Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

  • Core Values:  Supportive, Proactive, Respectful, Positive, Reliable and Trustworthy
  • Size:  We are a 7,000-strong workforce, based in over 300 locations across the beautiful county of Dorset, ranging from village halls and GP surgeries to mental health inpatient hospitals and our 12 community hospitals - as well as in people's homes.
  • Specialties:  We are responsible for all mental health services and many physical health services in Dorset, delivering both hospital and community-based care. We are the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and our services continually evolve and develop to meet the needs of the local community.

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About us:

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people. We like to do things differently – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are many ways you can make a difference in our local communities. Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves. Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Why Dorset HealthCare:

Innovation and fresh thinking are 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’
  • We have a strong track record of delivering innovative change, with 83% of medical staff saying they feel able to make suggestions to improve the work of the team and 78% who feel like they have frequent opportunities to show their initiative
What happens here changes people's lives:
  • 96% of medical staff feel that their job makes a difference
  • 82% of medical staff feel that there are numerous opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills
  • Staff rated us as the joint 4th best mental health and community NHS Trust to work at
  • Staff rated us 9.4 out of 10 for our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Staff rated us 9.7 out of 10 for Safe Environment

Why Dorset:

If you don’t already live here and you’re tired of the 24-hour noise and rhythms of living and working in an urban jungle or weary of cramming into tube cars or busy buses at rush hour, Dorset could be the perfect place to start afresh.  Dorset is home to the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a magnet for fossil hunters and setting for the hit TV series Broadchurch. We also have miles and miles of sandy, award-winning beaches beloved by millions of holiday makers. More than half of Dorset is designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), reflecting our breath-taking landscapes, panoramic views, rich wildlife habitats and historical landmarks such as hilltop earthworks and ancient monuments. Famous landmarks include Brownsea Island, birthplace of the scouting movement; Corfe Castle; the Cerne Abbas Giant; Gold Hill in Shaftesbury; Durdle Door; the Cobb at Lyme Regis, and the former homes of Thomas Hardy, run by the National Trust.

What working for us will provide:

  • 32 days of annual leave, rising to 34 days after 7 years’ experience, plus bank holidays.
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training, including access to our one-to-one career coaching team and a training budget to pursue any postgraduate programmes of interest and relevance to your field of work. On top of this, you’ll also have access to study leave days and an annual study leave budget
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Book one of our two Trust owned beach huts along the famous Sandbanks!
  • £10,000 relocation costs where applicable
  • Recruitment and retention bonus where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
Visit our careers website at to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.


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Your Colleagues

I’m Ian Rodin and I’m a consultant psychiatrist. I came to work in Dorset because I thought it would be a good place for me and my family to live and this turned out to be the case. Working for Dorset HealthCare has been a major bonus. Team members in the CMHT where I work are skilled and kind and we’ve benefited from the support of a well-organised Trust committed to delivering excellent patient care. I’ve had great medical colleagues and my time here has been enjoyable, rewarding and more professionally and intellectually stimulating than I expected, with many opportunities to develop myself and try new things. Moving to Dorset was a great decision.”

Ian Rodin, Consultant Psychiatrist

Joining Dorset HealthCare has reinvigorated my passion for medicine and helped develop new skills and roles, where I’ve had opportunities to undertake appraiser training, clinical supervisor training, leadership courses and mentoring too. I really value that the Trust is prepared to listen when fantastic new possibilities and ways of working are put forward, including the promotion of MDT working and remote consulting, and that patient and staff wellbeing is proven to be a high priority. Dorset HealthCare is an innovative Trust in nature and I enjoy working for such a diverse and progressive organisation.”

Dr Andrew Dean, Extensivist GP and Deputy Medical Director for Physical Health and Community Services