Team DHC

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Innovation and fresh thinking isĀ in our DNA

  • We were the first mental health NHS trust in the southwest to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for our mental health services
  • We are rated as one of the top four NHS trusts for providing an extremely high level of care for people with mental illness
  • We were shortlisted by the HSJ for Mental Health Provider of the Year in 2019
  • We are multi award-winning, including ‘Best Use of Technology to Improve the Working Environment’ and ‘Best Employee Staff Recognition’ Nursing Times Workforce Awards 2020
  • We have a strong track record of research and delivering innovative change, like setting up the first leg ulcer clinic in the county
  • We have received national recognition for end-of-life care and endoscopy work
  • We were the first radiography department in the county to receive national accreditation from the Quality Standard for Imaging

What happens here changes people's lives

Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest trusts in the South West. Across 300 locations, including 12 community hospitals, our dedicated team of 7,000 staff look after a population of more than 800,000 people, treat more than 200,000 in MIUs, and carry out more than 17 million tests each year.

Our community hospitals run many services including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient appointments, theatre, therapy services, radiology and minor injury services.

We have several community mental health teams, as well as specialist inpatient care services, providing care for conditions such as depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and personality disorders.

Our community services include district nursing, health visiting, audiology, speech and language therapy, learning disabilities, podiatry, dermatology, end-of-life care, sexual health, brain injury services, safeguarding children and addiction services.

Sharpen your skills at the cutting edge

Our vision as an organisation is to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all that we do.

Our size and multiple locations offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that fits with your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we support you on your career journey.

We enjoy a fruitful partnership with Bournemouth University which provides great opportunities for clinical research and innovation, as well as wide-ranging professional development pathways for our staff.

We also offer apprenticeships and high level training across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas for anyone aged 16 and above. We offer on-the-job training programmes which lead to nationally recognised quali­fications, so you can earn while you learn!

89% of staff feel that their job makes a difference




(Annual Staff Survey, 2020)

Staff rated us as the joint 4th best mental health and community NHS Trust to work at



(Annual Staff Survey, 2020)

95% of patients indicated their experience had been good or very good



(Patient Experience Survey, 2020)

Staff rated us 9.4 out of 10 for our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion



(Annual Staff Survey, 2020)

75% of staff would recommend Dorset HealthCare as a place to work


(Annual Staff Survey, 2020)

Staff rated us 9.7 out of 10 for Safe Environment





(Annual Staff Survey, 2020)

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