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Making Every Moment Count with Team Arthur

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, to make every moment count.

Our colleagues are experts in their field.  Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is vibrant, welcoming and uplifting – those who work with us make a difference every day. We have around 250 staff, 550 active volunteers and thousands of supporters, known collectively and fondly as ‘Team Arthur’.

We care for around 4,000 patients each year at our Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by our Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, we offer patient and family support (including counselling, bereavement and spiritual support); lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team.

We run a Caring Communities initiative to help reduce isolation and the Palliative Care Hub, which is a phone line operated via the 111 service for anyone who needs specialist palliative care advice or support.  We are passionate about sharing our specialist knowledge and continuing to raise the standard of palliative and end-of-life care across the region.

Here is a short video from the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s CEO, Sharon Allen, talking about what it is like to work there.


Visit the Arthur Rank Hospice Charities vacancies page by clicking here. You will find staff stories, videos and the benefits of working for ARHC

To keep up to date with the ARHC, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. This includes providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

Social care workers could be supporting someone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions. They could be working in a care home, in the local community or from someone’s home.

There are many different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you would like to work.

More about careers in Social Care

Types of place you could work

Working in Social Care - Myth busting

  • It's all about working with old people

    Myth – You can work with:

    • Older people
    • People with a physical disability
    • People with a learning disability
    • People with mental health needs
    • People with a sensory impairment
    • People with drug and alcohol dependencies

  • It’s just a job where you do personal care and feed people

    Myth – Not all jobs involve personal care.

    Job roles include: care coordinator, chef, day service worker, repairs & maintenance, domestic assistant, activities co-ordinator, HR/training, administrator, and catering assistant.

  • You need lots of experience

    Myth – A job in adult social care is for anyone.

    • You do not need any experience to get a job in care.
    • Social care employers are much more interested in you, your character and personality. It is much easier to teach someone how to do the job than to teach them how to be a caring person.
    • Being polite, kind and helpful to people will make you a natural candidate to work in social care.
    • Often transferable skills such as those gained during volunteering or jobs that you have done, or if you have been involved in groups or have helped family or friends will be useful in a care role.

  • Working in care is just a dead end job

    Myth – Formal qualifications may not be needed to start working in adult social care; however, there will be plenty of learning and development opportunities on offer as you progress through your career.

Is social care for you?

You don’t necessarily need qualifications or experience to work in social care. What’s really important is your values and attitude. Take our short quiz and see if social care is the right career for you:


For more information, visit Think Care Careers on the Skills for Care website:

There’s never been a better time to choose a career as a GP.

Smarter collaboration, flexible ways of working and a digital-first approach bring community care, the voluntary sector, social care and other parts of local government, including public health, together to deliver sustainable workloads with the right support.

There’s greater understanding of the ways you want to work and the support you need to achieve your individual aspirations. We will be offering fellowships for newly qualifying GPs and a nationwide network of Training Hubs are supporting personal development and career-long learning.

New career opportunities will emerge as people come together to work as part of more vibrant, diverse local teams of experts in physiotherapy, pharmacy, nursing, mental health, social prescribing and geriatrics, in a range of settings.

NHS Digital figures show 300 more GPs and thousands more other healthcare professionals are choosing employment in primary care than 3 years ago. Funding is now in place to recruit even more healthcare professionals, enabling the formation of more dynamic, responsive, multi-skilled teams, each able to contribute to improved approaches to patient care using their own unique skills and influence.

Careers in General Practice

  • Allied Health Professionals

    Dieticians: Dietitians are healthcare professionals that diagnose and treat diet and nutritional problems, both at an individual patient and wider public health level. Working in a variety of settings with patients of all ages, dietitians support changes to food intake to address diabetes, food allergies, coeliac disease, and metabolic diseases. Dietitians also translate public health and scientific research on food, health, and disease into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

    • Requirements: To practice, dietitians must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, completion of an approved degree in dietetics is required This is usually a BSc (Hons) degree, although there are shortened postgraduate programmes available. A degree apprenticeship standard in dietetics has also been approved.

    Occupational Therapist: Occupational Therapists (OTs) support people of all ages with problems resulting from physical, mental, social, or developmental difficulties. OTs provide interventions that help people find ways to continue with everyday activities that are important to them. This could involve learning new ways to do things or making changes to their environment to make things easier. As patients’ needs are so varied, OTs help GPs to support patients who are frail, with complex needs, live with chronic physical or mental health conditions, manage anxiety or depression, require advice to return or remain in work and need rehabilitation so they can continue with previous occupations (activities of daily living).

    • Requirements: A BSc degree in occupational therapy is required to work as an occupational therapist in any setting.

    First Contact Physiotherapist: First Contact Physios will develop integrated and tailored care programmes in partnership with patients and support patients to develop self-management skills and confidence to manage their condition. First Contact Physios can play a crucial role in creating stronger links with wider MSK services through clinical leadership, teaching and evaluation skills. They are expected to keep up to date and engage with national initiatives and lead this locally working with secondary care counterparts.

    • Requirements: physiotherapy degree (BSc) is required to work as a physiotherapist in any setting.
    • For band 7 roles HEE Primary care FCP capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity.
    • HEE primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years post graduate

  • Clinical Support Staff

    Health and Wellbeing Coach

    Health and wellbeing coaches (HWBCs) will predominately use health coaching skills to support people with lower levels of patient activation to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health and wellbeing goals. They may also provide access to self-management education, peer support and social prescribing.

    Example tasks that role is trained to deliver:

    • Offers 1:1 or group sessions with patients health and wellbeing support needs
    • Research and audit
    • Diet and lifestyle advice
    • Health promotion

    Social Prescribing Link Worker

    Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

    Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

  • General Practitioners

    Being a GP is a job embedded in the local community, with patients, within a team of primary care and community staff.

    They see patients with an enormous range of complaints – physical, emotional and social. They diagnose, treat and refer patients for specialist care. By listening, questioning, examining and investigating they look after individuals, families and communities from ‘cradle to grave’.

    General Practitioners work with local public health teams, schools, statutory and voluntary bodies to keep patients healthy, and identify and treat disease.

    Requirements: GP training is a 3 year speciality training scheme after the initial 2 foundation years training undertaken by all newly qualified medical students. It is usually a combination of time working in hospital and in an accredited training practice under the supervision and support of a GP trainer.

  • Medical Associate Professionals

    Physician Associate

    Work to complement GPs and the practice team. They are dependent practitioners who remain under the supervision of a named GP, to add extra capacity and flexibility. Like all clinicians, they are committed to on-going learning and development.

    Physician Associates (PAs) must pass an intensive 2-year university course at diploma or masters level, followed by National exams. Currently the PA course is a post graduate course and only a few undergraduate courses. It is recommended all individuals have completed a 3-year biomedical or healthcare related degree.

    What do physician associates do?

    • Take medical histories from patients
    • Carry out physical examinations
    • See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
    • See patients with long-term chronic conditions
    • Formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
    • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
    • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
    • Request and interpret diagnostic studies
    • Provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients


    Physician Associate

    Work to complement GPs and the practice team. They are dependent practitioners who remain under the supervision of a named GP, to add extra capacity and flexibility. Like all clinicians, they are committed to on-going learning and development.

    Physician Associates (PAs) must pass an intensive 2-year university course at diploma or masters level, followed by National exams. Currently the PA course is a post graduate course and only a few undergraduate courses. It is recommended all individuals have completed a 3-year biomedical or healthcare related degree.

    What do physician associates do?

    • Take medical histories from patients
    • Carry out physical examinations
    • See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
    • See patients with long-term chronic conditions
    • Formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
    • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
    • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
    • Request and interpret diagnostic studies
    • Provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients

  • Nursing

    Routes into Nursing:

    Nursing Associates

    Nursing Associate role is to work alongside other healthcare professionals such as registered nurses and healthcare support workers.  The two year course includes a range of clinical settings to gain experience and one day a week academic learning. Nursing associates are employed by a specific healthcare setting during their training. To become a nursing associate you’ll need GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or key skills level 2 in maths and English.

    Nursing Degree Apprenticeships

    Nursing degree apprenticeships offer an alternative route into nursing rather than full-time university study. You will still take the same academic study as those at university and still be accountable by NMC standards but can be more flexible and on average takes four years to complete the course.  You will need to secure a position as a nursing degree apprentice and your employer will need to release you to study. As this is degree level you will need similar qualifications as those doing full time nursing degree.

  • Pharmacy


    Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to improve value and outcomes from medicines and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medicines and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.

    Having clinical pharmacists in GP practices means that GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions. This helps GPs to manage the demands on their time.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

    • Completion of an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
      Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a pharmacist, demonstrated within a practice portfolio.
    • Have experience and an awareness of common acute and long-term conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice
    • May hold or be working towards an independent prescribing qualification.
    • Recognises priorities when problem-solving and identifies deviations from normal pattern and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
    • Able to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and codes of conduct Involves patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence as per NICE guidelines.

    Pharmacy Technician

    Pharmacy technicians play an important role within general practice and complement the more clinical work of clinical pharmacist, through utilisation of their technical skillset. Their deployment within primary care settings allows the application of their acquired pharmaceutical knowledge in tasks such as audits, discharge management, prescription issuing, and where appropriate, informing patients and other members of the Primary Care Network (PCN) workforce. Work is often under the direction of clinical pharmacists, and this benefit is realised through the creation of a PCN pharmacy team.


    • Pharmacy Technicians need to be registered with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

  • Practice Management

    Practice Manager Requirements

    You can become a Practice Manager from a range of different backgrounds. You don’t necessarily need to be a qualified healthcare professional.

    Qualifications and experience required will vary, but employers may look for a management qualification and experience of working in the NHS/general practice can be an advantage. Most often, you would be an accomplished manager with experience of leading and managing a team.

    Skills and attributes required by employers often include;

    • Leadership and motivational skills
    • The ability to manage a changing environment
    • Good communication skills
    • Organisational skills
    • Confidence with information technology

Useful links for more information

For further information on these roles visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub or Health Careers websites.

To find vacancies in primary care visit the NHS Jobs and Cambridgeshire LMC websites.

To keep up to date with the Training Hub, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Learner Charter

The Learner Charter is designed to guide and support all learners to gain the most from their training experience by clearly articulating the expectations from the perspective of all those involved.  It has been co-designed and is supported by all partners across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.


Benefits of the Charter

  • Understand your role as a learner
  • Understand the expectations of your role whilst on placement
  • Develop awareness of how your role on placement impacts on those around you
  • Equip you with the values and behaviours to flourish

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What are functional skills?

Functional Skills are the fundamental ENGLISH, MATHS and ICT skills that you need for your working and personal lives. Many roles in health and care, especially apprenticeships as they require GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications. If you do not have these qualifications, you can complete functional skills courses in literacy and numeracy.

Why are functional skills important?

Functional skills provide vital knowledge people need to learn, work and contribute to society more effectively.


National resources

You can undertake courses at local colleges and through organisations. There are also free online learning resources to help you in developing your functional skills. They are available through:

On these pages, you can find online resources, which provides health-specific information on developing your functional skills.

National Numeracy is a charity that aims to improve numeracy skills by challenging negative attitudes about maths and creating tools to support adults to gain confidence to learn and practice the use of numeracy in day-to-day life. The website is free to use and has online materials to enable adults to build their numeracy skills over time at their own pace.

National Numeracy has also worked in partnership with Health Education England to support people across the NHS workforce to gain confidence through developing skills. To sign up and read more about National Numeracy’s work with Health Education England.

The Prince’s Trust offers the opportunity for young people to be paired with a mentor to help them progress into a career within Health and Care, as well as the opportunity for those already established in their careers, to become a volunteer mentor and take part in the rewarding programme to help support young people.


Have you considered getting a mentor?

With a mentor you get:

  • 1:1 support from a volunteer mentor for up to 6 months
  • Help with goal setting and next steps
  • Support to get you into the health and social care sector
  • Access to apply for a small grant to overcome a financial barrier when you secure a job (e.g. first month of travel, uniform, fees)

Could you become a mentor?

The Prince’s Trust aims to support 10,000 young people (aged 16 to 30) into employment within the Health & Social Care sector, and we are now looking to appoint volunteer mentors across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System to help us achieve this. Becoming a mentor is a great way to not only advance your own skills, but its extremely rewarding to know you’ve been instrumental in supporting a young person in their health and care career journey. Help inspire a new generation of young people today and become a mentor

The Health and Care Sector Work Academy is a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority project supporting residents to gain a career in health and care or for those already employed in the sector, to develop skills to progress to the next level. With almost 14,000 vacancies in a wide variety of roles within Health and Care in our area, a career in the sector is within reach.

  • Gain a FREE Level 1 qualification delivered where you are
  • Gain an understanding of the Care Certificate standards
  • Get a dedicated Mentor to help you into employment or other progression opportunities
  • Delivery options are flexible and suited to your needs


  • Must be on a government benefit scheme
  • Must work under 16 hours
  • No longer in education

The Offer

  • FREE training to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents gain skills, knowledge and qualifications to start a career
  • Apprenticeships ranging from entry-level through to management to enhance careers
  • Courses delivered either online or face-to-face depending on learners needs
  • Subsidies for travel assistance or for childcare and carers
  • FREE initial assessment to help potential candidates to decide if the Academy is right for them
  • FREE mentoring to help learners start or progress in their career
  • Engagement with local health and care employers to ensure each course meets local needs and provide an opportunity to meet learners
  • FREE mini Training Needs Analysis for each sector-based employer in the area
  • FREE job matching support as well as employability training and CV workshops

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Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for you in the NHS. You could work directly with patients, in hospitals, an ambulance trust, or in the community.

Once you are part of the NHS team, we’ll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

More about careers in Healthcare

Social Care

Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence and providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

Roles could include supporting someone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions. You could be working in a care home.

More about careers in Social Care

Primary Care

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the health care system, and include general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry services.

Services are delivered in a wide range of settings – including in people’s own homes as well as in community clinics.

More about careers in Primary Care

Ambulance Service

The East of England Ambulance Service provide 24 hour, 365 days a year accident and emergency services to those in need of emergency medical treatment and transport in – Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

They also provide non-emergency patient transport services for patients needing non-emergency transport to and from hospital, treatment centres and other similar facilities and who can’t travel unaided because of their medical condition or frailty.

Resources and teams include:

  • more than 4,000 staff and more than 800 volunteers
  • three ambulance operations centres (AOCs) located in Bedford, Chelmsford and Norwich
  • 387 front line ambulances
  • 178 rapid response vehicles
  • 175 non-emergency ambulances (PTS and HCRTs vehicles)
  • 46 HART/major incident/resilience vehicles
  • more than 120 sites

More about careers in the Ambulance Service

What is International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence.

Nursing Today

Today nurses deal with patients on an individual basis and hence, get a special insight into their specific needs. They serve as the link between doctors and patients. Nurses carry out the care plan with medication and treatment administration, keeping a close eye on each patient.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses across the world worked tirelessly to prevent deaths, much like Nightingale. In India, nurses and other frontline workers were hailed as “COVID warriors” due to their service in the most testing times. However, the pandemic also highlighted the global shortage of nurses.

According to the International Council of Nurses, the shortage of nurses is a serious threat to public health and must be addressed at the earliest. The body also advocates the rights, safety and wellbeing of nurses

How to Become a Nurse

Did you know nursing is the UK’s most employable type of degree, with 94% of students getting a job within six months of finishing their course?

If you’re eligible you can also receive at least £5,000 in financial support every year of your degree.

Most people qualify by studying a degree in nursing. Nursing degrees aren’t all about having your nose in a book. There is lots of practical hands on experience with patients in hospital and community settings.

The first thing to decide is which field of nursing you want to study in, so use the links below to find more about them. In all of these fields you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people each and every day. The four fields of nursing are:

There are some degree courses that allow you to study in two of the fields. These are known as ‘dual field’ degrees. Once you have qualified you’ll be able to work as a nurse anywhere in the UK and even internationally.

For further information on how to start your journey to become a nurse visit Health Careers

Hear it from our Nurses

Here are the stories of two of our Nursing staff talking about their background, the journey into their current role, and advice for those thinking of a career in Nursing.

Jorge Vega Ruiz – Charge nurse

My background is in adult nursing, I completed my degree in Spain back in 2016 and then started to work as an A&E nurse temporarily right after graduating.

I fell in love with my “soon to be wife” in 2018 so I decided to move to the UK permanently to start our life together and also to fulfil my dream of working as a staff nurse in a Haematology ward and build my nursing career within this speciality.

I have always been passionate about Haematology care as I find this area of work very fulfilling and rewarding. I carry so many experiences and positive patient feedback on my back since I started my career and my aim is to keep working to make the difference for the patients I look after. My first steps as a staff nurse within Haematology were in C10 ward at CUH (Cambridge University Hospitals), where I gained new skills and learned so much thanks to my supportive manager and the lovely colleagues I had through those years.

After a few years as a staff nurse I had to move to London temporarily to continue working within my speciality as a junior sister, and still, today I can say that thanks to this experience I was able to learn more about management and leadership, innovative Car T cell and bone marrow transplant treatments used in the specialised ward I was working at that moment while I gained valuable experience with various patients and colleagues from different backgrounds.

After this short period of time outside of Cambridge, I decided to apply for a job at CUH again this year, as I missed the Trust and my colleagues greatly, and this time, I came back as a senior nurse in the role I have nowadays. In January 2022 I re-joined CUH as a Senior Sister in L5 Haematology ward, and I couldn’t be more proud of our achievements at the ward since then.

Nova Quian – Matron

I came to UK on winter of 2000. I have been a nurse in the Philippines for 9 years. I started as a C grade (Band 3/OSCE) in the dialysis unit on site. I received my NMC registration after 6 months.

I always wanted to be a nurse, there’s nothing in this world that I would rather be. I enjoy working with people and sharing my experienced. I love listening to people too, I love hearing stories, whether it’s happy, sad or exciting stories.

I am passionate in helping people, I get more job satisfaction when I work closely with my staff in looking after patients in the ward. Staff look up to their matrons, one staff member recently have told me that I was the one who encouraged her to become a nurse apprentice, she will be a qualified nurse next month.

She sent me a letter saying how grateful she was when we met in the ward and when we worked together in giving personal care to our older patients. It has opened her eyes and had a better understanding that as a nurse we are always ready to provide care to our patients even when we are in a senior nursing role. This is the biggest encouragement she has as a HCSW.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting their nursing career journey?

  • Be inquisitive and ask questions.
  • Always use reflection to be a better nurse and a better person.
  • Read and learn from your experience
  • Be always ready for feedback and criticism but do not let people abuse your kindness. Stand up for yourself with humility
  • Enjoy what you do
  • Speak to people around you in a courteous way, be kind to yourself and to people around you. It will take you a long way.
  • Treat every people all the same.

For more information on how to start a career in nursing, please visit Health Careers – Nursing Careers.