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Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board


Joined Up Care Derbyshire is offering different routes into employment. See a wide range of roles you could undertake here.

Further Details:

Joined up care Derbyshire

Chesterfield Royal Hospital – an acute Trust providing healthcare and community services for more than 400,000 people across Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Community Health Services – A community NHS Trust caring for patients across a wide range of services, increasingly delivering care in patients’ own homes as well as 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres across Derbyshire.  They employ approximately 4,300 staff, making them one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, serving a patient population of more than one million.

Derbyshire Healthcare – A provider of NHS mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse (drug and alcohol) services in Derby city and Derbyshire county. They also provide a wide range of children’s services. They employ more than 2,800 staff providing services from a number of community bases across the whole of Derbyshire. Across the county and the city, they serve a combined population of approximately one million people.

University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) – a large acute Trust providing hospital services across Royal Derby Hospital, Queen’s Hospital Burton, Florence Nightingale Community Hospital, Samuel Johnson Community Hospital & Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.  UHDB are our largest NHS employer with over 12,000 staff.

Derby City Council
– Providing social care services for adults and children living in Derby City.  There are many different types of roles available supporting people in the community, with opportunities for development and career progression.

Derbyshire County Council – Providing social care services for adults and children in the county of Derbyshire.  Our 1,500 care workers are helping keep people safe in their own homes, residential homes, specialist care centres and extra care housing schemes. There’s a variety of roles to choose from including care workers in the community, in residential homes and in day centres.

DHU Healthcare – A ‘not for profit’ community interest company providing a diverse range of services including urgent and emergency care, primary care, out of hours services and NHS111.  Operating 365 days a year, 24 hours a day they cover a population of almost ten million people across the East Midlands and beyond.

East Midlands Ambulance Service – East Midlands Ambulance Service provides emergency 999 care and telephone clinical assessment services for a population of 4.8 million people. They employ over 4000 people and cover the areas of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire (including North and North-East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Full Details

Joined Up Care Derbyshire is the body responsible for coordinating health and social care across Derby and Derbyshire bringing together NHS bodies, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations to deliver care to the whole community.

We are committed to supporting young care leavers to understand the service and the opportunities and pathways available to gain sustainable employment in the Health and Social Care Sector.

To demonstrate our commitment, we have developed the following four stage process which starts with our Joined Up Careers Team delivering awareness raising and employability sessions and our partner organisations supporting with work experience and guaranteed interviews for job opportunities subject to eligibility criteria being met.

The table below illustrates this process:

Stage 1 An introduction to Joined Up Care Derbyshire, an opportunity to meet the team and to develop an understanding of the opportunities and pathways into health and social care.

•       1:1 session, or a small group

•       This will take into account individual needs/what they would like to get out of the programme


Stage 2 The opportunity to attend employability skills workshops, including application writing and interview skills.

·       1 hour long bitesize sessions


Stage 3 Virtual and traditional work experience opportunities & Mentoring

•       Personal mentorship from a member of the team or Workforce Champion

•       1:1 Discussions with mentor

•       Insight opportunities, e.g. 1:1 Discussion with a Workforce Champion, or chat and tour of the department

•       Shadowing for a day (where possible)


Stage 4 Guaranteed Interviews

All partner organisations will offer guaranteed interviews where applicants meet the minimum essential criteria


What type of roles could you do?

Care Worker/Support Worker – this could be in a variety of settings for example in a care home, at someone’s home or in the community.  Supporting people with their social and physical activities such as eating and drinking, attending appointments, shopping, washing and dressing.

Healthcare Support Worker/Healthcare Assistant – you could work in many different areas; hospitals, GP practices, people’s own homes or the community.  You could support registered professionals to look after different patient groups of any age, including those receiving acute care, with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, in therapy or maternity services.

Phlebotomist – Phlebotomists take blood samples from patients which are examined in a laboratory and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions. Patients may be nervous about having their blood taken, so you have to reassure them and put them at ease. Phlebotomists may work in hospitals, clinics or health centres. You may visit patients at home or in residential or care homes.

Administration – Administration Assistant, Receptionist, Health Records staff are just a few of the roles you might do, in many different departments.  Duties could include filing, inputting data, answering the telephone, collecting and storing files and greeting patients.

Porter – Porters ensure crucial items and goods are delivered where they are needed most, and they ensure patients are in the right place at the right time.  You could be moving patients on trolleys, stores and equipment, blood samples, linen, post/parcels, waste, gas cylinders, trolleys of food and drink.

Catering Assistant – Duties could include serving food and beverages to patients, service users and staff, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene standards, assisting with menus and preparing cold service foods.  You are likely to have contact with patients or service users on a regular basis, possibly assisting them or explaining ingredients.

Next Steps

Interested? Get in touch:

To find out more about the work of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, please contact; Bryony Greenhalgh, Project Officer, Joined Up Careers Derbyshire on either emails at:

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