Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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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…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 24 May 2021

 

 

 

ALERT™ is a multi professional course created from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to teach clinical staff a structured and prioritised approach to the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient.

First started in the year 2000, ALERT™ is a national and internationally recognised course and has taught to date over 200,000 people in clinical practice across all areas and specialities of healthcare. It is updated every four years to reflect best evidence-based practice and continues to be a committed course to enhancing confidence and ability for clinical staff across all sectors.

The ALERT™ Course has been active for over 20 years and continues to be one of the most sought-after courses for multi professional clinical staff to attend in the management and recognition of patient deterioration.  Its longevity is proven in its requirement for continuation of career development and recognised by deanery’s, acute trusts and professional bodies (GMC).

ALERT™ is endorsed by both the Intensive Care Society and The UK Sepsis Trust.  

ALERT™ is taught over one day with a blended learning approach which consists of lecture-based interactive presentations in the morning and practical scenarios in the afternoon.  Topics featured include; EWS, escalation, ALERT™ system of assessment, airway, management of the blue and breathless patient, the management of the hypotensive and oliguric patient, sepsis, communication and human factors.

The role play of clinical patient-based scenarios in the afternoon during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider “what would I do next?”.

ALERT™ is suitable for any clinical staff whose role requires them to recognise, respond and manage an acutely ill person. Written to suit both primary and secondary healthcare settings, the ALERT™ course will provide you with the skills and confidence to safely and competently recognise and manage an acutely deteriorating person.

All nursing and midwifery professionals are suitable to attend, junior medical staff, and all allied health care professional groups. This list is not exhaustive and does not exclude other suitable candidates as determined by the ALERT™ course facilitator.

ALERT™ is designed to be taught to all multi professionals and educate them together, as this is how we work as a team to provide the best possible patient care.

 To run an ALERT™ course, a course facilitator is required to manage and run the course. This person must have either completed an ALERT™ Train the Trainer course or be a resuscitation council (UK) ALS/ILS/GIC instructor or an experienced clinician with a recognised teaching qualification such as PGCE/CertEd/BSc/MSc.

Faculty to teach on the course must be credible educators with clinical experience ideally in acute areas and experience delivering lectures and running scenarios.

Professionals include; critical care outreach teams, experienced healthcare professionals with teaching experience, practice educators, ALERT™ Train the trainer candidates, resuscitation officers.

For you to run ALERT™ courses you would need to purchase from ALERT™ HQ a EULA (End User Licence Agreement) which is a legal contract between your organisation and ALERT™ HQ. This EULA is licensed and valid for 12 months and at the end of this time we will contact you if you wish to continue for another year.

A EULA cost per annum for ALERT™ is £520 and this licence entitles you access to the whole suite of courses. You can purchase licences for a single course if this is all which is suitable for your organisation at a reduced cost.

The ALERT™ HQ team treat every organisation as individual and we discuss your needs and requirements together to come up with the most suited model to set you up as a course delivery centre.

The ALERT™ course is a nationally and internationally recognised and credible course and candidates who attend will be given a certificate which is recognised as part of their professional development. Each candidate is also given an ALERT™ manual for pre course reading prior to attendance of course and for future reference and as an excellent resource to keep.

After attendance of the ALERT™ course, research suggests that it improves confidence in managing acutely ill patients and confidence working within multi-professional teams and asking for help and enhanced skills in looking after critically unwell patients. 

ALERT™ if implemented within your organisation can be used to implement and imbed patient safety initiatives such as sepsis pathways, escalation pathways and will ensure that all clinical staff are given a standardised approach in the education of the deteriorating patient. ALERT™ has been particularly useful across several organisations to up skill redeployed staff during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase their confidence and skills in looking after deteriorating patients.    

You can contact any of the ALERT™ HQ team regarding information on any of the courses by emailing us at alert.course@porthosp.nhs.uk or alternatively you can call us on 02392 286306. Follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn

We have over 100 course centres worldwide. For contact information visit our centres page.

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