Our Dorset Integrated Care System

Everyone in Dorset deserves to live well. That’s why our NHS organisations, councils, public services and voluntary and community partners are working together as an integrated health and care system.

We’ve joined up to tackle all the things that affect our health and wellbeing so that we can make real change and improve things in our communities.

Dorset Health and Care Partnership

Building on long-standing strong and successful partnerships in Dorset, our Integrated Care Partnership is now making decisions and working together to improve the health and wellbeing of the 800,000 people living here.

The partnership:
  • is collectively responsible for budgets,
    staffing and delivering the best care for people in Dorset
  • gives consistent advice and proactive support so people can stay well, particularly those who are vulnerable or at higher risk of developing serious or longterm health conditions
  • joins up care and treatment when needed
  • improves access to services so everyone is given the right care in the right place at the right time
  • works at a local level with communities on how services are delivered.

NHS Dorset

Our Integrated Care Board NHS Dorset was created on 1 July 2022 and is responsible for planning to meet the healthcare needs

NHS Dorset works 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 following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Involving people

Our Dorset’s approach to public engagement has a strong focus on working in partnership with people, communities and the voluntary sector. We collectively agree that strong engagement and communications is crucially important so that we achieve the best outcomes with, and for, our communities.