Trust Board

Dorset HealthCare's activities are overseen by the Trust Board. The Trust Board works with the Council of Governors to agree the future plans of the organisation.

The Trust Board's key responsibilities are to:

  • Set the strategic direction for the Trust
  • Agree the organisation's annual objectives and ensure they are achieved
  • Ensure effective financial control is in place
  • Ensure high standards of corporate governance are maintained.

The Trust Board comprises a Non-Executive Chair, seven Non-Executive Directors who are not employees of the Trust, and seven Executive Directors including the Chief Executive. The members of the Board share a corporate responsibility for all decisions made by the Board. Our Trust Governance Structure chart illustrates the structure of the Trust Board and Council of Governors.

The Trust Board approves a schedule of matters which include the power to set the vision, strategic aims, objectives and budget for the Trust. Other matters are delegated to Board Committees, which operate within defined terms of reference.


Meetings of the Trust Board

Meetings of the Trust Board are held in public and anyone is welcome to attend. Meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of every other month – see the calendar of events for details on forthcoming meetings.

Find out how to submit questions or petitions to the meetings.

You can download agendas and papers for Trust Board meetings below. If you would like to read the minutes of a particular Board meeting, these can be found in the papers for the following month's meeting.


COVID-19 update

In order to comply with government guidelines, all board meetings will be held as virtual meetings for the foreseeable future.  Members of the public are welcome to join remotely via video or telephone conferencing.  If you would like to dial into the meeting, please contact the corporate office to request details by emailing

You will be unable to join the meeting once it has started. Meetings commence at 1pm on the first Wednesday of every other month.


2 February

6 April

1 June

3 August

5 October

7 December

If you have any further enquiries please contact the corporate office by emailing

Board Self-Certifications 2021

NHS foundation trusts are required to self-certify whether or not they have complied with the conditions of the NHS provider licence (which itself includes requirements to comply with the National Health Service Act 2006, the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the Health Act 2009, and the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and have regard to the NHS Constitution), have the required resources available if providing commissioner requested services, and have complied with other governance requirements.

The aim of self-certification is for providers to carry out assurance that they are in compliance with the conditions.

The Trust Board, on 19 May 2021, certified that it was compliant with the statements

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