The Clinical Services Review (CSR) is being led by the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG is the organisation responsible for commissioning – or planning and securing – health care in Dorset.

“Our vision is simple but effective: we want to change our healthcare system to provide services that meet the needs of local people and deliver better outcomes.”

We launched this in-depth review in October 2014 with the aims of assessing the future health needs of people in Dorset and planning how best to meet them. This included looking at how well our current services work and how they might be reorganised and improved.

During the 12 months that followed, we did a great deal of work on how our acute/larger hospitals might develop and, originally, had hoped to go to public consultation in August 2015. However, extensive stakeholder and professional feedback made it clear that more work needed to be done in a number of areas – in particular around community services, where 90% of services are provided, and joint working between health and care providers.

As a result, since August 2015 we have placed significant focus on community health and care services, as well as continuing to work on the options for acute hospitals.

For more detailed information about the proposed changes please read the Clinical Services Review consultation document, ‘Improving Dorset’s Healthcare’.