A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.
Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.
At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.
We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff. All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do.
If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.
There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 27 February 2020
The Board of Directors is accountable for setting strategic direction, monitoring performance against agreed objectives, and promoting links between the Trust and our local communities.
We take our accountability seriously and recognise the importance of responsible, accountable, open and effective governance.
We include a patient or staff story at every meeting and encourage staff and members of the public to attend our meetings, which are held in public.
View the latest Board papers.
Our next Board meeting will be held in public on Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 9:30am at the Oasis Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY.
Please note that meetings for 2020 will start at 9.30am and are held on the last Wednesday of every other month. This means that meetings will be held in March, May, July, September, November and January.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 September at Cosham Baptist Church from 6.00 - 8.30pm. The agenda for 2019's event can be found here.
For more information please contact David Gordon, Board Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02392 286 376.
Our Board committees, all chaired by a Non-Executive Director and reporting to the Board, provide strengthened oversight and management of planning, performance and risk. More informaiton on the remit and membership of the committees is available in our annual reports.
The Audit Committee is responsible for oversight and scrutiny of our internal control and risk management systems. The committee ensures effective internal audit arrangements are in place that meet NHS audit standards and provide independent assurance to the board.
The committee reviews the findings of external audit and has oversight of the Trust’s counter fraud arrangements.
The Remuneration Committee is chaired by our Chairman. It has delegated authority from the Board to determine the remuneration policy and performance management framework and to set individual remuneration arrangements for the Trust’s executive directors.
The Quality and Performance Committee reviews delivery of key national, local and internal performance targets. The committee oversees clinical quality and effectiveness to drive continuous improvement. It scrutinises specific issues identified by the committee or others to seek assurance on their management or resolution.
The committee reviews financial reporting and management, identifying and monitoring progress against risks relating to these areas. It provides assurance to the board on all significant performance aspects relating to finance and infrastructure as well as reviewing financial aspects of investment proposals.
This committee reviews workforce and organisational development, including monitoring implementation of the trust’s workforce and organisational development strategy and compliance with relevant national standards, regulations and local staffing requirements. This includes a particular focus on safe staffing of the hospital to ensure we provide safe, high quality, patient centred care and that the trust’s strategic priorities and ambitions are delivered in an affordable manner.
Melloney Poole OBE joined the Trust Board in May 2017 and was appointed Chairman on 1 November 2017.
Since June 2015, she has been the head of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the other grant programmes funded by LIBOR fines which directly supports the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK.
Melloney is a corporate, charity and public administrative law solicitor with 25 years of private sector commercial and corporate experience before becoming the head of the legal department for the Big Lottery Fund in 2003. She developed the combined legal service department which now supports all the legal and governance matters for the Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
In addition, Melloney had had a parallel career as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, serving on the boards of three NHS Trusts, and is the Vice Chair of the Health Foundation.
She has also been a volunteer and fundraiser for various charities and a magistrate on the Preston bench. Melloney was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for legal and governance services.
Christine Slaymaker CBE joined the Board in May 2017. Prior to this she was Chief Executive of Farnborough College of Technology, rated “Outstanding” for Quality and Financial Health. She is a business graduate and has held non-executive positions for a number of organisations including Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, Treloar School and College, a Royal Engineers charity and the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Christine was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2014. She is from the Portsmouth area and still lives locally.
David Parfitt joined the Board in May 2017. He is a chartered accountant, with broad commercial experience in a number of complex customer orientated businesses undergoing significant change, including the Granada Group, TSB Group and Lloyds Banking Group where he was the Risk, Control and Accounting Director of its retail banking business.
In addition, he has direct experience of the NHS, firstly as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Luton and NHS Bedfordshire Primary Care Trusts and then as a lay member (audit and governance) of NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
Martin Rolfe is Chief Executive Officer of NATS, the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management services. Previously, Martin was the Managing Director of Operations at NATS, responsible for delivering NATS’ regulated UK air traffic business.
Prior to joining NATS, Martin worked for the Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was Managing Director of its £350M UK civil business.
Martin holds a master’s degree in aerospace systems engineering from the University of Southampton. His career started with the European Space Agency working in orbital mechanics. Since then, Martin has worked in the aviation domain for more than 20 years across a number of companies leading large multinational teams across Europe, the US, and Asia with customers that include central government departments, military organisations and air navigation service providers.
Gary Hay has been a solicitor for more than 25 years, most of which was spent acting for public sector bodies including the NHS, police, fire and local government. He has acted as trusted legal adviser to many NHS Trusts across the country, advising on employment law issues at a senior level. He is a recognised public speaker and is particularly known for his work around equality and diversity.
During his time in private practice, Gary sat on the boards of two firms for a combined total of 14 years. At Capsticks solicitors, as well as helping to shape and deliver an ambitious strategy for growth, he was responsible for a number of key initiatives, including expansion into new geographies, developing new markets and establishing an HR consultancy service.
Gary recently set up his own consultancy, Law2Business, focussed on training and coaching for lawyers. He is also Chair of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.
Commodore Inga Kennedy is Head of the Royal Navy Medical Services and is based in Navy Command Headquarters on Whale Island, Portsmouth. She is a registered nurse, midwife and nurse lecturer, has undertaken post-graduate studies in education and has had the opportunity to attend the Ashridge Leadership and Management Centre as well as the Royal College of Defence Studies as an associate. Although her roots still lie in the north east of Scotland, Commodore Kennedy now lives in Fareham with her husband Mark, who is also serving in the Royal Navy.
Commodore Kennedy has a keen interest in the governance and assurance of healthcare and was most recently the Inspector General for the Defence Medical Services, a role similar to that carried out by the Care Quality Commission across England. With extensive experience in this area, she further developed systems and processes that deliver credible research based evidence, providing an assurance of the standard of healthcare delivered across defence.
Commodore Kennedy was appointed to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, as a Commander in the 2017 New Year Honours. She enjoys walking, sailing and skiing. A keen supporter of Adventurous Training and the Joint Services Sail Training Centre, she has enjoyed a number of trips around the Mediterranean and Caribbean as well as the UK, most recently as part of the Jubilee Regatta celebrations.
Roger Burke-Hamilton is an ex senior civil servant with over 25 years of experience in public sector and director level roles in the private sector. He has a technology background with considerable expertise in sourcing and managing supply chains for large critical national infrastructure, business to business logistics, and workforce transformation.
Roger has a strong commitment to bring technology innovation into practical daily use for social advancement. He is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (FRSA) and mentors an entrepreneur who is building a philanthropy platform. Roger also sits on the Board at University of Portsmouth as an externally appointed gGovernor.
Roger's skill set includes setting leadership strategies, technical operations and commercial teams. His capabilities cover developing intellectual property in software using different technology stacks and cloud abstractions, cost modelling, asset valuation techniques, eco-system deployment involving complex cross-category and multi-channel delivery.
Mark first qualified as a nurse before moving into general and senior management roles within the NHS. He has worked at senior director level at a number of high profile London Hospital Trusts, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
He also held the role of Managing Director at Whipps Cross, and in the newly merged Barts Health NHS Trust he became their Executive Director for Delivery. Before taking up the post of Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Mark held the role of Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Midlands and East at NHS Improvement.
Mark is Chairman of the A&E delivery Board of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and a member of the NHS Employers Policy Board.
Mark is passionate about leadership development, and he is committed to working with patients, championing the best outcomes for each and every one.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Having trained as a Nurse in New Zealand, Nigel brings a wealth of experience having held both Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer roles in acute Trusts in the NHS. He has over 14 years of Board level experience as well as previous experience as an acting Strategic Health Authority Chief Nurse for two Strategic Health Authorities. Nigel also has commissioning and international experience. Nigel is committed to improving health outcomes through development and engagement of the workforce, service re-design, effective healthcare planning, and excellent governance. He is passionate about excellence in leadership and operational management.
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Nicole joined the Trust as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in October 2018. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector, including the role of Director of HR and Corporate Services for Hampshire Constabulary and senior roles within the Probation Service and local government.
Nicole is passionate about creating an environment of support and wellbeing for staff, particularly in relation to keeping staff safe at work and addressing the issue of violence against staff.
Nicole is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a master’s degree from Cambridge University. She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Panel to the military.
Liz has previously held a number of director-level nursing positions in large, integrated trusts, most recently at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust where she was Chief Nurse
Liz is passionate about delivering quality care for patients through clinical leadership at all levels. She has the experience needed to develop strong nursing teams who manage workforce, patient experience and environment while also living the trust values: working together for patients, with compassion, as one team and always improving.
Liz is one of the few nurses to graduate from the NHS Management Training Scheme after working in the health service for a number of years.
John spent three years gaining general medicine experience before training in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia in the South West and Wessex. He spent a year as a visiting instructor at the University of Michigan Hospital before taking a post in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust at the start of 2000.
He led the design of our state-of-the-art critical care facilities, and was one of the clinical team leading on design for the whole hospital. He was Clinical Director for the Department of Critical Care from 2010-2016, during which it was rated as “Outstanding” by the CQC. He has been a CQC Specialist Advisor for acute hospital inspections and has a long-held passion for improving patient safety and quality of services, championing an open and learning culture based on strong multi-disciplinary team working.
Director of Strategy and Performance
Penny joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2018 from NHS Improvement having held senior leadership roles across the wider health system in London and the South.
Penny’s role as Delivery and Improvement Director for NHS Improvement involved oversight of the provider organisations across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.
Before joining NHS Improvement (formerly the NHS Trust Development Authority) Penny was the Area Director for South London at NHS England, Director of Delivery at the South East London PCT Cluster and held a number of roles at NHS London Strategic Health Authority, latterly supporting the implementation of the Healthcare for London programme.
Penny joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee and holds an economics degree and post graduate diploma in healthcare management.
Director of Governance and Risk
Lois joined the Trust in April 2018 as Director of Integrated Governance. Lois is a solicitor by background and has many years’ experience in governance and regulatory roles. She worked in local government before joining the NHS in 2007, and has also spent time as a consultant in governance and regulation, supporting clients across the public and private sectors.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Orchard joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2019 as Chief Financial Officer.
Previously Mark was Executive Director of Finance at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of four NHS providers working together with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group as a wave one integrated care system. Mark is currently national chair of the NHS Providers Finance and Commercial Directors Network.
Mark has also held the Wessex system Finance Director post at NHS England, the Commissioning Finance Director role at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and more latterly, at NHS Bournemouth and Poole. Mark was national president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) during 2016/17 and served a full 10 years as Trustee on their national Board between 2009 to 2019.
Director of Communications and Engagement