Front entrance of Queen Alexandra hospital

The announcement builds on the decade-long partnership between the University and the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 29 July 2020
  • 4 min read

Portsmouth Hospitals has been awarded university hospital status in a move that will bring significant benefits to patients, students and colleagues in the local community.

The newly named Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) will continue to provide high quality, compassionate care while driving further improvements in research and education.

Achieving university hospital status is the first step in a long-term programme that will enhance research partnerships to drive innovation and develop new treatments more quickly, as well as investing further in academic partnerships to strengthen the future workforce.

Collaborative research, education and training will be embedded into ways of working across the whole organisation to support delivery of PHU’s 5-year Working Together strategy and ensure that the Trust continues to provide safe, high quality patient care.

This is a watershed moment with two of the most important institutions in the city working in partnership to provide significant benefits for people in our local communities.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor

To further develop the strategic links between the Trust and the University, Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University, has been appointed to the Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director. Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of PHU, will be appointed as an external Governor of the University of Portsmouth from 1 August. These appointments demonstrate the continued commitment by both organisations to strengthening their existing 10-year relationship even further.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “I am delighted that our decade-long partnership with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has developed to new heights.

“This involves joint research appointments to serve the needs of our community, as well as a more co-ordinated approach to providing the workforce of the future and this has been recognised with the granting of university hospital status.

"This is a watershed moment with two of the most important institutions in the city working in partnership to provide significant benefits for people in our local communities.”


As a university hospital we will embed research, education and training across all that we do to continue to drive improvements and ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded university hospitals status.

“Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth are 2 of the largest employers in Portsmouth and are at the heart of our communities. This is an exciting opportunity for these anchor institutions to work even more closely together to improve the health and wellbeing of our local population.

“As a university hospital we will embed research, education and training across all that we do to continue to drive improvements and ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

“We are proud to fly the flag of the University of Portsmouth alongside our NHS Trust flag at Queen Alexandra Hospital. This is an important symbol of our commitment to improving health, wellbeing and opportunities for our local communities.”

Introducing our partnership with Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
Find out more about the benefits of this partnership to the Trust, the University and the community. 

Professor Anoop Chauhan, Executive Director of Research at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, said: “It is fantastic that the Trust has been awarded university hospitals status, and will help us to drive forward opportunities for research and education.

“It is our ambition that every one of our patients has access to a clinical trial or innovation. By continuing to work together with the University of Portsmouth, sharing our resources and expertise and increasing our research collaborations, we will use cutting edge science and technology to innovate and create tests and treatments that will benefit our patients more quickly.”

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