We are delighted to announce a further Board appointment to NHS Dorset. We have successfully appointed Dr Dean Spencer to the role of Chief Operating Officer Designate.

Dean has kindly written a few words which we wanted to share with you.

We would like to share our congratulations and thank everyone involved in the recruitment process for this post.

Thank you.

Jenni Douglas-Todd
Chair Designate
NHS Dorset

Patricia Miller OBE
Chief Executive Designate
NHS Dorset

Dean joined the NHS in 1992 as a management trainee in Nottingham after completing a PhD in Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University. Dean’s early career was in Nottingham where he first became a director of one of the Primary Care Trusts. After that he moved to a Board position in a Foundation Trust in Yorkshire before moving to regional and national roles with the Trust Development Authority and NHS Improvement. Dean joins us from NHS England and NHS improvement. During COVID-19, he was the South West Incident Director and Director of the Vaccine Programme.

“I am delighted to be appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for NHS Dorset so that we can provide the best possible services for the people of Dorset. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some to get physical and mental health services as quickly as they need. With health and social care working together with the people in their local communities I am looking forward to working to improve the health of people in Dorset and reducing inequalities.”

Dr Dean Spencer
Chief Operating Officer Designate

About NHS Dorset

NHS Dorset is the public name of NHS Dorset Integrated Care Board (ICB), which is set to come into being on 1 July 2022.

NHS Dorset 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.