Your doorway to an exciting future, working in primary care and living in Dorset.

Often the first point of contact for the public accessing health services, primary care is at the heart of health supporting an individual’s physical, psychological and social care needs. The population of Dorset is served by NHS health services that includes 86 GP practices. Practices vary significantly in size, from single-handed GP practices to practices with 12 GPs working from one site. The number of people registered per GP also varies widely from practice to practice, ranging from under 1,000 to over 4,000 people registered to one GP (who works full time).

Dorset is served by nearly 100 GP practices employing over 850 GPs, as well as other primary care services such as dentistry, pharmacies and opticians.

You may be a GP, practice nurse, practice manager, or interested in working in a Dorset GP surgery – whatever your passion we will support you to develop to the best of your ability. If you are a GP, Dorset offers partner, salaried and portfolio roles. As a nurse, Dorset offers practice and practitioner roles. There is also a multitude of other roles available from business and administration through to pharmaceutical and therapy based positions. The variety practices offer in Dorset is vast, from a rural, local community through to an area of high deprivation and poverty. The opportunity to make a difference to healthcare locally is great.


Paramedics have a highly responsible role, often being the senior ambulance service healthcare professional in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. You will be one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at the scene.

As well as contact with your patients, you will also deal with their relatives and friends and members of the public, some of whom might be highly distressed or aggressive. You will also often work alongside the police and fire and rescue services.

Based at a local ambulance station, you will work shifts, including evenings and weekends, going out in all weathers at all hours of the night or day. You will work closely with other healthcare teams in the community, such as:

  • GPs
  • Occupational therapists
  • Mental health teams
  • Diabetes specialists
  • Doctors and nurses in hospital emergency departments