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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country. We provide a full range of services to more than 650,000 people across Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and West Sussex. Most services are provided at Queen Alexandra Hospital but we also offer a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities closer to patients’ homes. We handle around 130,000 Emergency Department admissions a year and have the busiest maternity department on the South Coast. The Trust employs around 6,000 staff and is the second largest employer in Portsmouth.


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust accommodation service provides a stepping stone for new employees that come from outside the area, allowing them to look for a suitable private dwelling. Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis.   

For more information contact the Residences Team on 02392 286216 or email Residences.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk


Annual Leave

The Trust offers a generous annual leave entitlement where typically most full-time staff will be entitled to 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 27 days will increase to 29 after 5 years NHS service and after 10 years service this will increase to 33 days! Part-time staff will receive leave calculated on a pro-rata basis, in relation to their annual leave allocation and their entitlement to public holidays.

It is also possible for employees to buy and sell annual leave.

Leave entitlements are set out in Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions Handbook, and Contractual terms and conditions for Medical and Dental staff.Staff employed under social care contracts and some clinical staff may have different allowances.

Aquillis Counsellors Service

Aquillis was established in 2006 and is a team of qualified counsellors / psychotherapists who came together to provide counselling for the staff of Portsmouth Hospitals Trust.

This service is based at the site of Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Beach Hut

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has a beach hut which is available for staff to hire free of charge.

The beach hut is equipped with general items such as table, chairs, and kettle etc. - all you need for a relaxing day, enjoying the sunshine on Southsea seafront.


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust employs chaplains as part of its multi-disciplinary team to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, relatives, carers and staff. Chaplains recognise that caring for patients is demanding, stress can sometimes become particularly difficult for staff to cope with the demands of work when personal issues are placing them under additional stresses and strains.

Chaplains offer a confidential service of listening and reflection for all staff to help them gain new perspectives on their current situation and enable them to move forward.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycling is a great way to commute and a great way to get fit, feel good, as well as saving you money on fuel costs, parking, and wear and tear on your car.

The Trust operates a Tax Efficient Saving Scheme to purchase a bicycle, protective clothing and locks etc. up to £4949 (conditions apply). An interest free loan of up to £750 is also available to purchase a bicycle, which is paid in 10 monthly instalments.

The Trust has over 230 bike spaces available and these are being added to all the time.Further information of cycling initiatives can also be obtained from Oasis on 02392 283333 or oasis@porthosp.nhs.uk

Development - Education and Training

Portsmouth Hospitals demonstrates a strong commitment to Education and Professional Development. With its Education Centre within the main hospital, training and education is well supported with staff library facilities accessible 24/7. The Learning & Development team co-ordinate, support and deliver teaching programmes across all disciplines, including training rotations, student placements and apprenticeships. Highly supportive induction programmes lead onto classroom, simulation, work-based and e-learning education opportunities.

With the additional benefit of a renowned TEAMS (Training, Education and Assessment by Medical Simulation) Centre on-site, international courses along with a comprehensive programme of local simulation training are easily accessible. These are offered as part of internal teaching programmes as well as stand-alone. The site also houses a practice suite where surgical simulation courses take place.

The high quality of education and training delivered by PHT’s Learning & Development team was recently endorsed by the award of a Quality Mark by the National Skills Academy for Health.

To discover more information about the variety of courses and programmes available for staff please visit the Learning & Development webpage.

Flexible Working

The Trust wants to enable staff to balance personal interests, family life and work more effectively. We also believe that our ability to attract high calibre staff will be enhanced by the fact that we can offer terms and conditions of employment best suited to individual circumstances and priorities.

A range of flexible working options are open to all staff aimed at helping them achieve a healthy work life balance. These include variable shift patterns, job share, part time, flexi time, career breaks, annualised hours, home working, term time working and phased return to work.

NHS Discounts

As an NHS Employee, you’ll be entitled to a whole range of discounts with retailers and other organisations. From reduced gym membership to money off your shopping, you can find most deals available on the Health Service Discounts website.

By joining Health Service Discounts you will receive regular emails with varied and exclusive offers.

NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS Pension Scheme is open to all NHS employees to save effectively for their retirement.

The scheme has been a cornerstone of the NHS reward package since its creation in 1948.

Oasis Wellness Centre

The Oasis Wellness Centre is an on site facility compromising of a gym, indoor heated swimming pool and a series of health and treatment services.

The centre is available for all staff.

Occupational Health

This service aims to promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of all employees and is concerned with the effects of work on health and vice versa. Occupational Health will liaise and communicate with staff and management and maintain complete confidentiality of occupational health records.

Park & Ride and On-site Parking

Park & Ride

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is unique in having a fast, cheap and reliable Park & Ride service for staff, located just 5 minutes away from the main site.

Staff who use the Park & Ride service can also park on the main site at Queen Alexandra Hospital after 15.30 until 08.30, Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.The service runs every 7 minutes during peak times, up to 15 minutes off peak. The service runs from 06.00 until 22.15, Monday to Friday. Between 21.10 and 22.15 the buses are replaced with pre-booked taxis.

On-site Parking

On-site parking spaces are allocated in accordance with Trust criteria (Subject to availability) which are based upon requirement to be on-site. Parking on site is limited to staff who;

- Work shifts commencing and finishing outside of the park and ride operating times.
- Are on permanent night shifts or work only weekends are exempt.
- Required to extensively use our vehicle for work journeys.
- Satisfy the criteria for Category A on call as determined by DDNC.
- Have children who attend Tops nursery during working hours ( Not guaranteed - Subject to availability/waiting list)
- Hold a disabled blue badge regulated by appropriate authorities.
- Volunteers not already employed by Portsmouth Hospitals.
- Are resident on-site.

Relocation Expenses

The Trust may offer financial assistance for newly appointed staff who as a result of their appointment need to move their main domestic residence a reasonable distance, including those staff appointed from overseas.

For more information regarding the Relocation Expenses policy click here.

Staff Engagement

Portsmouth Hospitals prides itself on having an engaged and empowered workforce through using many methods.

Listening into Action

Listening into Action (LiA) is about achieving a fundamental shift in the way we work and lead, putting clinicians and staff at the centre of change for the benefit of our patients, our staff and the Trust as a whole. 

LiA aims to;

- Connect and bring people together.
- Empower clinicians and staff to get on and make the changes we all want to see.
- Collaborate to come up with good ideas and then quickly turning them into action.
- Celebrating our successes and using our stories to inspire others.
- Share ownership and responsibility to improve care for our patients and working lives for ourselves.

The LiA approach will support and enable you and your teams to do the very best for our patients and their families, in a way which makes us all feel proud.

Best People Awards

The annual Best People Awards are an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements, to showcase best practice, to reward those who exceed expectations or any exceptional act by individual staff and teams.  Best People Awards incorporate the Chairman’s Awards, the Chief Executive Officers Awards for Outstanding Achievement and the 40 years’ service awards. 

Employees of Portsmouth Hospitals, Primary Care staff or Carillion staff working on a Portsmouth Hospitals site or a volunteer are eligible. Winners receive a personalised presentation award and certificate at an award ceremony. Nominations usually open in the spring of each year.

Employee of the month

This recognition scheme rewards staff who bring our values to life. 

All Trust staff, volunteers and contractors including Carillion staff working across the Trust’s sites are eligible for the award.


The Trust has a monthly staff newsletter called The Link, which contains information relevant to all staff.

The Link is available electronically via the Trust Intranet.

Team Brief

The Trust Executive team want you to be kept up to date with Trust Priorities and therefore all staff are invited to attend the regular Team brief sessions. 

Your department/ward will communicate major issues from the management team with any issues within your division or area in a monthly Team Brief. Those staff delivering the briefs should make the information relevant to their own particular area.

Staff Lottery

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust employees have the opportunity to opt into the staff lottery.

Shares are £1 each (minimum shares of 2) and are deducted from your salary. There is a monthly draw where you can win a prize up to £600!

Tops Day Nursery

Tops Day Nursery is based at Queen Alexandra Hospital and caters for children from 3 months old until they are ready to start school.

The nursery offers staff discount for those employed by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and staff can opt into the salary sacrifice scheme for payment of fees.

Contact the Human Resource Team

Tel: 02392 286577
Email: HR.Inbox@porthosp.nhs.uk


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