Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Switchboard: 023 9228 6000

Website: https://www.porthosp.nhs.uk

Foundation Programme Directors
Dr Helen Peet
Mr John Richardson

Director of Education
Dr Aileen Sced

Medical Education Manager
Carina Cook – carina.cook@porthosp.nhs.uk

Medical Staffing Manager
Jane Young

Foundation Programme Administrators
Amanda Collins
Charlie Hammond

The Education Centre is located within the main hospital. There is a library with 24 hours access, and suites for clinical skills and simulation.

Single and married accommodation is available at Queen Alexandra Hospital, though not guaranteed. Married accommodation is at a premium and for further information please contact the residences team.

Tel: 023 9228 6000 ext 6216

Email: residences.qah@porthops.nhs.uk

There are on-call rooms available which can be booked after out of hours shifts by contacting the Duty Manager. They can’t be pre-booked and are first come first served.

The library offers 24 hours access with very good and pro-active librarian support.

The library has both university and UHS computers. We also have computers in the Heartbeat Education Centre that can be used, and computer rooms that can be accessed when required.

You can apply for on-site parking once employed. There is a park and ride scheme available which is currently free.

Queen Alexandra Hospital is easily accessible by car and public transport. Bus services run frequently from Portsmouth city centre and surrounding areas, with some buses stopping within the hospital grounds. The nearest train station is Cosham which is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from the hospital.

The hospital is situated within easy reach of Portsmouth’s waterfront and city offering a mix of history & heritage, specialist shopping, arts, great restaurants & bars, lively nightlife and a year-round programme of social and sporting events. 

It is an excellent base for water sports and countryside recreation, with a long beachfront and lovely walks. The city offers easy access to South Downs National Park. Portsmouth has a popular Park Run and is home of the Great South Run.

All F1 doctors are required to undertake a mandatory and comprehensive induction/shadowing week prior to commencing the actual F1 rotation. F1 doctors will be paid for this week. The start date is the last Wednesday in July.

Study leave is supported and follows the rules and regulations set out by HEE.

PHUT actively supports career tasters through its network of Educational Supervisors.

FY1s have the opportunity to attend simulation training to develop practical and clinical skills in recognising and managing the deteriorating patient. The simulation scenarios will enhance overall performance and highlight human factors and situational awareness thus promote leadership, delegation and communication skills

Wessex Foundation School and PHU encourages foundation doctors to contribute to, and participate in local forums. Additionally, there are national forums conducted by the UKFPO and GMC.

An educational supervisor is allocated to each foundation doctor for the full two years of their Foundation Programme to maintain an overview of development and progress of the doctor within the training programme.

A named clinical supervisor will be allocated for each placement within the rotation.

– A total of 5 scheduled teaching days, with a repeating programme. The time off for these is written into rotas to allow attendance.

– Additional lunchtime clinical skills sessions weekly (core).

– F1 attend ALERT course

– F2 attend AIMs course

– Departmental teaching

– Medical Grand Rounds – Forums for the presentation and active discussion of medical content.

– Schwartz Rounds – Forums for discussion of the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare.

– ALS is provided free during F1 or F2 year

The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire. In addition, it offers certain tertiary services to a wider catchment area in excess of two million people.

Queen Alexandra Hospital has over 8,500 staff, 1,200 beds and 28 operating theatres.

There are 2 restaurants on-site:

– Café Blue open 07:15 – 20:00 (food available from vending machines during nights)

– Education Centre café open 08:00-15:00 (staff only)

Plus Costa Coffee, League of Friends Coffee Shop and vending facilities throughout site.

The new extension to the main entrance will include a M&S food.

A greengrocer stall is outside 3 days per week.

There is a gym with pool on site in the Oasis Centre, offering discounted gym membership facilities to PHUT staff.

The University of Portsmouth have partnered with King’s College London to create a new branch campus as part of the development of the University of Portsmouth Medical School.

As lead clinical partner, PHU, along with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, and our colleagues in primary care, will play a pivotal role in student placements. The University is working towards accepting its first students in September 2024.

Our vision is to deliver excellence in care for our patients and communities. Our values are:

– Working together for patients

– Working together with compassion

– Working together as one team

– Working together always improving

Our critical care facilities are rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

We offer interesting placements, including niche specialities like MaxFax, Plastics, Neonates, Paeds ED, Forensic Psych, Audio Vestibular Medicine.

We are a vibrant, busy hospital with good teaching ethos. There is plenty of opportunity to develop your own teaching skills.

“QA is a friendly hospital and I have been pleasantly surprised how well supported I have been from day 1 as a result my confidence has really grown.”

“Very busy and stressful at times but always supported and you feel valued as a member of the team.”

“Lots of exposure to interesting pathology.”