Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust

A workforce of more than 6,500 staff, looking after a population of over 700,000 people.

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A diverse team and area


We run 12 community hospitals around Dorset, many services including CMHT (Community Mental Health Teams) 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.

Our vision as an organisation is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all that we do.

Opportunity and innovation

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.

Alongside nurses and other clinical or medical staff, we employ people in IT, catering, estate management, administration, HR, learning and development, finance and business management.

We are on an upward curve of improvement. A majority of our services inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the past couple of years were found to be either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

We were the first NHS trust in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for our mental health services.

Support and development

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere and relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.

For people who want to supplement their main role or just work more flexibly to suit your lifestyle, we also have a roster of Bank staff. You can choose the location and shift pattern that are right for you and you won’t be tied into contracted hours.

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

We offer a wide range of outstanding learning and development opportunities to help you further your career – from PRINCE 2 certification and project management to the Mental Health Foundation Pathway, and courses delivered via the NHS Leadership Academy.

Thinking of returning to nursing? You are in the right place! You may need to undertake a return to practice course if you are no longer a registered nurse. There’s also a specific return to practice programme if you wish to return and work as a general practice nurse. Depending on how long you have been out of practice, it can take between three and 12 months to complete. By the end, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to be able to return with confidence.


“Calm relaxed atmosphere. First class attention from all staff as soon as you enter the hospital.”

Weymouth MIU

“Both my mum and 17-year-old daughter have always received the best of care, and it is so easy and convenient  to be able to just walk and be seen. Well done.”

Audiology services

“Everyone so welcoming and makes you feel at ease. A lovely atmosphere and a lovely team of girls. A very pleasant experience.”

Wimborne Hospital - Theatres

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