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 (ICS).

Integrated care is about removing traditional barriers between services so people can access the support and care they need when they need it.

Dorset became one of England’s first pilot ICSs in 2018, and this way of working is now being replicated across the country following the publication of a government white paper for health and social care reform.

Building on the strong and successful partnerships we already have in Dorset, we will be working closer with communities to build the services we need, improve care and tackle health inequalities across the county.

The benefits of working together mean people will have consistent health and wellbeing advice and more proactive support to stay well, particularly those who are vulnerable or at a higher risk of developing a serious or long-term health condition.

By making decisions and working together we can improve the health and wellbeing of the 810,000 people living here.

We are Our Dorset.

Dorset Health and Care Partnership
Connecting Communities
NHS Dorset
Download info on Our Dorset Health and Care System

Our Dorset is made up of:

people registered with a GP practice
voluntary organisations
town & parish councils
unitary councils
primary care networks
ambulance trust
PCC & police authority
fire service
GP practices
acute hospitals (three sites)
clinical commissioning group
community & mental health trust

The Future of Integrated Care Systems

The national aims are to:

  • Improve population health and healthcare
  • Tackle health inequalities and access to services
  • Enhance productivity
  • Support broader social and economic development

Locally we will:

  • Build stronger partnerships in local places between communities, NHS services, local councils and the voluntary sector
  • Form provider collaboratives where providers will work together commissioning services for their local population
  • Develop a system-wide strategic commissioning approach focusing on population health

Benefits for our communities:

  • Consistent advice and proactive support to help people stay well, particularly those who are at higher risk
  • Joined up care and treatment when needed
  • Digital services that put people at the heart of their own care
  • Support for social and economic development through employment, training, procurement and volunteering activities