Who we are and what we do

Our partners

Constitution and governance

NHS Dorset Board

Who we are and what we do

NHS Dorset is the public name of NHS Dorset Integrated Care Board (ICB).

It will undertake the statutory responsibilities of the current clinical commissioning group (CCG) and will also be responsible for planning to meet the healthcare needs of people and communities in Dorset.

NHS Dorset will work with others to:

  • Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare

  • Tackle inequalities in outcome and access

  • Enhance productivity and value for money

  • Help the NHS deliver broader social and economic development, particularly post the COVID-19 pandemic

NHS Dorset will listen to people and communities across Dorset, see things from their perspective, and co-design the services that people really need going forward, so that we can support people to live healthy and happy lives from cradle to old age.


We will work more closely together across the NHS, local authorities, and many others in what is called the Dorset ‘integrated care system’. We are going to try to avoid using this phrase, and instead use ‘working together locally’.

We will be working together locally with:

NHS Dorset partners

Dorset NHS Consolidated Green Plan

In Dorset, NHS Organisations are already striving to reach the targets set out in the ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’ paper in October 2020 and are proud of the achievements that we have made so far. These achievements will ensure that we will become Net Zero Carbon by 2040 and a Net Zero Carbon Plus by 2045.

Read “Dorset NHS Consolidated Green Plan”

What our partners say

I believe there is a sea change in the relationship between the voluntary and statutory sectors. There is mutual respect, determination and a shared vision to provide a health service that strives to meet the needs of everyone in Dorset.

Nick Rowe, Project Manager, Dorset Community Mental Health Alliance
The development of NHS Dorset is a great opportunity for statutory and voluntary organisations to come together as equal partners and as part of the wider integrated care system, to put an end to the inflexibility that has created the existing inequalities for many of Dorset residents. The Dorset integrated care system will enable residents to be at the centre of all decision-making processes to reduce the health inequalities, to avoid duplication and to pool resources more effectively. These are exciting times that we all need to embrace to create a positive change for all and for the future.
Nathalie Sherring, Chief Executive, Dorset Race Equality Council

We need to listen, to learn by trying to understand other’s lived experiences, and we need to codesign the services that people and communities in Dorset need going forward. We need to work with others to help people not just live long, healthy lives, but long lives that add quality and that’s about personal happiness.

Patricia Miller OBE, Chief Executive, NHS Dorset

Healthwatch Dorset works hard to provide up-to date information and gather local people’s views on health and social care services. Our small staff team and amazing volunteers are passionate about giving people the opportunity to share their experiences of using health and social care services across Dorset and making sure that this valuable feedback reaches the powers that be and leads to positive change.

We work closely with NHS commissioners and providers, local councils, care providers and the voluntary sector, sharing people’s concerns and queries to help improve local services. The feedback we gathered last year; engagement with children and young people; our community outreach work with people experiencing homelessness and our latest reports on people’s access to dentistry and experience of using A&E services are helping the NHS and councils make service improvements.

We are really pleased to be working with NHS Dorset to develop a strategic approach to working with people and communities that puts local people’s views and experiences at the heart of decision-making.

Viv Aird, Chair, Healthwatch Dorset Steering Group

NHS Dorset, working together locally, offers us a huge opportunity to develop great partnerships and teamwork between support providers of all kinds in a whole range of different places. Creating better connections and integration with the huge contribution of the voluntary and community sector will support smarter working between all partners. Better integration will facilitate even more practical, grass-roots support that will improve the quality of life, health, and care of all Dorset’s residents.

Jon Sloper, Chief Executive, #HelpAndKindness

We believe that people and communities have a wealth of experience and expertise to contribute to the development and ongoing sustainability of a truly place-based and integrated care system for Dorset. By putting people and communities at the heart of system thinking, transformation and integration, we can move away from “them and us” culture to work collaboratively “all of us” as citizens of Dorset. Genuine integration and coproduction across Statutory, Voluntary and Community organisations and local communities will ensure that people and their voices are heard and integrated within all decisions that affect them and their lives.

Becky Aldridge, Chief Executive, Dorset Mental Health Forum

The voluntary sector must mobilise its amazing potential so we can find solutions to the huge challenges faced by the National Health Service, embrace the opportunities the new Integrated Care System offers and help the of people Dorset live happier and healthier lives.

Linda O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Dorset Mind

To build a truly collaborative approach with NHS Dorset and all the partners is so important and vital to make a difference to people’s lives, working together makes what we do so much sense, means we are stronger and better.

Alex Picot, Chief Executive, Dorset Community Action

The role of parish and town councils as a source of key information for residents on a broad range of topics has moved into a more dynamic space following the Covid-19 pandemic. Community based social media fed by local councils, will play an increasingly important role.

Neil Wedge, Chief Executive, Dorset Association of Parish Town Councils
If not now when? We’re at a critical point in time – we all need to continue to pull together and work as equal partners with our communities … as everyone deserves to live well.
Karen Loftus, Chief Executive, Community Action Network

The voluntary and community Sector holds a privileged position of supporting health and wellbeing at a local level.  By developing unified partnerships with NHS Dorset, we build stronger connections to individual voices and what communities want and need to thrive.

Caroline Moylan, Director of Homelessness, Bournemouth Churches House Association

We must listen to people at the earliest stage of service design, development, and evaluation. Only through this approach can you truly understand what matters to people.

Ian Gall, Chair, Our Dorset Public Engagement Group

Understanding what really matters to people, and genuinely listening and responding to that, is at the heart of high-quality care, and improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Sam Crowe, Director, Public Health