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About The Trust

Who we are and what we do

Located about three miles apart on the south coast, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals are close to the New Forest in the east and the Jurassic coastline in the west. Also part of our organisation is a Sterile Supply Department based at Alderney Hospital in Poole. The hospitals became an NHS foundation trust on 1 April 2005. NHS foundation trusts are not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that were created to devolve decision-making from central government to local organisations and communities. We are still part of the NHS and strive to live up to its values, as set out in the NHS Constitution.

We provide a wide range of hospital and community-based care to a population of 550,000 based in the Dorset, New Forest and south Wiltshire areas. This number rises over the summer months due to the influx of tourists which sees over 1 million visitors to our region annually. For some of our specialist services, we also serve the wider population across the whole of Dorset of 979,000.

Our catchment population is covered by two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs):

  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The Trust is run by a Board of Directors, which is made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. Together, they are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust and the delivery of our objectives and wider strategy. Much of this work is done by the Executive Directors who work closely with the clinical leaders and managers throughout the Trust. The Board also works closely with the Council of Governors.

There are seven Executive Directors, and seven Non–Executive Directors who are accountable to the Council of Governors and Foundation Trust Members.

The Board of Directors has given careful consideration to the range of skills, expertise and experience required for the running of a foundation trust and it confirms that the Board has the necessary balance and the required range of skills, expertise and experience.