Get Involved

Interested in the medicines side of the NHS?

Prescribed medicines are one of the most common ways in which diseases are treated or prevented in the NHS. In Dorset we spend over £200 million on medicines. In order to ensure that they are used safely, effectively and are value for money, we constantly review the way medicines are used.

We are looking for a patient and public representative to provide impartial and non-clinical input to our medicines decision making across our Integrated Care System. You would need to be able to attend meetings in various locations in the county, each of which would last 1-3 hours. We will reimburse all travel and out or pocket expenses.

To find out more contact:

Closing date – 18 September. 

Patient feedback survey design

Help us develop a patient feedback survey, take part in at telephone interview and you could win a £20 voucher.

Sleep apnoea – have you used our services?

Tell us your experiences and help us improve our sleep apnoea service by completing our online survey.

Closing date – 30 September. 

Coming soon – your mind your say. Making mental health services better for young people

We’ll be seeking the views of anyone with experience of these services in our next issue. Watch this space.

Patient groups

Find out more about NHS England training and grants opportunities:

News and events

Ideal Health Exhibition, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am – 12:30pm

Meet a wide range of health and care professionals and find out how you can help manage your own health conditions. Exhibitors will share information on common health and social issues like bereavement, carers, diabetes, dementia, hearing loss, home safety, mental health, scams and fraud and social isolation, there will be around forty stalls from Age Concern, Citizens Advice, Healthwatch, Help & Care, LiveWell Dorset, Read East, RVS, Sturminster Library, Walking for Health, U3A and many, many more. Practice nurses will also be offering mini health MOTs. More information.

Poole Hospital Open Day – Saturday 14 September, 10am – 2pm

New state of the art practice opens in Poole

Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre opened this week – the new home for patients and staff who have previously been registered with or worked at Carlisle House Surgery in Poole.

World Patient Safety Day 2019

Local partners will be supporting World Patient Safety Day 2019 – look out for our social media and please share our posts if possible.

Current campaigns – Organ Donation Week, Join Me, and Change for Life

Organ Donation Week – aims to shine a light on the generosity of donors and the incredible impact they have on transplant recipients, and is an opportunity to educate, inform and inspire people to help save and improve lives. The law around organ donation is changing in spring 2020 and this campaign aims to encourage families to talk about their organ donation decision with the message ‘pass it on’.

Join Me – fitting regular exercise into everyday life can feel like a huge challenge, but it doesn’t have to be with Dorset’s #JoinMe campaign. Any activity is better than doing nothing – whether that’s taking the stairs more, cycling to work or trying a new exercise class. There are plenty of activities you can get involved in locally and many of them are free.

Change 4 Life – help your child cut back on sugar by making a school-day swap. When it comes to cutting down on sugar, even just one or two swaps can really make a difference to how much sugar your child is eating – and when they go back to school is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start and to introduce some simple swaps into the school day.