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​Staff Health and Wellbeing

A healthy and happy workforce is important to us. We offer a range of initiatives to help support staff health and wellbeing, both internal and external to the Trust.

Dorset County Hospital Choir

The hospital choir meet every Tuesday from 5pm to 6.30pm in the Chapel.

Couch to 5K

We offer our staff a Couch to 5K programme. Supported by runners from the local running clubs who work at DCH, we will encourage you and give you tips. We will run/jog/walk from the hospital grounds around Dorchester and some of the graduates from our first C25K may also join us to support you. 

Free Yoga Sessions

We offer yoga classes on a Monday evening. The yoga sessions are funded by the Trust and are free to staff members.

These one hour sessions are designed to revitalise and move your body (particularly if you spend a lot of time either sitting or standing, or doing repetitive activities), restore your sense of wellbeing through using the breath, and decrease your stress levels with meditation. 

Mental Health First Aid Training

These sessions are offered to help staff be aware of their own and colleagues' mental wellbeing. They give people tools to support themselves and each other, so everyone can talk about mental health and seek help when needed. 

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians/Champions

The Freedom to Speak Up Guardians/Champions work alongside the Senior Management Team to support the organisation in becoming a more open and transparent place to work, where all staff are actively encouraged and enabled to speak up safely about any worries or concerns they may be experiencing. 

For more information, visit the National Guardian website.

Health and Wellbeing Champions

The purpose of this role is to embed staff health and wellbeing into all we do as a Trust and to improve the understanding and importance of having good health. 

The Watercress Company

DCH has been working closely with The Watercress Company to explore the nutritional benefits of Watercress as part of the balanced menu choices offered here at the Trust.

The Watercress Company has now installed a fridge in Damers Restaurant. The fridge will be stocked daily with bags of fresh watercress for staff, patients and visitors to take and try. 

Watercress is a total powerhouse vegetable and is at its healthiest best when eaten raw. It's fabulous in a refreshing smoothie, great in a salad and makes a wonderful pesto too. The Grab-a- Bag station will give people the chance to experiment and really understand why eating watercress is so good for you and the many ways they can use it.

Care First - Employee Assistance Solutions

Care First is a leading provider of professional counselling, information and advice offering support for issues arising from home or work. Care First employ professionally qualified Counsellors and Information Specialists, who are experienced in helping people to deal with all kinds of practical and emotional issu​es.

What does the service provide?

  • Unlimited Freephone access 24 hours a day, every day of the year for personal and work related issues. 

  • Short term counselling and support by telephone and face to face (up to six one hour sessions per issue).

  • Support and referral for longer term issues.

  • Information services for any practical and day-to-day issues.

  • Management support and referral services.

  • On-line counselling, supporting articles and wellbeing advice.

How do I use the service?
You don’t need to ask your manager to use Care First, just call 0800 174319 and you can speak to a professional counsellor in confidence. 

Able Futures

Able Futures deliver the Department of Work and Pensions' Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. Able Futures' mental health professionals can help you cope with work while managing a mental health condition. You do not need to have an official diagnosis, and Able Futures' support can complement other help you are receiving - or waiting for. 

The service is free, confidential, and currently has a short waiting time locally. Staff can check eligibility and apply online via the website.

Neyber Financial Advice
As part of our commitment to your wellbeing, we are working with Neyber to give you access to a wide range of interactive tools and useful articles to help you understand and feel good about your finances. You can set your financial priorities to receive personalised online financial education for free.

To find out more, visit and sign up for free.

LiveWell Dorset

We work closely with LiveWell Dorset to promote health and wellbeing. LiveWell Dorset is a free health service provided by your council. We will guide you to a healthier lifestyle through free advice and coaching - weather you want to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol.

Call 0800 840 1628 or visit for more information.