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What is the programme all about?

The retention programme is a national project of work running from the beginning of 2022 to support those who wish to continue working within the Health and Social care sector once the vaccination programme ends.

We will support anyone who wishes to engage in the project, whatever their employment status.

You will be offered the opportunity to explore jobs, training and voluntary opportunities in your locality.

This website will provide you with information about the different employers, the huge variety of specialities and roles available, access to jobs sites and links into organisations for conversations around employment and training. Help and support with the application process and informative webinars covering all areas to help the workforce to decide what is right for you.

People who register for the project will be surveyed to understand their individual needs and targeted support will be provided.

We wish you well with your future endeavours and hope that you find the project useful.

About You...

We want to make sure that the support we provide is of value and relevant to you.  We would appreciate it if you could spare 10 minutes to complete our ‘about you’ form found at the bottom of the page or CLICK HERE.

An Introduction to the NHS

The NHS is a complex system, which can sometimes make it difficult to understand – especially working out who is responsible for what. It’s made up of a wide range of different organisations with different roles, responsibilities and specialities. These organisations provide a variety of services and support to patients and carers.

Over recent years there have been changes to the way the NHS is structured and works. The likelihood is that you may not have even noticed this – it won’t have affected how you access your local doctor or hospital. But the changes have affected who makes decisions about health services and who holds the budget to pay for these services.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trusts

We are responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, such as the care you receive at hospital and in the community, as well as ensuring they deliver the best possible care and treatment for patients.

We are one of the largest CCGs in England (by patient population), with 85 GP practices as members, which cover all GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as two practices in North Hertfordshire (Royston) and two in Northamptonshire (Oundle and Wansford).

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We provide the following extensive portfolio of services (for access to more information visit our home page):

• A range of children’s services to children, young people and families (Cambridgeshire and Norfolk)
• iCaSH: Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Services (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk)
• Dental services (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk)
• Dynamichealth musculoskeletal services and pelvic health physiotherapy services (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)
• Neuro-rehabilitation services including the Oliver Zangwill Centre (Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire)

• Children and Adults’ community health services for the residents of Luton

• Bedfordshire Community Health services for the residents of Bedfordshire (provided in partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust)

We believe that community based health services are fundamental to the success of an NHS that gives people more choice and control over their health

We are a health and social care organisation and have clinical teams providing services in inpatient, community and primary care settings. Services include:

  • Adult mental health
  • Forensic and specialist mental health
  • Older people’s mental health
  • Children’s mental health
  • Children’s community
  • Older people and adult community
  • Specialist learning disability
  • Primary care and liaison psychiatry
  • Substance misuse
  • Social care
  • Research and development

We support a population of just under a million people and employ nearly 4,000 staff. Our biggest bases are at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, but our staff are based in more than 50 locations.

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Cambridge University Hospitals is a family of hospitals comprising Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie. As part of the NHS, we deliver expert care for patients – locally, regionally and nationally – while our vibrant teaching community equips and empowers our staff for the future. We also benefit from and contribute to some of the most important biomedical research in the world today.

  • Addenbrooke’s provides emergency, surgical and medical care for local people and is also a regional centre of excellence for specialist services such as organ transplantation, neurosciences, paediatrics and genetics.
  • Based on the same site, The Rosie is a women’s hospital and the regional centre of excellence for maternity care. It has its own theatre suite, fetal assessment unit, ultrasound department and neonatal intensive care unit

The trust runs three busy hospitals – Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospital. Together they serve approximately 700,000 residents living in Cambridgeshire, South Lincolnshire and the neighbouring counties.

Our hospital sites offer a wide variety of acute services to a growing population. All three sites deliver inpatient and outpatient services.  Additionally, we run outpatient and radiology services at Doddington Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust employs 6,971 staff and is supported by an army of 487 volunteers who dedicate some of their free time to support hospital services mainly in patient-facing roles.

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Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating around 50,000 patients each year. The Trust is currently rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

In addition to transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) and is one of five UK centres providing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to patients experiencing severe respiratory failure. It is also the only centre in the UK for a number of specialist services including Pulmonary Endarterectomy and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA).

Royal Papworth moved to a state-of-the-art building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in May 2019, which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2019.

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Primary Care

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services. Working in primary care is a rewarding career, supporting people in the local community.

General Practice offers many services from care in the practice, supporting care homes and people in the community and offers a variety of new roles:

GPs, nurses, pharmacy professionals, physiotherapists, paramedics, health care assistants, social prescribers, care coordinators, health and wellbeing coaches, admin, management and many more.

For more general information visit: NHS England » Primary care

Find out more about GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Homepage | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (

Job vacancies in GP practices can be found on NHS Jobs, Indeed or directly through practice websites

Herts Urgent Care (HUC) provide the NHS111 and Out of Hours services for Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

HUC, offers a variety of care services to our patients, and business support services to our partners, including: NHS 111, General Practitioner (GP) Out of Hours Service, Extended Access, Dental Out of Hours Service, Primary Care Services at Luton Town Centre GP Service, and Acute In Hours Visiting Service (AIHVS).

We provide access to these high quality Integrated Urgent Healthcare services to the communities of Hertfordshire, West Essex, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, as well as Bedfordshire and Luton.

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Peterborough City Council – Health and Social Care – find out more here

Cambridge County Council – Health and Social Care – find out more here.

Roles in NHS and Social Care

When you joined us at the vaccination centres, you will have brought with you a range of skills and experience.  To help you understand what additional skills you may now have, we have put together a one page summary which might help you with your career choices or when you are completing an application form.

Check out our  presentation on the types of roles available and opportunities that could boost your employability.

Knowing what skills you have is a great start in helping you understand which role might be suitable for you, we have put together an overview of the entry requirements, required skills, personal characteristics and desirable work experience needed in a wide range of roles.

Training Opportunities

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