The Primary Care Workforce Centre was established in April 2016 as a collaboration between NHS Health Education England Wessex, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Bournemouth University.

The Dorset Primary Care Workforce Centre will commission, provide, facilitate and support education, training, research and workforce development across the entire primary care workforce in Dorset. Building on the existing arrangements, infrastructure and relationships which are already in place the centre has been established on the following principles:

  • It will create and provide new opportunities for people working in primary care and coming into primary care to shape, inform and influence the career opportunities and environment that they would like to work in.
  • At a local level it will work with the 13 localities and the 98 GP Practices within Dorset to gain insight and intelligence to inform, review and evaluate its annual delivery plan;
  • It will collaborate with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Bournemouth University and other identified stakeholders in supporting service redesign, education and training of the workforce across primary care, aligned to the emerging 5 year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in Dorset and associated programmes;
  • It will have robust service agreements in place underpinned by clear governance with clear decision-making structures, fully accountable for the funding it receives and spends;
  • It will build on the solid infrastructure and networks already in place across Dorset providing a clear framework to work together to maximise resources, outcomes and return on investment;