Newly qualified nurse recruitment event


Qualifying in 2022 as a registered adult or mental health nurse?

Join our free virtual recruitment information session
Thursday 7 April 5-7pm

Starting your first nursing role is a hugely exciting time – and we understand you’ll want to find the right role, ward and, ultimately, the right ‘fit’ for you where you can develop and make an impact each day. At Dorset HealthCare we share your passion for nursing and your desire to give patients the very best possible care. And we care about giving you a career – not just a job.

This free virtual event will give you the chance to meet key nursing leads across our Trust, find out more about each ward, hear how our preceptorship programme can benefit you, and network with other delegates.

All you need is an internet connection and a device and you can join us from wherever you are. So why not come along and see what we have to offer? We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Please note that this particular event and associated vacancies are not suitable for Overseas Registered Nurses required to take the OSCE exam. But if you are an internationally educated nurse who is interested in our recruitment opportunities we'd love to hear from you at

Grab a virtual ticket now!

Why attend?

Meet our ward managers, interact with them online on the day and ask any follow up questions afterwards via email or phone

Learn more about our nursing departments, with the second half being split into adult nursing and mental health nursing specific talks

Help with your decision making by finding out which location and community hospital could be the one for you

Hear about our training, career development and preceptorship programme and how your career can skyrocket in our Trust

Find out what life at Dorset and Dorset HealthCare looks like

Discover the full range of our staff benefits (Hint: one benefit includes access to a beach hut along the famous Sandbanks! Plus, if you are thinking of relocating to Dorset, you can find out more about our £10,000 relocation package or up to £500 towards rent for the first three months).

First dibs applying to our adult nursing and mental health nursing vacancies, which we will email directly to you afterwards

Participate in live Q&A opportunities with the speakers 

Who will be speaking?

Introduction to the Trust - Cara Southgate, Deputy Director of Nursing, Therapies & Quality, Infection Prevention & Control, Caldicott Guardian

Preceptorship programme - Loretta Allen, Practice Educator

Leadership and personal development - Paul Walshe, Leadership and Personal Development Lead 

Progression routes - Benjamin Sillence, Registered Adult Nurse

Mental health nursing - Julie Trent, Matron for E&W Acute Mental Health Wards & Therapies

Adult nursing - Helen Persey, Head of Community Services (West), and Jennie Slaney, Clinical Development Lead for District Nursing

Where does your journey working with us begin?


There are two areas in the Trust where you can start your preceptorship (and long term employment) - adult nursing and mental health nursing. Read more about each fantastic service area below to find out more.


Adult nursing

At Dorset HealthCare we provide nursing care and treatment for people with complex, long-term conditions in our community hospitals and patients own homes.

Our adult nurses can work in community hospitals across Dorset, which we like to refer to as 'cottage hospitals' because of how personal and local the care is - and some are even set in old cottage buildings! You can read about all our community hospitals here.

Then, our community adult nursing teams support house-bound residents with a wide range of physical health needs, from wound management and diabetes to kidney failure and heart or lung conditions. The aim is to support patients to manage their health confidently and independently at home. 

In both roles you'd work closely with GPs, hospital staff, consultant specialists and social care workers to identify a person’s individual care needs and co-ordinate the different services they receive.

Interested? Apply for our newly-qualified adult nursing vacancy.

Mental health nursing

It is estimated that one in four people will experience mental health problems. At Dorset HealthCare we provide a range of services to help people through their illness and towards recovery - empowering patients to lead a fulfilling life.

We provide care and treatment for conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders; conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome and dementia; drug or alcohol dependency, and problems relating to pregnancy and childbirth. We offer specific help for children and young people, as well as people with learning disabilities.

As much as possible, we deliver treatment and support in people's own homes and other community settings. We also have high-quality inpatient facilities for people who are severely ill and require intensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

You could have the opportunity to work in The Retreat, child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), adult community mental health team (CMHT), eating disorders team, forensic mental health team, and many more.

Interested? Apply to our newly-qualified mental health nursing vacancy.

Ready to apply now?

Apply online via the buttons below either before or after attending the virtual event - it's up to you!

Apply to our newly qualified adult nursing vacancy Apply to our newly qualified mental health nursing vacancy

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Staff rated us 9.4 out of 10 for our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

95% of patients indicated their experience had been good or very good


89% of staff feel that their job makes a difference


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