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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust logo
Sentinel House
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Nuffield Road
BH17 0RB
Telephone number
01202 277000

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust provides integrated community health and mental health, specialist learning disability services, community brain injury, community dental services including community hospitals and prison healthcare.

Whilst our Trust HQ is in Poole, the Trust provides local services across a range of locations throughout Dorset.

We serve a population of almost 700,000 people across the county of Dorset. Our income is approximately £200 million and we employ around 5,000 staff.

Most of our services are provided in the local communities, in people's homes, community hospitals or in local centres through locally based integrated health and social care teams and facilities. We also provide specialist assessment and treatment inpatient centres.

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust became a Foundation Trust on 1st April 2007.  We are a forward looking Foundation Trust looking to increase our membership and their involvement in our strategic direction.

Dorset HealthCare is regulated by Monitor.  Monitor is an independent body which authorises and regulates NHS Foundation Trusts and supports their development, ensuring they are well-governed and financially robust.  Monitor helps to ensure we remain compliant with our terms of authorisation, these are a detailed set of requirements covering how Foundation Trusts must operate – in summary they include:

  • the general requirement to operate effectively, efficiently and economically;

  • requirements to meet healthcare targets and national standards; and

  • the requirement to cooperate with other NHS organisations.

The Trust is also registered without restrictive conditions with the Care Quality Commission.



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