Get Involved

Tell us what you think about health and care plans for the future

Your local NHS services and councils have a shared plan for our priorities for the next few years. We’d like to know what in our plans is most important to you, and where we should focus our efforts.

Have your say on our plans and watch our video examples of work taking place in the county now.

Closing date 18 August 2019. 

Dementia Services Review

We have been reviewing dementia services in Dorset. We know they weren’t working as well as they should. Over 300 people helped us to develop some different models of care and we need your views on the proposed changes. You can find out more about the proposals, see where dementia engagement events are being held and give your views through our survey.

Closing date 11 August 2019.

Heard of a Leg Club? Find out more and get involved with our new Weymouth club

We’re working to bring patients who need leg treatments together at our leg clubs where they can also get some social interaction – have a cup of tea and chat with fellow patients. Our leg clubs are run by volunteers who check people in and serve refreshments.  These clubs are a proven way of reducing social isolation and loneliness and we need volunteers to help run them. Can you help?

Find out more.

Contact if you would like to be involved.

Have your say – Cancer with vague symptoms

The NHS in Dorset wants to improve and standardise the care given to patients who visit their GP with vague symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer.

We are doing this because there are defined pathways for patients who present with specific symptoms indicative of cancer but nothing for vague/non-specific symptoms that could indicate a presence of cancer. Vague symptoms’ might include abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea/ appetite loss or fatigue.

We need your help. We would like to work with patients and carers who have experienced cancer which presented itself in this way.

Find out more.

Picker Institute – developing a survey to measure experience of health and care services in Dorset.

The Picker Institute want your help to develop questions for this survey.  This is the second questionnaire –  If you have already completed the first one or have taken part in a focus group, please do also take part in this second questionnaire.  Thank you to everyone who has been involved so far. Your feedback was used to develop the second questionnaire.

Complete this short questionnaire to help us discover what topics are most important to you when evaluating the quality of care you receive.

Closing date 29 July 2019

Patient Groups (PPGs)

Calling Patient Group Chairs or a group representative

Are you the chair or a member of your GP practice patient group? We want your views on health and care plans for Dorset from the perspective of your local area. We’re inviting one or two representatives to join us at our engagement event on the morning of Thursday 25 July at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester. Travel expenses paid.

Book your place

Getting your members involved in shaping Dorset’s health and care plans

We’ve sent paper copies of our survey and information leaflets addressed to patient groups and practice managers at GP practices across Dorset. If you haven’t received your copies, speak to your practice – it would be great to get as many members as possible involved.

Health Talks at Corfe Castle Club, 70 East St, BH20 5EQ

Corfe Castle patient group have arranged a series of health talks for the local community – all Purbeck residents are welcome, you don’t have to be a patient at the Corfe Practice. No need to book.

7pm 15 August 2019 – Dr Andrew Jordan – Preventing and treating heart attacks.

7pm 31 October 2019 – Dr Tim Hillard – Menopause related problems.

7pm 5 December 2019 – Professor Howard Thomas – Looking after your liver.

You can also find out more abou your GP practice patient group.

Attracting young people to your patient groups:


Our Staywell website has advice and tips on:

  • How to stay well this summer.
  • Our WaitLess app which you can download from the App Store or Google Play. It has live feeds from A&E departments and Urgent Treatment Centres across the county which give you average wait and travel times to each location from where you are.