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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has a wide range of opportunities for you, whatever stage of your career you are at.

We also know that everyone is looking for something different, whether that be a better work life balance, or climbing the NHS ladder, we have the teams to support. We can offer -

  • Flexible Working opportunities across our Divisions
  • Supportive career development, with pathways of advancement and mentors to guide and advise
  • Leadership and Management training programmes
  • Education and Training Courses
  • Newly Qualified? Let us help you put your learning into action with our comprehensive Preceptorship programme
  • Rotational package - looking to experience care across a number of services? Then a rotation could be just for you!
  • Staff Recognition awards, to recognise all those that make a real and lasting difference to our patients and their families
  • Health and Wellbeing Support, including on site Counselling services, Wellness Centre and Gym and access to training, including emotional resilience, to help you stay healthy, and look after your mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Relocation support for those moving to us from further afield (subject to suitability)
  • On site Childcare Provider, with Salary Sacrifice scheme available



 About Us

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a large district general hospital providing comprehensive acute and specialist services. We are the largest non-teaching hospital trust in England, with an annual turnover of close to £550m, employing over 7,000 members of staff, making us the largest employer in Portsmouth.

We proudly provide care and support to three key communities:

1. Local Community - we provide comprehensive acute services to meet the needs of approximately 675,000 patients in our primary catchments of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. We see in excess of 142,000 patients within our Emergency Pathway each year, and our Maternity Services deliver 5,800 babies each year, making us the largest Maternity Service Provider on the South Coast.

2. Regional Community - we provide some services, general and specialist, to the broader Hampshire communities and beyond.

3. Military Community - we are one of the largest hospitals working with the Ministry of Defence to provide care for serving military personnel and veterans.

We are proud of what we do and achieve as a Trust. We continue to aim to deliver new and innovative approaches to care and we believe this sets us apart from other district general hospitals.


Our Vision and Values

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is proud to have a vision that sets the ambition for our organisation -

"Working together to drive excellence in care for our patients and communities"

We have four core values that outline how we expect each of us to work together and provide care for patients. All of our staff, volunteers and Board members commit to uphold these, whatever our role in our Trust. For more information about our strategic aims, vision and values, please read our 'Working Together Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Strategy 2018 - 2023'



Celebrating our Staff!

We know how hard our staff work, providing excellent care for all of our patients and living our values every single day.They are our Care Champions. At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust we recognise and reward our staff through a number of awards -





Want some further detail about what we can offer?  


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust accommodation service provides a stepping stone for new employees that come from outside the area, allowing them to look for a suitable private dwelling. Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis.   

For more information contact the Residences Team on 02392 286216 or email Residences.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk


Annual Leave

The Trust offers a generous annual leave entitlement where typically most full-time staff will be entitled to 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 27 days will increase to 29 after 5 years NHS service and after 10 years service this will increase to 33 days! Part-time staff will receive leave calculated on a pro-rata basis, in relation to their annual leave allocation and their entitlement to public holidays.

It is also possible for employees to buy and sell annual leave.

Leave entitlements are set out in Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions Handbook, and Contractual terms and conditions for Medical and Dental staff.Staff employed under social care contracts and some clinical staff may have different allowances.

Aquillis Counsellors Service

Aquillis was established in 2006 and is a team of qualified counsellors / psychotherapists who came together to provide counselling for the staff of Portsmouth Hospitals Trust.

This service is based at the site of Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Beach Hut

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has a beach hut which is available for staff to hire free of charge.

The beach hut is equipped with general items such as table, chairs, and kettle etc. - all you need for a relaxing day, enjoying the sunshine on Southsea seafront.


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust employs chaplains as part of its multi-disciplinary team to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, relatives, carers and staff. Chaplains recognise that caring for patients is demanding, stress can sometimes become particularly difficult for staff to cope with the demands of work when personal issues are placing them under additional stresses and strains.

Chaplains offer a confidential service of listening and reflection for all staff to help them gain new perspectives on their current situation and enable them to move forward.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycling is a great way to commute and a great way to get fit, feel good, as well as saving you money on fuel costs, parking, and wear and tear on your car.

The Trust operates a Tax Efficient Saving Scheme to purchase a bicycle, protective clothing and locks etc. up to £4949 (conditions apply). An interest free loan of up to £750 is also available to purchase a bicycle, which is paid in 10 monthly instalments.

The Trust has over 230 bike spaces available and these are being added to all the time.Further information of cycling initiatives can also be obtained from Oasis on 02392 283333 or oasis@porthosp.nhs.uk

Development - Education and Training

Portsmouth Hospitals demonstrates a strong commitment to Education and Professional Development. With its Education Centre within the main hospital, training and education is well supported with staff library facilities accessible 24/7. The Learning & Development team co-ordinate, support and deliver teaching programmes across all disciplines, including training rotations, student placements and apprenticeships. Highly supportive induction programmes lead onto classroom, simulation, work-based and e-learning education opportunities.

With the additional benefit of a renowned TEAMS (Training, Education and Assessment by Medical Simulation) Centre on-site, international courses along with a comprehensive programme of local simulation training are easily accessible. These are offered as part of internal teaching programmes as well as stand-alone. The site also houses a practice suite where surgical simulation courses take place.

The high quality of education and training delivered by PHT’s Learning & Development team was recently endorsed by the award of a Quality Mark by the National Skills Academy for Health.

To discover more information about the variety of courses and programmes available for staff please visit the Learning & Development webpage.

Flexible Working

The Trust wants to enable staff to balance personal interests, family life and work more effectively. We also believe that our ability to attract high calibre staff will be enhanced by the fact that we can offer terms and conditions of employment best suited to individual circumstances and priorities.

A range of flexible working options are open to all staff aimed at helping them achieve a healthy work life balance. These include variable shift patterns, job share, part time, flexi time, career breaks, annualised hours, home working, term time working and phased return to work.

NHS Discounts

As an NHS Employee, you’ll be entitled to a whole range of discounts with retailers and other organisations. From reduced gym membership to money off your shopping, you can find most deals available on the Health Service Discounts website.

By joining Health Service Discounts you will receive regular emails with varied and exclusive offers.

NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS Pension Scheme is open to all NHS employees to save effectively for their retirement.

The scheme has been a cornerstone of the NHS reward package since its creation in 1948.

Oasis Wellness Centre

The Oasis Wellness Centre is an on site facility compromising of a gym, indoor heated swimming pool and a series of health and treatment services.

The centre is available for all staff.

Occupational Health

This service aims to promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of all employees and is concerned with the effects of work on health and vice versa. Occupational Health will liaise and communicate with staff and management and maintain complete confidentiality of occupational health records.

Park & Ride and On-site Parking

Park & Ride

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is unique in having a fast, cheap and reliable Park & Ride service for staff, located just 5 minutes away from the main site.

Staff who use the Park & Ride service can also park on the main site at Queen Alexandra Hospital after 15.30 until 08.30, Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.The service runs every 7 minutes during peak times, up to 15 minutes off peak. The service runs from 06.00 until 22.15, Monday to Friday. Between 21.10 and 22.15 the buses are replaced with pre-booked taxis.

On-site Parking

On-site parking spaces are allocated in accordance with Trust criteria (Subject to availability) which are based upon requirement to be on-site. Parking on site is limited to staff who;

- Work shifts commencing and finishing outside of the park and ride operating times.
- Are on permanent night shifts or work only weekends are exempt.
- Required to extensively use our vehicle for work journeys.
- Satisfy the criteria for Category A on call as determined by DDNC.
- Hold a disabled blue badge regulated by appropriate authorities.
- Volunteers not already employed by Portsmouth Hospitals.
- Are resident on-site.

Relocation Expenses

The Trust may offer financial assistance for newly appointed staff who as a result of their appointment need to move their main domestic residence a reasonable distance, including those staff appointed from overseas.

For more information regarding the Relocation Expenses policy click here.

Staff Engagement

Portsmouth Hospitals prides itself on having an engaged and empowered workforce through using many methods.

Listening into Action

Listening into Action (LiA) is about achieving a fundamental shift in the way we work and lead, putting clinicians and staff at the centre of change for the benefit of our patients, our staff and the Trust as a whole. 

LiA aims to;

- Connect and bring people together.
- Empower clinicians and staff to get on and make the changes we all want to see.
- Collaborate to come up with good ideas and then quickly turning them into action.
- Celebrating our successes and using our stories to inspire others.
- Share ownership and responsibility to improve care for our patients and working lives for ourselves.

The LiA approach will support and enable you and your teams to do the very best for our patients and their families, in a way which makes us all feel proud.

Pride of Portsmouth Awards

The annual Pride of Portsmouth  Awards are an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements, to showcase best practice, to reward those who exceed expectations or any exceptional act by individual staff and teams.  Pride of Portsmouth Awards incorporate the Chairman’s Awards, the Chief Executive Officers Awards for Outstanding Achievement and the 40 years’ service awards. 

Employees of Portsmouth Hospitals, Primary Care staff or Engie staff working on a Portsmouth Hospitals site or a volunteer are eligible. Winners receive a personalised presentation award and certificate at an award ceremony. Nominations usually open in the spring of each year.

Employee of the month

This recognition scheme rewards staff who bring our values to life. 

All Trust staff, volunteers and contractors including Engie staff working across the Trust’s sites are eligible for the awards

Inclusivity at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest employer in Portsmouth and we are proud of our diverse workforce. We have over 7,000 members of staff who come from different backgrounds. The Trust is committed to employment practices which aim to mkae sure that all staff feel valued and are treated with dignity and respect in an inclusive environment which acknowledges difference and celebrates diversity.

We are proud to have a recognised Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network that provides a forum for staff to talk confidentially about their work experiences, identify and respond to matters that affect BAME staff and contribute to improving the work experience of BAME colleagues.










 We also have a Lesbian Gay Transgender (LGBT+) Equality Forum that meets quarterly to discuss any issues or concerns, supports the organisation to become more inclusive and acts as a reference group to discuss any changes in processes or policies that may affect the LGBT+ community. The LGBT+ forum will also attend and support inclusivity events run by the Trust and other organised events such as Portsmouth Pride.











Team Brief

The Trust Executive team want you to be kept up to date with Trust Priorities and therefore all staff are invited to attend the regular Team brief sessions. 

Your department/ward will communicate major issues from the management team with any issues within your division or area in a monthly Team Brief. Those staff delivering the briefs should make the information relevant to their own particular area.

Staff Lottery

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust employees have the opportunity to opt into the staff lottery.

Shares are £1 each (minimum shares of 2) and are deducted from your salary. There is a monthly draw where you can win a prize up to £600!

Tops Day Nursery

Tops Day Nursery is based at Queen Alexandra Hospital and caters for children from 3 months old until they are ready to start school.

The nursery offers staff discount for those employed by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and staff can opt into the salary sacrifice scheme for payment of fees.

Contact the Human Resource Team

Tel: 02392 286577
Email: HR.Inbox@porthosp.nhs.uk


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Last updated - 21 February 2019
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