Vision, values and behaviours

At the heart of Dorset Healthcare is the organising principle of being Better Every Day. This guides us in all that we do and provides a single common thought that applies not only to the experience and outcomes of our patients, but also to our staff.

For everyone who connects with Dorset HealthCare and its services, whether a patient, partner or member of staff, we want them to have that sense of improvement, and know that every day, even the smallest changes are enabling us to be better for the people we serve.

Alongside that organising principle is our vision. Renewed in early 2015, our vision sets out our ambition for the future, and provides us with a single common ambition so that we are all guided and inspired by the same longer-term aspiration for the Trust.

Our vision, purpose and values have been shaped by our staff.

Together, they support all of us to stay focused on what’s important overall, underpinned by the core behaviours that outline what we expect of ourselves and each other.

Our vision and purpose

Our vision is:

To be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our vision is that Dorset HealthCare will lead and inspire both locally and nationally. Our ambition is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike, by achieving excellent clinical outcomes, supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

We are also guided by a clear statement of purpose. Our purpose sets out what we do and why we do it, and helps everyone to feel part of the same organisation when we deliver such a diversity of services.

Our purpose is:

  • To provide integrated healthcare services to empower people to make the most of their lives
  • We care when you’re unwell, we support your recovery and we give you the knowledge and confidence to stay as healthy as possible.

Our values





Our values are:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts
  • Commitment to learning.

Our core behaviours provide a guide for how we can bring our values to life. You can read more about those below.

Our behaviours


At Dorset HealthCare, we have created a set of core behaviours to remind us that how we do things is as important as what we do and achieve. These behaviours set out what we expect of ourselves and each other.

We aim to always be:

  • Supportive
  • Proactive
  • Respectful
  • Positive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy.

Although this is not a comprehensive list of behaviours that we would like to demonstrate within the organisation, these are the behaviours that people working for and with the organisation identified as important for them, and they are the behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.

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