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Welcome to our careers section. Here you can find details about current job vacancies and more general information about working and living in West Dorset​. Outstanding care, outstanding careers - apply today.

You can contact our recruitment team on 01305 254655 or​  

Welcome from our Chief Executive Patricia Miller

Thank you for your interest in working for Dorset county Hospital. 

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 the talented staff we have across the Trust.

Our mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them. We are therefore seeking outstanding people who share our Trust values of teamwork, integrity, respect and excellence to help us continue delivering on this commitment.

On joining the 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. 

Outstanding Benefits

Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful part of the country

A robust and supportive Preceptorship Programme

Relocation incentive

Bespoke programmes available, on-going CPD support

Employee health and wellbeing support

Cycle to Work Scheme

Subsidised restaurant facilities

Transport links to Bournemouth, Weymouth and surrounding areas. National link train to London

Strong links with local universities / colleges

27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays

NHS Pension Scheme - one of the UK's best pension schemes with an excellent package of benefits. Visit for more information

Annual personal development review to support career aspirations

A wide range of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel​

Childcare Support

The Trust has an agreement with Sunny Days Nurseries which enables employees of DCHFT to receive discounted rates. The Trust also provides a childcare voucher scheme. This scheme enables employees to take a portion of their salary in childcare vouchers.


We offer on and off-site accommodation to our staff well below the market rates (subject to availability).

Flexible Working

We have a range of flexible working options across the Trust including compressed hours, term-time contracts, part-time working, etc.

Staff Recognition

As well as regular appraisals, local and corporate inductions the Trust also recognises its staff through:

Monthly Hospital Heroes Awards

Annual GEM Awards (Going the Extra Mile)

Employee Support and Wellbeing

We offer a free, confidential counselling service for all staff to support in both work and non-work related matters.

All staff can access physiotherapy services via self-referral or through your line manager.

The Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service is both confidential and impartial and its role is to promote and maintain the highest possible levels of health and wellbeing in the workplace​.

Our Values
We launched our values - The DCH Way - after seeking input from staff throughout the organisation.

Thanks to the feedback we received, each of our values—Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Excellence— truly reflect what we all feel is most important.

Underpinning each of our values is a set of behaviours that we all sign up to—what we all expect to see in each other and the way that we pledge to behave as we go about our work each day.

As work continues we will see our values becoming part of everything we do, including recruitment, appraisal, induction and leadership development. Our values will also form the basis of our revised Patient Charter.

Click here to find out more about each of our values or watch our video below: