Integrated community services



At Dorset HealthCare we strive for progress and innovation whilst ensuring we achieve the best possible patient care and health outcomes for all our patients and communities.

It is an exciting time to join our Community Services directorate where the senior leadership team is rich in experience and expertise benefiting from senior managers from across nursing, therapy, social work and management backgrounds which brings a rich contribution to the strategic development and transformation of services.

Joining the supportive team who will welcome new colleagues, offering advice providing support and a keenness to learn from others experience.  We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome new team members who are equally as committed to delivering excellent services for the people of Dorset.

Roles available:

  • Service Manager for Community Hospitals
  • Locality Manager for Mid & West Dorset
  • Head of Integrated Community Services.

These posts sit within the broader community services directorate, which has a diverse portfolio covering the following services:

  • Planned
  • Intermediate
  • Urgent
  • Specialist care services.  

If you’re looking for new challenges, exciting opportunities and plenty of ways to make a real difference to our people, our services and our patients, we’re keen to hear from you.

We are committed to developing our people - continuous professional and career development is at the heart of our offer.  We are also committed to ensuring our people achieve a good work-life balance and key to this is our supportive approach to flexible working.

Jane Elson
Service Director for Integrated Community Services
Department structure

If you would like to discuss any of the roles, or to arrange an information visit, contact Tim Hodgetts, Deputy Director for Integrated Community Services, at

Staff testimonials

fisher-karen.jpgI lead a diverse and changing portfolio of services, crossing different professional groups, whilst maintaining clinical credibility. I have gained a wealth of clinical experience and developed into an operational manager, alongside undertaking a professional lead role.

Dorset HealthCare has supported my career development at a pace that has fitted in with my needs. I have been able to develop my leadership style completing the Rosalind Franklin programme enabling me to focus on combining strategy and clinical leadership to provide clinical insight in the planning and development of services that improve the patient journey.

My role that I am retiring from is as rewarding as it is challenging. I work closely with our partner acute hospitals and local authority with a specific focus on maintaining good patient flow whilst ensuring consistent quality and performance. I also work closely with matrons who are committed to securing the best outcomes for patients.

The community hospitals are spread across Dorset’s beautiful rural and coastal countryside, many situated in historic market towns supported by strong local communities.

Karen Fisher
Service Manager for Community Hospitals

Tim Hodgetts.JPGI have been a registered nurse for 25 years and spent most of my career in community services.  Over the last 10 years, I have undertaken management roles specifically looking at integrating services. 

I joined Dorset Healthcare in January 2020 as Head of Integrated Urgent Care (IUCS). Urgent care services have been through tremendous changes as we worked through and recover from the pandemic, which saw services expand in size to meet demand.  We took opportunities to review urgent care pathways to ensure patients are seen in the right place at the right time by the right person and improve the patient experience.  We also continue to focus on supporting our staff, support wellness and focus on the workforce development.

In October 2022, I started in my new role as Deputy Director for Integrated Community Services, and I am now looking to recruit in the Head of Integrated Urgent Care role.  This is a fantastic opportunity to continue the development of urgent care services and pathways and work with a dedicated and diverse workforce. 

Tim Hodgetts
Deputy Director for Integrated Community Services

Dan Mckie.jpgI have a background in management from the leisure retail industry and joined the NHS in February 2009 working in the urgent and emergency care sector for the last 14 years.

My role is about bringing together services to provide a seamless patient journey from a patients call to 111 to their referral to one of the Dorset Integrated Care Systems services ensuring patients receive the right care in the right place, whenever they need it.  

The organisation is committed to staff and patient wellbeing and fosters a culture of learning and development. The service is going through some exciting transformation changes to unlock the true potential of the staff and services and is committed to achieving its long-term goals and quality standards.   

Dan McKie
Deputy Head of Dorset Integrated Urgent Care Services
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