Learning and Development


Trust Induction (current changes)

Due to the social distancing measures currently in place we have suspended all face to face training activity & this includes our two day Trust induction. All mandatory training required for your role will be delivered via eHub the Trusts online learning platform that you will be given access to prior to joining us. Your are welcome to complete training before joining us however your local workplace induction will allow time for this to take place.

(information below will be reintroduced based on national guidance)

The Dorset HealthCare Trust Induction is a two-day course undertaken by all new starters. The induction takes them through their necessary mandatory training, as well as introducing you to our Trust Vision, Values and Behaviours, covering a variety of topics, from Equality & Diversity training to dementia awareness. The course is a corporate welcome to the organisation, as well as a chance to hear the experiences of some of our service users and carers to remind us why our work is so important.

Download the Induction Programme to see an itinerary for the day. Please note that timings may be subject to change; new starters will be send a programme with the correct timing before their induction.

There is a section of induction which is presented via electronic tablets. Please see the Documents list below to update yourself.

Induction Documents

Induction Locations


All new staff will need to attend Trust Induction, whereas only certain new staff will need to attend the following training. If you are unsure about whether you need to attend, contact your line manager or email dhc.learning.developmentservice@nhs.net

Prevention and Management of Violence & Aggression

PMVA training is a five day course undertaken by new starters who will be working in inpatient mental health locations, please see for PMVA Course Programme and Map.

The Trust has produced a PMVA Video to give you a flavour of what to expect from this training programme.

Safeguarding Children and Adults Level 2

You may have been booked on to Safeguarding Children and Adults Level 2 training for New Starters by HR – please check the training schedule sent to you by HR. If you are booked on a session please be aware that you need to complete some e-learning prior to attendance as this supports and enhances the face to face learning. Please use the link below to access the e-learning - e-hub.using the username and password already sent to you. If you have already completed this and can provide evidence please cancel your booking by emailing - dhc.learning.developmentservice@nhs.net

RiO / SystmOne

Please speak to your Line Manager regarding whether or not you will be using RiO or SystmOne. If you require training, your manager will be contacted by clinical systems and your training will be booked this way.


Clustering training is a half-day course for qualified mental health professionals. The course is run at a number of different sites, please consult your offer of employment letter for which location you shall be attending.

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Development for existing staff


Dorset Healthcare believes that everyone should have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise.  An apprenticeship sets people up to achieve their long-term career aspirations.

Apprenticeships give you fantastic experience in the working world and gives you hands-on training. This gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment.
Not only does your apprenticeship give you the opportunity to learn and experience your chosen career, it also makes you more employable to future companies. They’ll be able to see that you were able to apply yourself to the demands of a full-time job whilst also studying to complete the coursework element of your apprenticeship. Dedication is an important quality to employers and they’ll value your work ethic.

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give you a chance to work (literally) towards a qualification. Getting into employment earlier means there’s lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly. You can also begin to earn a good salary much earlier on in your life.

If you are an existing member of staff, please contact the apprenticeship team to discuss how to express your interest in an apprenticeship email dhc.apprenticeship@nhs.net  or visit our apprenticeship pages on Doris.

Online Training / Classroom sessions

Within Dorset Healthcare we provide online training, and an online booking and recording system for any training that staff complete called eHub. We use eHub to record, book and review our training, and this website links to eLearning which provides online training sessions. These resources are available 24/7 both on and off Trust site's using any device connected to the internet. We have provided our Learning and Development Prospectus above.

Leadership, Management, Team and Personal Development

We are passionate about investing in great leadership. We develop our leaders to have a solid grounding in leadership skills.

Most importantly, we support all our colleagues to have the confidence and ability to lead and champion improvements across the high quality of care we provide. Our learning and development team hosts a wide range of leadership, management, improvement and team working initiatives as well as self-assessment tools and coaching accessible to everyone from team players, aspiring managers to directors.


For Vaccinator Training Checklist click here

For Admin Training Checklist click here

For our Consent Guide click here

For our Distraction Techniques click here

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