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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.

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.

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

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.

Routes into the NHS

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trusts

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System (ICS) is working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our local people throughout their lives.

We bring together health and care organisations, as well as local councils, alongside Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations to make a real difference to the lives of local people and communities.

Our communities

We are committed to making significant positive changes to the lives of our local people by providing great healthcare and tackling issues within the area that can impact our communities’ ability to live healthy, happy lives.

We will carry out this work as close to people’s homes as possible. Whilst we cover all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we have groups focusing on the North and South of our patch too.

North

Covering Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdonshire, the North is responsible for improving the health and wellbeing of around 575,000 people.

South

Covering Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire, the South is responsible for improving the health and wellbeing of around 375,000 people.

Find out more here

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 (cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk)

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

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

Norfolk and Waveney NHS Trusts

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 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.

We operate two hazardous area response teams (HART) and have a resilience and emergency planning department who work closely with critical care charities and community volunteers to respond to a variety of emergency situations.

Commercial First Aid Training Train EEAST delivers professional training to multiple organisations and businesses across the East of England and beyond. Our trainers are skilled ambulance clinicians, with many years experience working as paramedics and emergency medical technicians within the East of England Ambulance Service.

With more than 3,600 emergency 999 calls coming in to us every day; these are answered and managed in our emergency operations centres (EOCs) at Bedford, Chelmsford and Norwich. Visit our homepage for more information.

The JPUH is a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to a population of 250,000 residents across Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney. The main site in Gorleston is supported by the Newberry Clinic and other outreach clinics in the local area. Visit our homepage to find out more.

‘Ensuring our patients are central to everything we do is our priority. Our vision is to be an innovative organisation delivering compassionate and safe patient care through a well led and motivated workforce. We provide a full range of general acute services plus a number of specialised services; including a hyperbaric chamber.’

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust carries out nearly one million outpatient appointments, day case procedures and inpatient admissions annually. The population we serve is predominantly the people of Norfolk and north Suffolk, although some patients are referred from further afield especially to access specialist services available at this Trust.

We have a range of specialist services such as cancer care and radiotherapy, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, rheumatology, children’s medicine and surgery, and specialist care for sick and premature babies.

We are one of the biggest teaching Trusts in the country with more than 10,000 staff – the N&N is our main hospital, and importantly we have a small hospital in Cromer that delivers a great service to our patients in North Norfolk

Visit our homepage for more information.

We provide mental health and learning disability care for people across Norfolk and Suffolk. We are dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion, delivering many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community. We support a population of just over 1.6 million people and employ more than 4,700 staff. Our biggest bases are at Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, Wedgwood House, Bury St Edmunds and Woodlands Unit in Ipswich but our staff are based in more than 50 locations.

We believe in ‘working together for better mental health’. We’re working closely with health and care partners and voluntary sector organisations to transform mental health care to ensure the people of Norfolk and Suffolk get help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally and emotionally well.

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

Visit out homepage to find out more.

NCH&C provides community-based NHS health and care via more than 70 different service locations across Norfolk, serving a population of nearly 900,000 people. We believe that people are better looked after locally and this belief drives us to work hard to bring our expert care to patients in our seven community hospitals, within GP surgeries and in patients’ own homes. Our focus is on continually improving the quality of care we offer to local people and on improving access to that care, helping people to move seamlessly from one service to another.

NCH&C is proud that it was the first standalone NHS Community Trust in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC highlighted a number of areas of outstanding practice at NCH&C, such as: The care and consideration shown to patients by staff. Strong collaboration, team working and support across all services Compassionate, inclusive and effective leadership at all levels.

Our locations Aylsham Health Centre Colman Hospital including Caroline House, Pine Cottage, Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care and Rowan Day Centre Dereham Hospital Kelling Hospital North Walsham and District War Memorial Hospital Norwich Community Hospital Ogden Court Community Hospital St James’ Swaffham Community Hospital.

Find out more here.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King’s Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House. We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.

Some specialist services and clinics are provided in community facilities, such as North Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech.

Visit our homepage for more information.

East Coast Community Healthcare CIC (ECCH) is a staff-owned social enterprise, providing community-based NHS healthcare services in Norfolk and Suffolk. We now work within Primary Care Networks. These are made up of groups of GP practices who are working together more closely than ever before with community services, mental health, social care, hospitals and the voluntary sector to improve the services you receive.

ECCH is owned by its employees. Our staff have a stake – and therefore a real say – in how the organisation works.

Our services –

Adult Speech and Language therapy, Continence and Lower Urinary Tract Service, Early Supported Discharge (Stroke), heart Failure, Integrated Community Neurology Team, Podiatry Service, Stoma Care, Beccles Hospital inpatients, Diabetes Service, ECCA, Infection Prevention and Control, North Norfolk Musculoskeletal Network, Primary Care Home (PCH), Tuberculosis Nursing Service, Cardiac Rehab, Dietetics Service, Frailty Service, Looked after Children Service, Occupational Therapy – Within PCH, Smokefree Norfolk, Community Matrons –  within PCH, District Nursing Service – within PCH, Health Coaching, ME/CFS Service, MSK Physiotherapy, Specialist palliative Care Services, Wheelchair Service.

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