One Health 

One Health is a globally understood concept which describes the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health.

One Health

Dorset is placed to become an leader in how the concept of One Health can be used to benefit human, animal and environmental challenges in a more integrated way to address significant global challenges for the future such as healthcare, food security or environmental protection.

Challenges in One Health sectors require interdisciplinary work of industry, academia and government agencies. Dorset LEP supports industries such as the health services, agriculture and aquaculture to benefit local business, human health, animal welfare and environment concerns.

Dorset Living Better Investment Prospectus which outlines four key themes of investment for the future of Dorset (Living, Wellbeing, Natural and Smart) all relate to the One Health ambition for a prosperous and healthy population living and working well in a green and innovative county.

One Health Challenges

One Health Conference

The annual national One Health Conference, hosted by Dorset LEP, is a chance to showcase new innovations in One Health sectors and bring together government, academics and businesses to facilitate action.

One Health 2019

In September 2019, Dorset LEP hosted the One Health Conference at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. The event both provided the launch focus for the One Health Accelerator. Delegates explored One Health problems such as food safety, supply and security, pollinators versus pests and antimicrobial resistance.

One Health Aquaculture Expo 2020 

OH20: Aquaculture Expo - Commercial Solutions to Global Problems was again held at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, on 4 March 2020. Delegates included businesses, buyers, investors, government support agencies and universities.

We designed the event to encourage businesses and investors to capitalise on Dorset’s position as a great place to run and grow an aquaculture business while addressing One Health problems such as food supply and environmental protection. Attended by over 90 delegates our event received fantastic feedback - #AquaExpo20 successfully showcased Dorset aquaculture.

One Health Conference 2021

In March 2021, Dorset LEP hosted the third One Health Conference virtually.

During the event, Dorset LEP announced the ambition of the One Health Nucleus. This is to be a knowledge exchange and support network for one health innovators, supporting start-ups to large companies to establish, stabilise and grow. These companies will be carbon-neutral or carbon-reducing, contributing to the fight against climate change.

As a platform to discuss this ambition, Dorset LEP formally announced the One Health Sandpit Event, taking place on Wednesday 12 May 2021, 1pm to 4pm. This event will be a platform for key UK Government agencies and departments to talk about big ideas in ‘green’ innovation.

Find out more and sign up to the One Health Sandpit Event

One Health Accelerator: Commercial Solutions to Global Problems

Dorset is acting as the nucleus of a One Health Accelerator, providing the resources needed to facilitate and operationalise accelerator activity for local, regional, national and international projects whilst also ensuring there is a benefit to Dorset businesses and/or anchor institutions.

Part of Dorset LEP's business growth hub, Dorset Gateway, One Health Accelerator provides local sector players with funding and planning support to stimulate local projects.

The One Health Accelerator aims to generate up to £25 million in One Health related funding opportunities by 2026 and £100 million by 2038, all with clear benefit to Dorset and Great South West/national businesses and anchor institutions. The objective is to attract and cluster One Health businesses in Dorset, encouraging growth and cross-sector working.

One Health Accelerator enquires should be emailed to

One Health Accelerator