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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.

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

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 13 October 2019

Date: 13 October 2019


Dear colleague,

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. The vaccine is being delivered to us in batches, so we are phasing the initial part of the vaccination programme according to supply.  Please be assured that there will be enough flu vaccinations for every member of staff across PHT.

Those who work in the most at-risk areas are being prioritised to receive the flu jab first to ensure they and in turn, our most vulnerable patients, are protected at the earliest opportunity. Meanwhile, clinics for all other colleagues across the Trust will be held from Monday 21st October. Details of upcoming clinics can be found here and if you have any questions, please speak to your line-manager. Each year the strain of the virus is different so even if you had the flu jab last year it is important to ensure you are vaccinated this year.

You may recently have received a reminder about completing your National NHS Staff Survey, and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond so far. The NHS Staff Survey is an important way for you to share your views on your experience of working at PHT, ranging from development opportunities to health and wellbeing.

The survey is completely confidential and responses are returned to, and the feedback is collated by, an external contractor. Your feedback helps us to understand where we are getting things right and areas where we need to make improvements. If we don’t know what you think, we can’t make the changes you would like to see.  As of Friday, 23% of us have completed the survey, meaning a total of 1,746 responses had been submitted, with the breakdown as follows:

  • Corporate Services - 36%
  • Clinical Delivery - 28%
  • Surgical and Outpatients - 24%
  • Networked Services - 21%
  • Medicine and Urgent Care - 13%

The survey covers all staff and it is important that we hear views from everyone. If you haven’t yet responded I encourage you to do so, as it takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. More information about the staff survey can be found here.

Our fourth Leadership Summit will be held next Friday, 18th October, and will focus on “inclusive leadership.” There is clear evidence that organisations that are inclusive and have strong leadership at all levels deliver better outcomes for patients and we are committed to continuing to invest in the development of our leaders right across the Trust. If you are in a leadership role and would like to attend this event, then there is still time to book a place on either the morning or afternoon session.  Please talk to your line manager to find out how to book.

Occasionally on my walkabouts I hear feedback from members of our administrative teams, that they’d like to see more opportunities to network with other colleagues and celebrate some of the fantastic work that’s undertaken right across the PHT, 24hrs a day and 7 days a week, either led or supported by, our administrative staff. On Monday 2nd December we will be holding an event specifically for administrative staff, between 10.30-13.30 in the Lecture Theatre on E-level (QA site). The key aim of the event will be to start a conversation about the best way for our administrative teams to come together and to network, and hear more about some of the development opportunities which are available. I’d especially like to encourage those who work on our peripheral sites to come along to the event, as its important that you’re able to contribute.

Finally, our next Facebook Live session will be held from 5pm to 6pm tomorrow, 14 October, where we will be talking about the £58m capital investment we have been allocated to develop new emergency care services on the QA site. If you do get chance, please join us.

Thank you, as ever, for all you do each and every day.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

  • Summary:

    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.

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