Five reasons to live in Derbyshire

  • It offers a mix of thriving towoman walking through Derbyshire high streetwns, a busy, buzzing city and beautiful countryside
  • It is one of the most affordable places to live in the country and the perfect place to buy a house. Derbyshire offers great value for money, with Zoopla figures showing that the average price of a house in the county is well below the national figure, and nearly half the avergae price in the south-east of the UK.
  • Some of the best schools in the country – both state and private
  • Super-central location – so family and friends are never far away
  • The home of the Peak District – need we say more?

We can offer a wide range of career opportunities in a supportive and compassionate organisation that puts people first.

Derbyshire is a wonderful place to live. Our county has stunning countryMonsal Dale  side, amazing history and of course, fabulous people.

Derbyshire is an area of great natural beauty with rugged, peat-covered moorlands and magnificent limestone dales, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches and some grand houses. It is the location of Britain’s first National Park - the Peak District National Park, a popular place for walkers and climbers.

Whether you enjoy your shopping or leisurely sightseeing trips, Derbyshire’s lively towns offer a delightful array of attractions. Derby itself offers the best of both worlds – multicultural city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment.

Derby recognised as most affordable place in UK to own a home

Derby has been recognised the most affordable place to live in the UK in 2021, according to research by Currys PC World and Ring Security.

The research considered the average price of buying or renting a three bedroom house, the cost of living and the average earnings of a person. On average, a three bedroom house in Derby was quoted as costing £165,000, compared to £639,061 in London, and £674 to rent in Derby, compared to £1,746 in Brighton.

Two surveys in recent years have also named Derby as the second-best city in the UK to raise a family.

Price comparison website MoneySuperMarket analysed 35 of the biggest cities in the UK for their “family-friendliness”. Derby took second place thanks to the availability of affordable housing, career opportunities and the high quality of schools. The city's key selling point was that it had one of the lowest average house prices on the list and a low level of crime.

Derby was also listed as the second-best place in the country to live after research by statistics portal Statista, which compared the average salary with the average mortgage, alongside the rate of unemployment.


The A6 links Derbyshire to Manchester and the M1 takes you south to Leicester and London or north to Sheffield and Leeds.

80% of the UK's population is within a two-hour drive - great for visiting friends, family, customers and suppliers.


You can be in London in less than two hours and direct rail services connect Derby with many other destinations. Derby to Nottingham, Leicester or Birmingham takes only 30 minutes.


East Midlands Airport is 15 miles from Derby and Birmingham International Airport is 50 miles from Derby. There are extensive air links to European and worldwide destinations from both airports.

Lisa Payne – relocation from Surrey to Derbyshire

Lisa Payne joined the Trust from Chertsey, Surrey, where she was in a Band 7 role.
She joined Derbyshire Healthcare as a Band 5 Nurse on Cherry Tree Close, which is a residential rehabilitation ward. 

Lisa relocated with her partner and a relative to whom she is the main carer. Moving to Derbyshire was a whole-family consideration. She said: “I was interested in Derbyshire for a number of reasons:

  • “Lots of development across cities and towns in Derbyshire meant that job prospects for my partner as well as for me were very attractive, with a number of large industry-wide developments.
  • “The pull of the Derbyshire countryside, the Peak District and all the outdoor activities this provides, walking, beautiful countryside with rolling hills, fabulous green landscapes with rivers and canals, fresh air, more room to live!
  • “A three-bedroom house in Chertsey would be simply that, bathroom and three bedrooms with living areas. In Derbyshire we were able to look at houses that invariably included a utility room, study, garage, driveway and parking, real value for money at cheaper prices. As the main carer for an elderly relative, being able to buy a good-sized property meant I could provide independent living space for my relative as well.”

It took two years for Lisa to finally come to the decision that the move would be good for her and her family. She has now persuaded other parts of her family that a move to Derbyshire would be good for the extended family!

Lisa said: “I felt the NHS had, over the years, encouraged, developed, trained and cared for me. This helped me want to nurse. Leaving the NHS Pension would also have been a huge disadvantage.
“I googled jobs and found the Trust's really useful website, focusing on the nursing articles. I loved the online recovery toolkit, which is a really good advert for the Trust as it shows patients and service users that this Trust is not just about medical interventions, but is also about letting the patient take their own journey.
“I loved the Living in Derbyshire video and felt the Trust values really resonated with me.”

Our Trust values are: 

People first – We focus on our colleagues, in the knowledge that a well-supported, engaged and empowered workforce results in good patient care 
Respect – We respect and value the diversity of our patients, colleagues and partners and support a respectful and inclusive environment
Honesty – We are open and transparent in all we do 
Do your best – We work closely with our partners to achieve the best possible outcomes for people. 

Lisa checked the CQC report for Cherry Tree Close, which was rated  “Good”.

She was also impressed with Derby being included on “Safewards” page, reflecting good standards and a positive ethos in the organisation.

Lisa follows the RCN Facebook page which has thousands of members, and had seen positive comments relating to Derby and Derbyshire. She read lots of articles on recovery and rehabilitation from Derby and questions and reflections from people in Derby on other matters. Looking at their replies, Lisa felt it was reflective of the team in the Trust.

She said: “People do come first, as shown in the awards ceremony photos on the website.

“Now I am here, these are some of the things that have helped me:

  • The friendliness of people and the teams I work with
  • The welcoming attitude in the organisation
  • The kindness from people I have met."

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