Values and vision

Our vision is to work with our partners at the leading edge of healthcare for the benefit of our patients. This means we must unite behind our mission to be better every day because we know that there is always the opportunity to improve our services.


We are a centre of clinical academic excellence where new treatments are being discovered, new healthcare professionals are being trained and cutting edge developments are being put into practice.

Although we share many features with other large university hospitals across the world we believe that we stand out because of our ambition to improve and our heartfelt compassion for the patients we look after.

We value our colleagues both within the hospital and across the health and social care sector because we know that they are working beside us with a common purpose.

Our values guide the decisions we make every day.

Our mission

University Hospital Southampton: together we care, innovate and inspire

Our values

Patients first

Patients and families will be at the heart of what we do and their experience within the hospital, and their perception of the Trust, will be our measure of success.

Working together

Our clinical teams will provide services to patients and are crucial to our success. We have launched a leadership strategy that ensures our clinical management teams are engaged in the day-to-day management and governance of the Trust.

Always improving

Our growing reputation in research and development and our approach to education and training will continue to incorporate new ideas, technologies and greater efficiencies in the services we provide.


Outstanding patient outcomes


Our framework is based on the vision and values of UHS, organised around five themes: Outstanding patient outcomes, safety and experience – a national reputation for outstanding patient outcomes, experience and safety, providing high quality care and treatment across an extensive range of services from fetal medicine, through all life stages and conditions, to end of life care


Pioneering Research and Innovation

Pioneering research and innovation – a leading teaching hospital with a growing, reputable and innovative research and development portfolio that attracts the best staff and efficiently delivers the best possible treatments and care for our patients 


World Class People

World class people – supporting and nurturing our people through a culture that values diversity and builds knowledge and skills to provide rewarding career paths within empowered, compassionate, and motivated teams.

Find Our People Strategy here.



Integrated Networks

Integrated networks and collaboration – delivering our services with partners through clinical networks, collaboration and integration across geographical and organisational boundaries 


Foundations for the Future

Foundations for the future – making our corporate infrastructure (finance, digital, estate) fit for the future to support a leading university teaching hospital in the 21st century and recognising our responsibility as a major employer in the community of Southampton and our role in delivering a greener NHS

Each of the themes is supported by ambitions, which set out our priorities in more detail and define what we want to achieve by 2025, all underpinned by a systematic approach to improvement.