About the Trust / Membership and Governors

Dorset NHS Trust AMM and OSCARS 2013_027

We are a foundation trust and provide a wide range of integrated health services including:

  • 12 community hospitals and the minor injuries units 
  • Community and inpatient mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services
  • Community integrated service, including:

speech and language therapy, diabetes education, safeguarding children,  sexual health promotion, wheelchair services, addiction services, podiatry, health visitors, school nursing, end of life care, district nurses, dermatology, orthopaedics, community brain injury services and audiology.

We serve a population of over 700,000 people and organise ourselves across 13 locality areas. We employ over 5,000 staff covering a range of expertise and specialisms and have a budget of around £255 million.

We are regulated by NHS Improvement, who support foundation trusts to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care that is financially sustainable. By holding us to account and, where necessary, intervening, NHS Improvement help us meet our short-term challenges and secure our future.

We are also registered without restrictive conditions with the Care Quality Commission.