Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) and our trust have a longstanding relationship and PHU has been providing services for people living on the Isle of Wight for many years.

In 2019, Portsmouth Hospitals and our Trust formed a strategic partnership. The partnership enables the two Trusts to work together to tackle the challenges faced by hospital services on the island and to improve acute care for the combined population of 800,000 people who live in Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Boards of both Trusts are committed that this is the start of a strong and lasting partnership.

There is lots of evidence from elsewhere in the UK and internationally to show how, by working in partnership like this, smaller and larger hospitals can support each other.  IWT is developing similar partnerships for the other services it provides – community, mental health and ambulance services.

 Teams from the two Trusts started working together in 2020 to begin creating a joint clinical strategy as well as plans for immediate improvements.

This document describes the initial thinking about the strategic direction for the acute services delivered by PHT and IWT over the next 2-3 years. It provides a framework for clinical teams to begin more detailed planning to explore the opportunities to join forces and develop the best clinical services for the combined population served by the two hospitals. 

If you require the strategy in a different language or different media, please contact our Patient Experience Team: