e all emergency procedures and policies, implement and act accordingly as and when required


􀂾 Implement the Major Incident Policy in conjunction with Senior Management, Ambulance Services and Police etc

􀂾 Cover reception duties and deal with all enquiries as required

􀂾 Issue and receive Departmental and Accommodation keys, ensuring they are both signed in and out of the department by authorised individuals and are stored securely


􀂾 Issue batteries for pagers/bleeps as required, ensuring individual’s signature is obtained.


􀂾 Monitor all alarm systems and take appropriate action as determined by the local policy / procedure

􀂾 Be familiar with and operate the internal bleeping system, act accordingly to procedures for emergencies, i.e Team calls for Cardiac Arrest, Trauma, Fire etc

􀂾 Complete daily test calls for emergency team group bleeps (as above) via the internal bleep system



� Pass messages to holders of external pagers via the paging bureau

􀂾 Liaise and inform Security/ Portering Supervisor in the event of disturbances

􀂾 Update doctors on-call board, and all information boards as required

􀂾 Complete all management, departmental and doctors on-call rota sheets daily  using information provided in on-call rota files and amend as required

􀂾 Be aware of staff on-call rotas and amend if required, ensuring the necessary information is passed onto colleagues and other staff

􀂾 Contact on-call staff as required via internal bleep system, pager or telephone

􀂾 Undertake booking of Transport out of hours as required by liaising with contracted provider

􀂾 Participate in training and guidance of all new and temporary staff

􀂾 To fully utilise the directory by use of a visual display unit and to report alterations,

queries and amendments

􀂾 The post holder will participate in objectives and targets and will have regular appraisals in order to identify any training requirements

􀂾 To cover the night shifts as and when required.

􀂾 Carry out any other duties associated with the post of Telephonist/Receptionist as required by the switchboard manager


Able to communicate at all levels

Good listening skills

Ability to prioritise workload

Keyboard Skills

Confident in following emergency procedures

Work as part of a team or on own

Able to use own initiative




Tactful & Diplomatic

Flexible approach

Able to deal with the public in a friendly & efficient


Remain polite at all times



Ability to deal with potentially difficult,

provoking, distressing, lengthy calls and