We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting.
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 Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.
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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
Our Strategy – Working Together, Improving Together
Our strategy sets out our vision, values, strategic aims and most importantly, how we will deliver against these ambitions for our patients, communities, and people in the future.
It is not just a document, it is for and about everyone at PHU, building on what we have achieved with a renewed focus on continuous improvement and the need to continue to work together and improve together to achieve our goals.
A full copy of the strategy can be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit our strategy webpage.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 12 May 2021
Unregistered practitioners should achieve the generic competencies to a minimum of level 1. Registered practitioners should do so to a minimum of level 2.
The Generic Competency Framework for Registered and Unregistered Practitioners is a nursing & midwifery policy and is available on the Trust intranet in the policy & guidelines section.
The framework sets out the Trust’s expectations for safe and effective practice, in other words the skills, knowledge and ability that you need to provide care to your patients/clients.
There are generic competencies identified for all staff to achieve:
|Unregistered Practitioners||Registered Practitioners|
|Competency||All non Registered Practitioners excluding Maternity Support Workers* (see below this table)||All Registered Nurses, Midwives and Operating Department Practitioners||Ward/Dept based front line staff involved in direct patient care as appropriate to clinical requirements|
|Anaphylaxis (Adult and Paediatric)||a||a|
|Basic Life Support or Specialty Equivalent
|Dignity in Care||a|
|Documentation and Record keeping||a||a|
|Continence & Elimination||a||a|
|Administration of medication||a||a|
|Management of Pressure Areas||a||a|
|Moving and Handling||a||a|
|Taking, recording and assessment of vital signs in adults||a||a|
|Transfusion - Only for staff involved in handling blood products||
*Maternity Support Workers are to achieve all competencies as identified in the Maternity Support Worker Competency Framework which is specific to Maternity Services.
Please discuss these with your ward/department managers as they will form part of your appraisal and personal development review (APDR)
These are guides to your development and will provide evidence of achievement for your personal review as part of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Some clinical specialities have specific competencies relevant to their area of practice and these will be aligned to the generic framework.
All registered and unregistered nursing & midwifery staff will be issued with a learning record to provide a process/place for staff to keep their job description, KSF outline, essential update certificates, competencies and personal development plans.
You will be expected to take this record to your appraisal. All new starters will be given a learning record on induction the Setting Direction Program.
|Competency||Unregistered Practitioners||Registered Practitioners|
|Assisting in the giving of medications – Unregistered Practitioners||a||a|
|Adult Arterial Blood Gas Sampling||a||a|
|Cannula Care (Peripheral Venous Device (PVD))||a||a|
|Care Management CVC||a|
|Checking of Resus Equipment||a||a|
|ECG - Recording 12 Lead||a||a|
|Fine Bore NG Tube||a||a|
|Insertion of Midlines (under review)||a|
|Intravenous Drug Administration - Adults||a||a|
|Local Anaesthetic - not epidurals||a|
|Manage an Epidural Infusion||a||a|
|Non invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults||a||a|
|Oxygen Therapy in Adult||a||a|
|P.I.C.C (under review)||a||a|
|Trachesotomy Care Competency||a||a|
|Head and Neck - Peripheral ClinicsHead and Neck - Peripheral ClinicsCompetency||Unregistered Practitioners||Registered Practitioners|
|Administration of Chemotherapy to Adult Patients||a||a|
|Administering of BCG||a||a|
|Bowel Care Management for Neurogenic Dysfunction||a||a|
|DIEP flap post-operatively for Registered Nurses||a||a|
|Eye Department - Peripheral Clinics||a||a|
|Head and Neck - Aural Microsuction||a||a|
|Head and Neck - Peripheral Clinics||a|
|Post op free flap monitoring||a||a|
|Spinal Injury - manoeuvring and assessing a patient||a||a|
|Competency||Unregistered Practitioners||Registered Practitioners|
|Administration of Medication (Neonates)||a||a|
|Central Venous Catheters (CVC)||a|
|IV drug administration - Child||a||a|
|Midwives Care Following Anaesthesia for Operative Procedures||a|
|Newborn Life Support||a||a|
|Oxygen Therapy (Neonates)||a||a|
|Peripheral Venous Cannulation in Neonates||a||a|
|Safeguarding Children and Young People (Maternity Staff)||a|
|Totally Implanted Venous Access Device||a|
|Weighing a Child||a||a|
If you have a question about competencies or any information within this section please contact Debbie Knight - firstname.lastname@example.org