If you are a GP practice or pharmacy provider of services to improve and protect health, you can find helpful resources on this page. We also post information here about services that are due to go out for tender.

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Useful Contacts

Public Health Dorset queries

Contact: Community Providers team
Email: phcontracts@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Phone: 01305 224400

External organisation queries

Local Medical Committee (LMC), incorporating Wessex LEaD covering Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of White, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Wiltshire and the Channel Islands.
Twitter @Wessex LMC

DBS checks for pharmacy staff

It is a requirement within some Public Health Dorset pharmacy specifications for staff to have an Enhanced Level DBS check in place, together with the appropriate Barred List checks.

Public Health Dorset enhanced DBS checks policy

Dorset County Council DBS Checks:

Pharmacies have the option of using the Dorset County Council DBS check if they choose.

For further information please click on the link below:

Provision of disclosure check service to external agencies HR10 form

The following forms should be completed if processing your DBS check through Dorset County Council:

Employee identity check form – employees and volunteers of contractors and external

DBS application consent form

For help to fill in these forms, or for further information please email: HRDBSteam@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Public Health Dorset procurement information and guidance for 2019

A number of contracts we manage are coming to an end in March 2019 and we need to re-procure them.

These are:

  1. Health checks
  2. Supervised consumption
  3. Needle exchange
  4. Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC)
  5. Long acting reversible contraception (LARC)
  6. Smoking cessation

We are looking at changing how we award the contracts to make the process easier, simpler and fairer.

The new process will be simple for providers to complete and is fair to the whole market. You’ll be able to reapply if you are unsuccessful the first time. Public Health Dorset staff can support you with the application process if you need any help or guidance.

Please note that the price for the contracts has been agreed in advanced and is fixed. The lots will be open to new providers throughout the duration of the contract.

We have been working closely with the LMC and LPC who are supportive of this new approach.

When are the changes happening?

The framework will open (and stay open) in January. The Public Health Dorset team will be on hand to support application queries. For help please email us.

If you don’t meet all the criteria straight away, you can reapply when they do.

Services will start in April 2019.

LiveWell Dorset

Supporting people to make changes to their lifestyle, LiveWell Dorset is available to adults aged 18 and over living in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. It is staffed by specially trained wellness advisors and wellness coaches, who provide information, guidance and support in helping your patients to stop smoking, lose weight, move more and drink less.

LiveWell Dorset advisors and coaches work with your patients to understand what level of support they need by looking at their current behaviour and understanding what they might wish to change. They may deliver a brief intervention – providing your patient with information and simple advice, helping them to set some goals and supporting them to monitor and achieve these over the longer-term.

Links with other health improvement services:

In addition to offering behaviour change support, LiveWell Dorset supports access to a range of Public Health Dorset commissioned pathways and community activities

  • Weight management – provides access to one fully-funded weight loss programme (Healthy Choices) for people with a who meet a certain criteria. LiveWell Dorset is the only access point for Healthy Choices. Weight management coaching and ongoing support through brief interventions is available for people not meeting the Healthy Choices criteria, and to supplement Healthy Choices provision.
  • Smoking – refers into the smoking cessation service delivered in pharmacies which offers Nicotine Replacement Therapies while also providing a range of free additional information, guidance and support
  • Physical activity – identifies and signposts individuals to community activities alongside offering behavioural support for people to become more active. If you are worried about a patient’s ability to exercise safely, they should be in a supported environment with a fully trained exercise instructor
  • Alcohol – deliver brief interventions to help reduce alcohol consumption levels, and can provide eligible people access to appropriate local services if they have more serious problems with alcohol

Referring patients to LiveWell Dorset:

You can refer patients by encouraging them to call LiveWell Dorset on 01305 233105.

LiveWell Dorset business cards to provide to your patients can be ordered by contacting LiveWell Dorset directly.

Service Plan

The draft 2018/19 LiveWell Dorset service plan is available here.