Welcome from our Chief Executive

Patricia Miller

Thank you for expressing an interest in working for our Trust, set in one of the most beautiful
counties in the country.

I am proud of the excellent reputation that we have as a healthcare provider and recognise that this is only possible through the hard work and dedication of our talented staff.

Our mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them so we are seeking outstanding people who share our Trust values of teamwork, integrity, respect and excellence.

On joining our Trust, you will be welcomed into a friendly and supportive environment invested in your ongoing training and development.

I would encourage you to read on to discover why you should join us on our journey to becoming the best performing trust in the country, and wish you all the very best in your application.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At DCH we are committed to providing an inclusions, support and fair environment for all our staff, regardless of their background. Our aim is for every colleague we work with and every patient we treat to feel equal and valued.

We are proud of the diversity of our staff and we must celebrate this. Staff from minority communities play a fundamental part in, and make a vital contribution to, the NHS in Dorset.

The Trust has set up a Diversity Network which provides a safe space for colleagues to talk about their experiences and supports projects focussing on different cultures.  As a Trust, our next steps will be to establish similar networks for colleagues with long-term health conditions and disabilities, LGBTQ colleagues and other staff groups. These forums will be critical to improving our understanding of the steps we need to take to make the culture at DCH more inclusive.

Our values

In 2015 Dorset County Hospital reviewed our People Strategy and set out a three-year strategic plan to continue to make the Trust a great place to work.

The first step in our People Strategy was to agree our Trust values. Underpinning each of our values is a set of behaviours that we all sign up to – The DCH Way.

The DCH Way is how we pledge to behave as we go about our work within the Trust.

Our values are part of everything that we do, including recruitment, appraisal, Trust induction and leadership development. Our values will also be the basis for our revised Patient Charter.



I take responsibility for what I say and how I say it • I apologise when I get things wrong • I do what I say I will do • I understand that decisions and policies also apply to me • I challenge, and expect to be challenged, on behaviour that’s not in line with our values



I actively listen and ensure I have understood • I consider how my actions impact others • I treat others as I expect to be treated • I appreciate people’s differences • I value everyone’s contribution



I recognise that everyone has an important role • I offer colleagues help to achieve their goals • I communicate ideas and information with those who could benefit • I understand my role and the role of others within the Trust • I have a positive impact on my team



I seek out best practice and learn from others • I share my ideas and celebrate success • I welcome feedback and ensure I provide it constructively • I continuously strive to do things more efficiently • I take pride in my work and the work of the Trust

Trust profile

Our busy, modern hospital

We provide a full range of district general services, including an accident and emergency department, and links with satellite units in five community hospitals.

Provider of acute services

We are the main provider of acute hospital services to a population of around 250,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. We also provide renal services for patients throughout Dorset and South Somerset; a total population of 850,000.

Our staff

Our 3,000 staff work in GP surgeries, schools, residential homes and people’s own homes as well as Dorset County Hospital and the community hospitals.

Our hospital

Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two day theatres, and has been designed with a major commitment to Public Arts in Hospital. Related services are grouped into three connected wings: North, South and East.

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