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Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

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. 

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Chief Executive's Message

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 21 February 2020

Date: 21 February 2020

mark cubbon

Dear colleague,

It has been a really busy week in terms of attendances and admissions across the site, putting notable pressure on those working within our Emergency Department (ED) and many other individuals and teams across the organisation. We are continuing to work closely with our local health and care partners across Portsmouth and SE Hampshire to look at ways in which alternatives can be put in place for patients who need access to urgent care services, but may not need to come to hospital. Thank you to everyone for pulling out the stops to keep patients safe and to provide the best experience possible.

You will hopefully have seen a note from Nicole Cornelious, Director of Workforce and OD, which was shared earlier in the week regarding the findings of the latest NHS Staff Survey. The feedback from respondents to the confidential survey is very encouraging with more of us reporting that we’re feeling respected, valued and supported at work. The final reports can be found here, so if you do get chance, have a look through as they make very interesting reading. I’m delighted that we’ve shown significant improvements across nine of the 11 survey themes since 2018, with strong performance being maintained in the remaining two areas.

3,911 of us took the time to complete and return the survey delivering a response rate of 52% which, although slightly lower than last year, was still 5% higher than average when compared to other similar Trusts. I really want to find ways in which we can encourage a greater response rate by showing you that we are listening to the feedback you provide and explain how we’re taking steps to make the changes you’ve said you’d like to see.

Why is this important? The annual NHS Staff Survey provides a good temperature check of our experiences at work and the findings are key to helping us to understand areas where we are getting things right and where we need to make further improvements. This is in addition to day-to-day feedback we seek and our Pulse survey, which gives us all another opportunity to provide feedback on the organisation every three months. While the results of the Staff Survey are positive and provide a great platform for further improvement, I recognise there are also a number of areas where we need to do better and we will do.

Taking steps to improve the health and wellbeing of all who work at PHT is a big area of focus for us and is particularly important in the context of some of the pressures I referred to earlier. On Monday members of our Trust Board met with representatives from the NHS England/NHS Improvement Advisory Board for Health and Wellbeing, where we shared progress on the work we are doing to provide additional health and wellbeing support. We talked about the services already on offer, but we also shared our ambition to become an exemplar employer in this area, providing support for mental and physical health. I look forward to sharing more detail about the additional support we will be making available in the course of the next weeks, through my weekly message and through other channels across the Trust.

The work we do with our partners is key to the delivery of our Trust strategy and ensuring that we are continually working to improve, for the benefit of our communities. This week I had a really positive meeting with Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, to talk through the plans for recruiting to the joint Clinical Chair appointments we will be making over the coming months. The recruitment process is progressing well and when the teams are in post, there will be opportunities for further collaboration between both organisations, allowing us to work together to enhance the care we provide to our patients.

Thank you, as ever, for all that you do.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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