Dorset County Hospital launches winter recruitment drive

Dorset County Hospital launches winter recruitment drive

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:10am 11th October 2019. (Updated at 1:45pm 14th October 2019)

DCH is looking for more registered nurses and healthcare assistants.

During the winter demands on the NHS rise considerably.

Dorset County Hospital want to make sure they have enough staff on hand to deal what's called the 'official winters pressure period.'

They also want to recruit local people.

Dorset County Hospital Entrance

Melane Nutt is the hospital's temporary staffing manager.

She said:

"Having safe staffing levels on our wards is really important to make sure all our patients are looked after in the correct manner.

"So we're looking for staff that have the drive and passions to look after patients.

They don't necessarily have to have a huge amount of experience because we'll support them.

"We want to recruit local people 1) to support the local community and employing people; and obviously having our own staff that work for the trust there's more continuity of care on our wards, rather than having different staff covering those shifts."

They're not just looking for full-time staff either.

Nurses and Healthcare assistants at Dorset County Hospital.
Nurses and Healthcare assistants at Dorset County Hospital.

Their flexible nursing team lets nurses work fixed hours with a salary, when they want to work. 

If you're interested in starting a career as a nurse or healthcare assistant with DCH, get in touch with the recruitment team on 01305 254655 or

'What are Winter Pressures?'

During the winter, demand on hospitals increases.

Last year Dr Simon Watkins, a local GP said: 

"As a healthcare system we never stop planning for winter because we know we are going to face increased attendances to all of our NHS establishments, for example through increased respiratory illnesses, or people having trips and falls due to the bad weather."

This year, it's been said that the NHS never really came out of it's winter pressures period.

'What can I do to help ease the pressure?' 

1: Make sure to get a flu jab
The flu virus strikes in the winter and it can lead to serious complications like bronchitis or pneumonia. The jab is free if you're over 65 or if you've got a long-term health condition.

2: Visit your local pharmacist instead
Did you know you can visit your pharmacist when you start to feel ill? The CCG say it's a quick way to get seen by a professional.

3: Make the best use of your local services
Primary Care appointments in Dorset are available from 8am until 8pm. You can book an appointment at your local practice or by dialing 111.

4: Call 999 in an emergency
For more information on how to stay well during the winter months visit