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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.

Frequently asked questions

Last updated: 27 November 2019

Q: Why are there two scenarios?

A: This is so the candidates can reflect on their feedback on their first attempt and make the necessary improvements and embed the learning on their 2nd attempt. As a learning experience this was received extremely well by the candidates and faculty on the pilot courses.

Q: What role should the candidate play for their scenario?

A: The scenarios have been written for v4 to be quite general to ensure they are fit for purpose for all candidates whether or not they have done any other life support training or are a Dr, nurse, or other healthcare professional. This was done to enable the facilitator to tailor the course of the scenario to the candidate with the aim of the candidates being able to assess, manage and escalate care based on their own skills set/experience, rather than nurses pretending to be Dr’s for example.

Q: What is the Record of Learning used for:

A:  The Record of Learning is evidence for the Foundation Doctor Curriculum sign off and nurses revalidation as requested at the last two Network Days. How we managed it in Portsmouth on the last few courses is the course facilitator initials a master copy pre-course which Administrator puts the candidate name and course date on for us assuming they will all achieve. We then hand them out at the end of the course if they achieve the learning outcomes and for those that don’t achieve we meet with them to discuss the plan for some 1-1 practice.

Q: Can we make up our own scenarios to use?

A: Yes you don’t have to use the scenarios provided and if you want to write your own scenarios using the template in the v4 course materials and send to ALERT HQ for approval.

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