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Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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.

Chief Executive's Message

Since mid-March, Mark has provided comprehensive regular updates to individuals and teams across the Trust on operational issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates are currently provided twice weekly.
 
Mark’s weekly message will be published on the website again in due course.
  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 8 March 2020

    08 March 2020

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    02 March 2020

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 21 February 2020

    21 February 2020

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 16 February 2020

    17 February 2020

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    10 February 2020

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    03 February 2020

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    27 January 2020

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    20 January 2020

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    13 January 2020

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    06 January 2020

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 22 December 2019

    23 December 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 15 December 2019

    16 December 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 08 December 2019

    13 December 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 01 December 2019

    02 December 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 24 November 2019

    25 November 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 17 November 2019

    18 November 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 12 November 2019

    18 November 2019

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 10 November 2019

    10 November 2019

    Despite the range of improvements made across urgent care, we’ve experienced periods of significant pressure across the site this week and I’m only too aware of the impact this has on our patients whose experience is affected, and on those individuals and teams involved in their care.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Monday 04 November 2019

    04 November 2019

    On Thursday of last week, Melloney Poole, our Chair, and Nicole Cornelius, Director of Workforce and OD and I, were delighted to have the opportunity to say thank you to a small group of individuals who between them have dedicated an incredible 329 years of service to the Trust.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 27 October 2019

    27 October 2019

    Our fourth Leadership Summit was held just over a week ago and focused on the importance of inclusive leadership.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 20 October 2019

    20 October 2019

    As we prepare for the upcoming winter period, we know that it’s one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS and so it’s important that we all take time to consider our own health and wellbeing, so as to be in the best possible shape to care for those who need us most.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 13 October 2019

    13 October 2019

    Our preparations for the upcoming flu season are well underway and our Trust-wide vaccination programme is gathering momentum. I encourage everyone to get the flu jab to help ensure that you, our patients and their families, are protected.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 06 October 2019

    06 October 2019

    This week has been a particularly challenging one for those teams working across the urgent care pathway, as we have encountered more delays than we would like, when discharging some of our patients into the community for their on-going care.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 27 September 2019

    01 October 2019

    This week our Trust Board approved the strategic outline case for the £58m capital investment we were allocated to develop new emergency care facilities on the QA site. 

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 06 September 2019

    09 September 2019

    On Tuesday I was delighted to present our Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19, at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 01 September 2019

    02 September 2019

    We had a very busy start to the week with a high volume of patients attending, and requiring admission via our Emergency Department (ED)

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 25 August 2019

    27 August 2019

    This week I was delighted to confirm the launch of our PHT Staff Benefits Brochure. For the first time, we have a brochure which provides a comprehensive list of benefits available to us all, as employees of PHT

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 18 August 2019

    19 August 2019

    I enjoyed being out and about this week as part of the Executive Team’s ‘Working Together’ programme. The main purpose is to see and hear how things are going for you as individuals, but also for your teams and services

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 11 August 2019

    12 August 2019

    This week I was able to spend time with our IT team at our Rodney Road site and as ever, was hugely impressed by their motivation, enthusiasm and focus

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 04 August 2019

    05 August 2019

    I was delighted to join the Research and Innovation Team on Monday to celebrate the end of the Vision D study. The trial involved using an iPad camera and advanced software to detect the vital signs of patients by simply taking a photo

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 28 July 2019

    29 July 2019

    This week has seen temperatures rise across the country and indeed, here at Portsmouth. It was clear as I’ve been out and about this week, that although we have all been affected by the weather in some way, there are parts of the hospital, notably in the older parts of our estate, where it has been incredibly uncomfortable for patients and many members of staff

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 13 July 2019

    15 July 2019

    I was contacted recently by Carley Young, who was originally a Healthcare Support Worker in our fracture clinic who went on to train to be a Registered Nurse with us

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Monday 08 July 2019

    08 July 2019

    This week we launched our ‘Working Together’ campaign focused on our Trust values, celebrating why they are important and how they make a difference to the care we provide to our patients

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 30 June 2019

    01 July 2019

    This week I spent some time with our Macmillan Information and Support Centre team. Having spent time with them before, I have always been impressed by the support they provide to our patients and their loved ones, when they have received a cancer diagnosis and are preparing for, and receiving, their treatment

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 23 June 2019

    25 June 2019

    On Monday the second cohort of PHT Change Agents attended our Board development session to provide feedback on the work they have been leading throughout Phase 2 of our culture change programme, which is now drawing to an end

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 16 June 2019

    17 June 2019

    Earlier in the week I joined the second meeting of our Research and Innovation Steering Group with colleagues from across the Trust and the University of Portsmouth. 

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 June 2019

    10 June 2019

    A central part of our Trust strategy is focused on working together with our partners to strengthen relationships and look for opportunities where we can deliver improvements for our patients

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 02 June 2019

    03 June 2019

    At the end of last week we celebrated the end of the first intake of our ‘Beyond Boundaries’ programme which focuses on improving the work experience and leadership development of our BAME staff

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 May 2019

    24 May 2019

    Throughout the past weeks there has been sustained pressure across the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire ‘local system’, as we respond to an increase in the number of patients requiring access to urgent care services, and ensure the timely discharge of patients into the community once they are ready to leave

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 17 May 2019

    20 May 2019

    Today I was delighted to attend our second annual Patient Safety conference hosted by our Medical Director, Dr John Knighton. We were fortunate to have two incredibly powerful presentations from our speakers, Dr Chris Turner of the Civility Saves Lives campaign, and our incoming Chief Nurse, Liz Rix

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 12 May 2019

    13 May 2019

    On Wednesday we hosted our second Trust wide Quality Review which is now an integral part of our quality governance process. The reviews aim to provide a snapshot assessment of how quality of care is being delivered against the CQC key lines of enquiry; Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well Led

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 03 May 2019

    13 May 2019

    Throughout April, the demand for our urgent care services has remained high and this week has been no exception. This is a trend that has been seen across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and across the country more generally

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Thursday 18 April 2019

    25 April 2019

    This week we were fortunate to host a visit from Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement and Anne Eden, Regional Director for NHS England/Improvement

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 14 April 2019

    16 April 2019

    This week I was delighted to learn that our learning disability liaison team have received their ‘Rhino Sensory Voyager Trolley’, a state of the art piece of equipment that will help to support those patients who may find a hospital appointment a stressful experience

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 06 April 2019

    09 April 2019

    Last week I mentioned some of the measures we are taking to reduce our nursing vacancies across the Trust. Part of our approach includes expanding the breadth of roles we have available and on Tuesday we celebrated the qualification of six Nursing Associates who completed their foundation degree with Solent University at the end of March and are now awaiting their NMC registration

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 29 March 2019

    29 March 2019

    On Wednesday evening I attended the last in our most recent series of public meetings. As you might expect there were some common themes across all of the discussions, including the pressure on the hospital during winter and the staffing challenges we face in some areas, as do many other Trusts across the country

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 22 March 2019

    25 March 2019

    This week has been a fantastic week for recognition of our teams, with news of awards received in three separate areas

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 17 March 2019

    18 March 2019

    At the end of the month, Colonel Neil Mackenzie will be leaving his post as Divisional Director for Surgery and Outpatients. Neil is taking on an additional role with the military which will require him to spend more time outside of the Trust

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 10 March 2019

    18 March 2019

    On Tuesday Director of Governance and Risk, Lois Howell joined me to meet with staff based at Rodney Road to provide them with an update on issues across the Trust as well as answer any questions

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 01March 2019

    04 March 2019

    On Monday I was thrilled to join our research and innovation team to celebrate them having recruited over 10,000 patients to research trials in the course of the last year

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 22 February 2019

    04 March 2019

    On Monday I attended the first meeting of our Research and Innovation Steering Group. Chaired by the Trust Chairman, Melloney Poole the group has been established to refresh and oversee the implementation of our research and innovation strategy

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 15 February 2019

    18 February 2019

    This week I want to highlight the contribution of Emily Etheridge, one of our paediatric nurses which was brought to my attention by Sophie Robertson, consultant paediatrician

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 10 February 2019

    11 February 2019

    On Monday, coinciding with World Cancer Day, our new linear accelerator (linac) was used to treat patients for the first time. Since the linac arrived on site in October last year, a huge amount of work has been put in by our radiotherapy department and medical physics teams to ensure the state-of-the-art equipment was installed on time and our cancer patients were able to start benefitting from the latest technology as quickly as possible

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 01 February 2019

    04 February 2019

    The past week has continued to be extremely busy for the hospital and this is a picture which is mirrored across the country, especially as the temperatures have dropped in recent days and snow has appeared in the past 24hrs. Our Emergency Department has seen almost 1,000 more patients during January compared with last year and this additional level of pressure is felt across all areas of the hospital

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 January 2019

    24 January 2019

    We have been incredibly busy across the QA site this week as many of you will have experienced. This level of pressure is of course not entirely unusual for this time of year, with patients presenting with more seasonal presentations, while at the same time, the number of patients awaiting support with their discharge, has increased over the past week

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 11 January 2019

    15 January 2019

    On Monday the Long Term Plan for the NHS was unveiled by Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens. The plan sets out an ambitious future for the NHS and fundamental to delivering it will be ensuring many of the longstanding workforce challenges across the service are addressed

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 06 January 2019

    07 January 2019

    In my first message of 2019 I’m delighted to begin with some extremely positive news. We have been informed by CQC that all five of the enforcement actions they had put in place following their inspections of the Trust over the past two years, have been lifted

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 30 December 2018

    31 December 2018

    During the course of the past week, I, along with other members of the Executive team, have been out and about across the Trust, in order to talk to many of you and express our thanks for working throughout the Christmas period

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 21 December 2018

    31 December 2018

    I’m delighted to begin by confirming that we will be hosting a further celebration event for nursing staff for the second consecutive year in 2019. As you may remember, former patient Paul Thomas supported and hosted the event last year and has kindly offered to do so again

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 14 December 2018

    18 December 2018

    This morning we hosted our latest Executive Roadshow which was focused on the subject of IT

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 December 2018

    10 December 2018

    As you may have seen from my message this morning, we are delighted with the news that the Department of Health and Social Care has allocated the Trust £58million to transform our urgent care services

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 30 November 2018

    03 December 2018

    I would like to begin by thanking you all for your assistance in helping us support colleagues from University Hospital Southampton on Wednesday

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 16 November 2018

    19 November 2018

    This week I was privileged to be given the opportunity to takeover the @NHS Twitter account. Each week the account is hosted by a patient or member of NHS staff to give an insight into their daily life

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 09 November 2018

    12 November 2018

    My message this week is slightly longer than usual as it has been a busy week, but don’t let that put you off…. Today we are delighted to announce that we are one of 24 NHS bodies to be awarded Veteran Aware status, having been accredited by the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 02 November 2018

    08 November 2018

    On Tuesday we hosted our Celebrating Diversity event at PHT, which was very well attended. Unfortunately I was unable to be there as I was in London attending a meeting with our Secretary of State for Health and Care, but I have heard from many attendees from across the organisation that it was a great success

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 26 October 2018

    29 October 2018

    Our preparations for winter are well underway and for the past ten days, the impact of the initiatives we have been talking about for some months has been apparent

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 19 October 2018

    22 October 2018

    As some of you may have seen on social media, Monday was national ‘AHPs day’, dedicated to recognising the work of Allied Health Professionals across the NHS

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 12 October 2018

    15 October 2018

    On Wednesday I, along with other members of the Trust Leadership Team, spent time shadowing colleagues around the Trust to learn more about their roles and the services they provide to our patients

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 05 October 2018

    15 October 2018

    On Monday I was delighted to be invited along to a meeting of the ‘Pompey Pensioners’, to provide a general update and to talk about activities underway as we prepare for winter

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 28 September 2018

    01 October 2018

    Many of you will have received your personal copy of the NHS annual staff survey this week. The survey is an important way for all members of staff to share their views on a range of topics about their experience at work including development opportunities, health and wellbeing, staff engagement and opportunities to raise concerns

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 22 September 2018

    24 September 2018

    As the end of the summer draws near our attention is turning to the approach of winter. A lot of preparation work has already been done, working together with our local partners, to help ensure we are as prepared as possible to respond

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 September 2018

    10 September 2018

    I am very much aware of pressures being experienced by some staff on a daily basis.  We know there are hotspots in a number of staff groups, and in a number of specialties and will be having wider conversations about what we are doing to address staffing challenges

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 31 August 2018

    31 August 2018

    Our hospital is opening its doors to the public once again this year for our annual Open Day, taking place on Saturday 13th October between 10.30am and 3pm

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 August 2018

    29 August 2018

    A few weeks ago I mentioned our plans to examine the issue of violence and aggression against our staff and to make some recommendations to help address it

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 17 August 2018

    20 August 2018

    This week I was delighted to be invited to join the panel for the latest in our monthly Schwartz Rounds. The topic this month was ‘When we cannot fix it’ and each panellist shared a story from, on this occasion, their clinical careers

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 03 August 2018

    06 August 2018

    This week I was pleased to receive positive feedback from the Head of the School of Surgery at Health Education England following their recent visit the trauma and orthopaedic surgical department to assess the support and development provided to surgical trainees

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 27 July 2018

    30 July 2018

    Next week (31 July) marks a year since I joined the Trust and I couldn’t let it pass without reflecting on what we have achieved together in that time

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 20 July 2018

    23 July 2018

    I’m delighted to start this week’s update with news of a learning exchange partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 15 July 2018

    16 July 2018

    At the start of the week, similar to other hospitals up and down the country, we experienced increased bed pressures due to increased attendances and admissions, related to the hot weather

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 06 July 2018

    06 July 2018

    Yesterday, across the country the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. It was uplifting to see the affection, warmth and gratitude reflected locally and nationally for our treasured institution

  • Chief Executive's Weekly Message - Friday 08 June 2018

    11 June 2018

    In recent weeks we have been privileged to welcome a number of high profile visitors to the Trust and this week has been no exception. Today I was pleased to meet with local MP for Gosport, Caroline Dineage

  • Chief Executive's Weekly Message - Saturday 02 June 2018

    04 June 2018

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of welcoming Pauline Philip back to the Trust to visit our Emergency Department. Pauline is National Urgent and Emergency Care Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement and last visited the Trust a year ago

  • Chief Executive's Weekly Message - 18 May 2018

    21 May 2018

    This week is national equality, diversity and human rights week and to coincide with it I’m delighted that we have been chosen to be one of NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners for 2018/19. The applications to be considered as a Partner came from across the NHS, so it is a huge honour to be selected.

  • Chief Executive's Weekly Message - 11 May 2018

    14 May 2018

    Yesterday completed the second and final part of our CQC inspection and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you all for your contribution throughout.

  • Chief Executive's Weekly Message - 04 May 2018

    08 May 2018

    As you will be aware, today the Care Quality Commission published an inspection report into our urgent and emergency care service following an unannounced inspection at the end of February. Their focus was on how the hospital responded to the extreme pressures over winter and some of the difficulties we experienced at points throughout this period.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 27 April 2018

    30 April 2018

    On Monday I was privileged to be invited to the celebration event for our re-accreditation for the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark which assess whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 15 April 2018

    16 April 2018

    On Monday, I was delighted to give a very warm welcome to 51 new recruits to PHT at one of our regular Trust induction sessions. I was able to meet staff from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who will now join teams across the organisation

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 06 April 2018

    06 April 2018

    Over the Easter weekend I spent time visiting departments across the Trust and it was clear that the flow of patients through the hospital has greatly improved.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 29 March 2018

    03 April 2018

    Yesterday we received the fantastic news that we will benefit from a share of £17.3million allocated by the Government to invest in local health services across Hampshire.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 29 March 2018

    03 April 2018

    Yesterday we received the fantastic news that we will benefit from a share of £17.3million allocated by the Government to invest in local health services across Hampshire.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 15 March 2018

    16 March 2018

    Yesterday I was delighted to welcome Professor Michael West to the Trust to open our first leadership summit and support the launch of our new cultural change programme. Michael spoke passionately about the importance of leadership in defining an organisation’s culture and in particular he emphasised the role of compassionate leadership.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 15 March 2018

    16 March 2018

    Yesterday I was delighted to welcome Professor Michael West to the Trust to open our first leadership summit and support the launch of our new cultural change programme. Michael spoke passionately about the importance of leadership in defining an organisation’s culture and in particular he emphasised the role of compassionate leadership.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - Friday 9 March 2018

    09 March 2018

    Following last week’s cold weather the hospital has continued to experience peaks of pressure in the Emergency Department. Whilst we have been able to respond to the surges in demand and recover more quickly than we would have been able to some months ago, it has been a very challenging time and I am grateful for the efforts of all those who have continued to support improvements in this area.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - Friday 9 March 2018

    09 March 2018

    Following last week’s cold weather the hospital has continued to experience peaks of pressure in the Emergency Department. Whilst we have been able to respond to the surges in demand and recover more quickly than we would have been able to some months ago, it has been a very challenging time and I am grateful for the efforts of all those who have continued to support improvements in this area.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 02 March 2018

    05 March 2018

    We are in the midst of a challenging few days as we deal with the extreme weather conditions we have seen across the country and have experienced locally

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 02 March 2018

    05 March 2018

    We are in the midst of a challenging few days as we deal with the extreme weather conditions we have seen across the country and have experienced locally

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 26 February 2018

    26 February 2018

    On Friday we hosted a visit from NHS Improvement’s Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Kathy McLean. Kathy spent time in the Emergency Department and AMU. She also visited maternity and our NICU unit as well as hosting a meeting with a range of staff from across the hospital.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 26 February 2018

    26 February 2018

    On Friday we hosted a visit from NHS Improvement’s Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Kathy McLean. Kathy spent time in the Emergency Department and AMU. She also visited maternity and our NICU unit as well as hosting a meeting with a range of staff from across the hospital.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 16 February 2018

    19 February 2018

    In the Health Service Journal this week we were highlighted as one of only eight Trusts in the country to have achieved all three of the efficiency targets set out in the Carter Review.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 16 February 2018

    19 February 2018

    In the Health Service Journal this week we were highlighted as one of only eight Trusts in the country to have achieved all three of the efficiency targets set out in the Carter Review.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 9 February 2018

    09 February 2018

    Today I had the pleasure of attending our first Trust wide patient safety conference. During the event there were numerous examples of patient safety and quality improvement excellence here at the Trust and I was delighted to see so much progress on such an important agenda as we strive to deliver safer and more effective care for every patient.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 9 February 2018

    09 February 2018

    Today I had the pleasure of attending our first Trust wide patient safety conference. During the event there were numerous examples of patient safety and quality improvement excellence here at the Trust and I was delighted to see so much progress on such an important agenda as we strive to deliver safer and more effective care for every patient.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 2 February 2018

    05 February 2018

    This time of year can have the reputation of being less favourable for some but in the last couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of being involved in some really positive and uplifting initiatives which I want to share with you. 

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 2 February 2018

    05 February 2018

    This time of year can have the reputation of being less favourable for some but in the last couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of being involved in some really positive and uplifting initiatives which I want to share with you. 

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 25 January 2018

    26 January 2018

    My message comes to you a day early this week and follows on from my words last week highlighting the need to take prompt action to address our financial situation. Today we have put forward a revised financial target to the Board for approval which means we will end the current financial year with a deficit of £36.8million.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 25 January 2018

    26 January 2018

    My message comes to you a day early this week and follows on from my words last week highlighting the need to take prompt action to address our financial situation. Today we have put forward a revised financial target to the Board for approval which means we will end the current financial year with a deficit of £36.8million.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 19 January 2018

    22 January 2018

    In a week where the headlines have been dominated by news of Carillion, I would like to pay special tribute to colleagues in our Facilities Management services. Following the announcement on Monday, each and every member of support staff has continued to come to work, ensuring that there has been no disruption for our patients.

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 19 January 2018

    22 January 2018

    In a week where the headlines have been dominated by news of Carillion, I would like to pay special tribute to colleagues in our Facilities Management services. Following the announcement on Monday, each and every member of support staff has continued to come to work, ensuring that there has been no disruption for our patients.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 12 January 2018

    15 January 2018

    As the week has progressed we have seen some improvement in the capacity within the hospital which has been the result of an enormous amount of work across all departments and among our local partner organisations. Whilst I suspect things will continue to be challenging for a number of weeks ahead, this demonstrates what can be achieved by everyone pulling together.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 12 January 2018

    15 January 2018

    As the week has progressed we have seen some improvement in the capacity within the hospital which has been the result of an enormous amount of work across all departments and among our local partner organisations. Whilst I suspect things will continue to be challenging for a number of weeks ahead, this demonstrates what can be achieved by everyone pulling together.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 05 January 2018

    08 January 2018

    I would like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year. I hope that you had some time over the festive period to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 05 January 2018

    08 January 2018

    I would like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year. I hope that you had some time over the festive period to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 24 December 2017

    27 December 2017

    Following a challenging start to the week, there has been a tremendous team effort to rally around and respond to the emerging winter pressures. We have seen the incidence of Flu increase over the past two weeks and we know this will increase further over the weeks ahead. If you have not yet had your Flu jab, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible through our Occupational Health team.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 24 December 2017

    27 December 2017

    Following a challenging start to the week, there has been a tremendous team effort to rally around and respond to the emerging winter pressures. We have seen the incidence of Flu increase over the past two weeks and we know this will increase further over the weeks ahead. If you have not yet had your Flu jab, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible through our Occupational Health team.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 December 2017

    18 December 2017

    I need to start by acknowledging the enormity of the pressures we have been dealing with this week and thanking each and every one of you for the role you have played in responding to them. This is the time of year when we start to see patients presenting with a variety of seasonal related conditions and when plans are put in place across the local system to deal with the additional pressures.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 December 2017

    18 December 2017

    I need to start by acknowledging the enormity of the pressures we have been dealing with this week and thanking each and every one of you for the role you have played in responding to them. This is the time of year when we start to see patients presenting with a variety of seasonal related conditions and when plans are put in place across the local system to deal with the additional pressures.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 10 December 2017

    11 December 2017

    We’ve had a number of visitors to the QA site this week, all of whom have been keen to hear about the improvements we are making and our preparations for winter. On Thursday, Philip Dunne MP and Minister of State for Health visited along with one of our local MPs, Penny Mordaunt - recently appointed Secretary of State for International Development. The Minister for Health met with a group of front-line staff in order to hear more about what it’s like to work here at Portsmouth. The feedback from the Minister was positive and I’d like to thank those who were involved in planning and participating on the day.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 10 December 2017

    11 December 2017

    We’ve had a number of visitors to the QA site this week, all of whom have been keen to hear about the improvements we are making and our preparations for winter. On Thursday, Philip Dunne MP and Minister of State for Health visited along with one of our local MPs, Penny Mordaunt - recently appointed Secretary of State for International Development. The Minister for Health met with a group of front-line staff in order to hear more about what it’s like to work here at Portsmouth. The feedback from the Minister was positive and I’d like to thank those who were involved in planning and participating on the day.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 02 December 2017

    04 December 2017

    As you will have seen from the note I circulated on Thursday and the media coverage yesterday, the CQC published their report into our Radiology service following a review undertaken in July of this year.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 02 December 2017

    04 December 2017

    As you will have seen from the note I circulated on Thursday and the media coverage yesterday, the CQC published their report into our Radiology service following a review undertaken in July of this year.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 26 November 2017

    27 November 2017

    I would like to start by congratulating all of those who were nominated or received awards during this year’s Best People awards.  Representatives from 49 different teams attended the Guildhall on Thursday and it was an honour to recognise so many people identified by colleagues and patients for their individual or team achievements.  I took the opportunity to thank all staff working at the Trust for their hard work and their commitment to delivering the very best care for every patient each and every day. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 26 November 2017

    27 November 2017

    I would like to start by congratulating all of those who were nominated or received awards during this year’s Best People awards.  Representatives from 49 different teams attended the Guildhall on Thursday and it was an honour to recognise so many people identified by colleagues and patients for their individual or team achievements.  I took the opportunity to thank all staff working at the Trust for their hard work and their commitment to delivering the very best care for every patient each and every day. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 November 2017

    20 November 2017

    Many of you will know we have had a very challenging week this week due to sustained urgent care pressures. At the early part of the week we experienced severe pressures in our ED with some patients experiencing very lengthy waits to be admitted and an unacceptably long wait for ambulance handovers. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 November 2017

    20 November 2017

    Many of you will know we have had a very challenging week this week due to sustained urgent care pressures. At the early part of the week we experienced severe pressures in our ED with some patients experiencing very lengthy waits to be admitted and an unacceptably long wait for ambulance handovers. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 12 November 2017

    13 November 2017

    On Monday I had the pleasure of presenting an update on our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) at a further public meeting in Portsmouth. The meeting was very well attended, with a great deal of interest from members of the public to hear about the challenges we face, the progress we are making with our QIP and our plans for the future. Such discussions allow an honest and frank debate about our commitment and determination to deliver the very best care for every patient. I look forward to attending the next round of meetings in 2018.

     

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 12 November 2017

    13 November 2017

    On Monday I had the pleasure of presenting an update on our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) at a further public meeting in Portsmouth. The meeting was very well attended, with a great deal of interest from members of the public to hear about the challenges we face, the progress we are making with our QIP and our plans for the future. Such discussions allow an honest and frank debate about our commitment and determination to deliver the very best care for every patient. I look forward to attending the next round of meetings in 2018.

     

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 5 November 2017

    06 November 2017

    I had great pleasure in meeting more of you at Monday’s Meet Mark session.  Thank you to those who attended and shared examples of changes that they had made that they were proud of, whether they were for the benefit of patients or staff or both.  It is really important that we make time to reflect on the positive interactions we make each day, as these can often be forgotten as we focus on the challenges.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 5 November 2017

    06 November 2017

    I had great pleasure in meeting more of you at Monday’s Meet Mark session.  Thank you to those who attended and shared examples of changes that they had made that they were proud of, whether they were for the benefit of patients or staff or both.  It is really important that we make time to reflect on the positive interactions we make each day, as these can often be forgotten as we focus on the challenges.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 29 October 2017

    30 October 2017

    This has been a busy week for the Trust and as a result, for many of us. I was delighted to visit colleagues who are based at Rodney Road and Mitchell Way on Monday. It was a great opportunity to meet with members of our staff who are based on two of our peripheral sites, yet provide a critical role to the functioning of the whole Trust each and every day. In response to the feedback on the day, I will be holding a discussion forum at Rodney Road on a periodic basis and there will be a meeting held there involving the full executive team in the very near future.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 29 October 2017

    30 October 2017

    This has been a busy week for the Trust and as a result, for many of us. I was delighted to visit colleagues who are based at Rodney Road and Mitchell Way on Monday. It was a great opportunity to meet with members of our staff who are based on two of our peripheral sites, yet provide a critical role to the functioning of the whole Trust each and every day. In response to the feedback on the day, I will be holding a discussion forum at Rodney Road on a periodic basis and there will be a meeting held there involving the full executive team in the very near future.

  • Weekly Message - 23rd October 2017

    24 October 2017

    Last Saturday we hosted our annual Open Day, which was my first since joining the Trust. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I would like to extend my thanks to those of you who helped plan and coordinate the day and to those who gave their time to showcase the great work that goes on every day in our organisation. It was also a huge privilege to meet with some of our patients, past and present, and also some of your family members who attended the day. The feedback was positive from our visitors, young and old, and I am already looking forward to the next one.

     

  • Weekly Message - 23rd October 2017

    24 October 2017

    Last Saturday we hosted our annual Open Day, which was my first since joining the Trust. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I would like to extend my thanks to those of you who helped plan and coordinate the day and to those who gave their time to showcase the great work that goes on every day in our organisation. It was also a huge privilege to meet with some of our patients, past and present, and also some of your family members who attended the day. The feedback was positive from our visitors, young and old, and I am already looking forward to the next one.

     

  • Weekly Message- 16th October 2017

    18 October 2017

    Our priority is to always ensure we maintain the safety of our patients and I would like to convey my thanks to you all for your efforts in responding to the situation so effectively.

     

  • Weekly Message- 16th October 2017

    18 October 2017

    Our priority is to always ensure we maintain the safety of our patients and I would like to convey my thanks to you all for your efforts in responding to the situation so effectively.

     

  • Weekly Message - 6th October 2017

    09 October 2017

    Every single NHS Trust is preparing for winter and we are taking measured and proactive steps to ensure we’re in the best possible shape for the months ahead.

  • Weekly Message - 6th October 2017

    09 October 2017

    Every single NHS Trust is preparing for winter and we are taking measured and proactive steps to ensure we’re in the best possible shape for the months ahead.

  • Blog - 4th October 2017

    04 October 2017

    This blog has been created to provide an update on the progress against the 100 day plan which was developed to support my introduction to the Trust.

  • Blog - 4th October 2017

    04 October 2017

    This blog has been created to provide an update on the progress against the 100 day plan which was developed to support my introduction to the Trust.

  • Weekly Message - 29th September 2017

    29 September 2017

    I began this week having the opportunity to talk about our Fab Change Day, on Monday.  I met many members of our team and heard more about their ideas and successes to deliver improvements and innovations to make improvements for our patients and our staff. 

  • Weekly Message - 29th September 2017

    29 September 2017

    I began this week having the opportunity to talk about our Fab Change Day, on Monday.  I met many members of our team and heard more about their ideas and successes to deliver improvements and innovations to make improvements for our patients and our staff. 

  • Weekly Message - 22nd September 2017

    25 September 2017

    This week has been another eventful week for us all as we prepare for the winter period which lies ahead and continue to drive improvements to the quality of care we provide for all of our patients. I am pleased to share some highlights with you today.

  • Weekly Message - 22nd September 2017

    25 September 2017

    This week has been another eventful week for us all as we prepare for the winter period which lies ahead and continue to drive improvements to the quality of care we provide for all of our patients. I am pleased to share some highlights with you today.

  • Weekly Message - 15th September 2017

    15 September 2017

    It has been a busy and challenging week for us all.  The autumnal weather, reminding us that winter is on its way, coincided with a surge in demand on our urgent care pathway.  This placed even greater pressure on many departments across the Trust and many of you.

  • Blog - 15th September 2017

    15 September 2017

    Hello and welcome to my fortnightly blog.

  • Weekly Message - 15th September 2017

    15 September 2017

    It has been a busy and challenging week for us all.  The autumnal weather, reminding us that winter is on its way, coincided with a surge in demand on our urgent care pathway.  This placed even greater pressure on many departments across the Trust and many of you.

  • Blog - 15th September 2017

    15 September 2017

    Hello and welcome to my fortnightly blog.

  • Weekly Message - 8th September 2017

    08 September 2017

    It has been another busy week for us all.  We held out Annual General Meeting on Thursday and whilst AGMs are all about reporting and reflecting on the previous year, I was pleased to be able to share my vision of the Trust for the next six months.

  • Weekly Message - 8th September 2017

    08 September 2017

    It has been another busy week for us all.  We held out Annual General Meeting on Thursday and whilst AGMs are all about reporting and reflecting on the previous year, I was pleased to be able to share my vision of the Trust for the next six months.

  • Blog – 1st September 2017

    01 September 2017

    I have been in the Trust for five weeks now and today is my 33rd day of my first 100 days in post.   I continue to enjoy meeting staff and listening to the things that are going well, and the areas we need to improve. There has been a great sense of energy within all of our discussion groups and I thank those who attended and contributed to the discussion.  In my weekly message this week, I have taken the opportunity to highlight some areas of best practice.

  • Blog – 1st September 2017

    01 September 2017

    I have been in the Trust for five weeks now and today is my 33rd day of my first 100 days in post.   I continue to enjoy meeting staff and listening to the things that are going well, and the areas we need to improve. There has been a great sense of energy within all of our discussion groups and I thank those who attended and contributed to the discussion.  In my weekly message this week, I have taken the opportunity to highlight some areas of best practice.

  • Weekly Message - 1st September 2017

    01 September 2017

    Hello and welcome to my weekly message.

    I hope you all enjoyed the unusually sunny bank holiday weekend, thank you to those of you who were here working hard and caring for our patients over the long weekend. 

  • Weekly Message - 1st September 2017

    01 September 2017

    Hello and welcome to my weekly message.

    I hope you all enjoyed the unusually sunny bank holiday weekend, thank you to those of you who were here working hard and caring for our patients over the long weekend. 

  • Weekly Message - 25th August 2017

    25 August 2017

    You will be aware that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their report into emergency, urgent and medical services at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday.  It has created much debate on social media channels within our community and much discussion within our teams.  I am grateful for the continuing support of our public and patients, while we continue to deliver improvements to patient care and experience. 

     

  • Weekly Message - 25th August 2017

    25 August 2017

    You will be aware that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their report into emergency, urgent and medical services at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday.  It has created much debate on social media channels within our community and much discussion within our teams.  I am grateful for the continuing support of our public and patients, while we continue to deliver improvements to patient care and experience. 

     

  • Blog - 25th August 2017

    25 August 2017

    I have been Chief Executive of this Trust for four weeks now and this week was always going to be challenging. Our CQC report into emergency services and medical care made for very tough reading yesterday, when the CQC published it.  I was ready for difficult conversations with colleagues, key partners and, of course, the media.

  • Blog - 25th August 2017

    25 August 2017

    I have been Chief Executive of this Trust for four weeks now and this week was always going to be challenging. Our CQC report into emergency services and medical care made for very tough reading yesterday, when the CQC published it.  I was ready for difficult conversations with colleagues, key partners and, of course, the media.

  • Blog - 18th August 2017

    18 August 2017

    I have been in the Trust for three weeks now and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many staff and listening to the things that are going well, and the areas we need to improve. 

  • Blog - 18th August 2017

    18 August 2017

    I have been in the Trust for three weeks now and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many staff and listening to the things that are going well, and the areas we need to improve. 

  • Weekly Message - 18th August 2017

    18 August 2017

    Hello and welcome to my weekly message.

    I have had yet another productive week, meeting with many of you and having an opportunity to visit colleagues in Medicine and AMU, in addition to my regular walkabouts. 

  • Weekly Message - 18th August 2017

    18 August 2017

    Hello and welcome to my weekly message.

    I have had yet another productive week, meeting with many of you and having an opportunity to visit colleagues in Medicine and AMU, in addition to my regular walkabouts. 

  • Blog - 11th August 2017

    15 August 2017

    I am delighted to have joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in this new role, which started on 31 July.  As part of my recruitment I met with many staff working across the Trust, directly employed and supporting us through facilities management and working alongside us in the Defence Medical Group (South).

  • Weekly Message - 11th August 2017

    11 August 2017

    I want to thank you all again for your very warm welcome to the Trust as I have spent another fulfilling week meeting many of you on my regular ‘walkabouts’.  Thank you also to those friendly colleagues who have helped provide directions while I was navigating our site.

  • Weekly Message - 4th August 2017

    09 August 2017

    Hello and welcome to my first weekly message to you all.


    I have had a busy, but thoroughly enjoyable, first week in post as your new Chief Executive, and would like to thank you for your very warm welcome.

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