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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.


Last updated: 27 November 2019

The AWARE™ course was developed in 2009 by members of the nursing and midwifery education team at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  AWARE™ is a developmental programme for healthcare support staff to improve recognition and response to deteriorating patients. It responds to an increasing focus on the role of Healthcare Support Staff in development of competent performance. It also links to changes in workforce demographics and the need to work more effectively in enhancing patient safety and promoting high quality care and was informed by key evidence from National Patient Safety Agency (2007), National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (2005, 2009, 2010 & 2011), NICE Clinical Guideline 50 (2007) and Royal College of Physicians. (2012).


Course structure

The course is delivered as a one day programme providing a clear framework of knowledge and skills for healthcare support staff to promote early identification of patients whose condition is deteriorating. It also outlines specific competencies that will contribute to the effective management of patients at risk to contribute to the provision of high quality nursing care. The course contains:

  • Quizzes
  • Group work
  • Discussion
  • Questions and answers
  • Patient scenarios
  • Decision making and role play
  • Workbook
  • Competency assessment in practice

For more information please contact us.


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