5 reasons to live in Derbyshire

  • A mix of buzzing, thriving towoman walking through Derbyshire high streetwns and cities and beautiful countryside
  • One of the most affordable places to live in the country – it's the perfect place to buy a house. Recent articles in national newspapers and Zoopla online confirm that houses in Derbyshire offer great value for money
  • 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.

In July 2017 a survey 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 - beating neighbouring Nottingham into sixth - thanks to the availability of affordable housing, career opportunities and a high rate of “outstanding” schools.

The city's key selling point was that it had one of the lowest average house prices on the list, at £148,437, and a low level of crime, with 17.1 burglary claims for every 1,000 home insurance quotes.

In fact, Derby has previously been listed as the second best place in the country to live and make a living. The 2014 research by statistics portal Statista compared the average salary around the country with the average mortgage in the same place. It also took into account the rate of unemployment and jobs.


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 in January 2018 from Chertsey, Surrey, where she was previously in a Band 7 role.
She has been with Derbyshire Healthcare since January 2018 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 put our patients and colleagues at the centre of everything we do.
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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