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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. 

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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.


Meet our Apprentice Emily Fraser for National Apprenticeship Week!

Date: 03 February 2020


This week is National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to highlight apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals.

We are celebrating the week by introducing some of the Apprentices we have here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT).

Meet Emily Fraser, an Apprentice in the Paediatric Department who started her apprenticeship journey here back in June.

After completing her studies at college, Emily was ready for her next career step. After numerous job applications, she came across the many exciting apprenticeship roles within PHT.

Emily knew she wanted to come work for the Trust and says: “Where I spent a lot of my childhood under the care of the Paediatric Team, I desperately wanted to come work for the hospital. When I was finally given the news that I was successful and would be starting an apprenticeship with the team that I grew up with, I was ecstatic.”

Seven months on, Emily is thriving in her role and has learnt lots of new skills. Emily notes: “I knew when I first began looking for an apprenticeship that it would be the best route for me as I wanted to be able to get myself on to the career ladder while still being able to learn.

“I am really enjoying my apprenticeship, learning lots of new things as well as working alongside a brilliant team. Every day is a different day, the whole team are so friendly and have been really supportive of my needs and made the necessary adjustments as I am in a wheelchair.” 

Emily’s progression and enthusiasm in the team hasn’t gone unnoticed after being nominated for an award at the Pride of Portsmouth Awards back in November last year. Emily was recognised for making a huge difference in the team with her compassion and dedication. 

Well done Emily!

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