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.

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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.

New Starters

Last updated: 11 November 2020

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust runs an induction programme for newly employed registered nurses and unregistered nurses. This programme runs over two days, most months.

Setting Direction – Introductory programme for Nursing Workforce is an induction programme for newly employed RNs and ODPs

We in the Learning & Development department believe that nursing induction programmes are vital for all new staff starting in a nursing post. Setting Direction aims to effectively orientate and integrated new starters into the nursing workforce. The programme endeavours to fit with the ever changing needs of the Trust. Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust runs the induction programme to ensure that a framework is in place that informs new employees of the Trusts’ expectation that staff will delivery of high standards of nursing care and produce satisfaction from service users.

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust also has a duty to work in line with Standards for Better Health and NHS Litigation Authority Risk Management Standards, the Setting Direction programme gives clarity to these standards and those expected from all staff. This is a platform to engage with new employees and to impact on the culture within the clinical environment, discussing such issues as privacy and dignity within wider subject areas.

It is a packed programme; the idea is that these sessions highlight the main points and sign post to services and key people in the organisations and other agencies.

If you would like to find out more about the Setting Direction – Introductory programme for Nursing Workforce please, contact the programme manager Ashin Jacob ext 1204. ashin.jacob@porthosp.nhs.uk  or Jane Nichols jane.nichols@porthosp.nhs.uk  the booking administrator for the Setting Direction Programme. To book your new staff on to the induction please email both stating the preferred programme date or call them on Ext 6180.

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust runs a Preceptorship programme for all new registrants entering the NMC register. This course is intended to reduce ‘reality shock’ as described by Marlene Kramer in Reality Shock: Why Nurses Leave Nursing (1974).

 It consists of 5 x 7.5 hour study days over the course of 6 months with development and maintenance of a professional portfolio and aims to:

  • Support newly registered health care professionals in making an effective transition from student to registered member of staff
  • Facilitate the personal and professional development of newly registered health care professionals within a structured Preceptorship programme
  • Encourage the pursuit of clinical excellence and high quality care

Topics included in the Preceptorship programme have been mapped against the Health Education England Preceptorship Standards 2016 and current clinical priorities and include:

  • Human Factors
  • Importance of raising concerns
  • Medication Safety
  • Action Learning
  • Deteriorating Patient – Simulation
  • Future Nurse Standards
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Resilience
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Accountability
  • Leadership and Management

To enquire about a place or for more information contact Anita DeHavilland on extension 4268, email anita.dehavilland@porthosp.nhs.uk or Amanda Collins on extension 3856, email amanda.collins@porthosp.nhs.uk

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