Living in Derbyshire

Culture, shops, sport, the great outdoors – it’s all on your doorstep.

From the lively urban attractions of Derby and major towns to the tranquillity of the Peak District National Park, this area has it all.

It’s also one of the more affordable areas of the country – so your salary will go further, whether that’s money on your mortgage or the latest fashions in your wardrobe. Average house prices for example are below the national average in Derby and Derbyshire.

There are excellent transport links through the county. Direct rail services connect Derby to London in under two hours. 80% of the population are within a two-hour drive from Derby - great for visiting friends, family, customers and suppliers. Heading away on holiday? East Midlands Airport is just down the road.

The arts are well catered for throughout the region with venues such as Buxton Opera House, Derby Quad and the Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum.

Cultural attractions include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Kedleston Hall. For the more active, there are tourist attractions such as Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath and thrill-seekers will always enjoy a trip into Staffordshire to experience Alton Towers.

For sports fans, you can follow the football at Derby’s Pride Park, Burton Albion or Chesterfield, watch Derbyshire County Cricket, enjoy track cycling at Derby Velodrome, or there’s motor sports at Donington Park. There are also plenty of opportunities for getting out and about in the countryside, including running, mountain biking, caving and kayaking.

For learners, there are a number of well-respected schools and colleges throughout the area. The University of Derby, with campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, offers gold-standard higher education.

Working in Derbyshire

Whether you want to work in a hospital, health centre, call centre or care home, there are plenty of opportunities within Derby and Derbyshire. And now one of our organisations, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, covers part of Staffordshire we can offer opportunities further afield too.

There are opportunities across the area to progress your career with employers keen to support your skills, training and continuous professional development. There are ways to re-train, re-skill and take on new roles. With a wide variety of employers and employment sites, there is the potential for a flexible portfolio career – taking on the hours and responsibilities you want, to balance careers, family and lifestyle.

Local employers include local authorities, primary care, NHS community providers, NHS acute trusts, NHS mental health providers, as well as independent and voluntary sector providers.

“The High Peak area of North Derbyshire has a number of medium sized practices and we all know and support each other very well. It feels like a GP community in its own right, but we have strong GP links with the rest of North Derbyshire as well, especially in The Dales. We are extremely fortunate to have the most beautiful countryside around us, with all sorts of activities on our doorstep, yet within easy reach of large cities such as Manchester and Sheffield. I am definitely not planning on changing my home and work place any time soon!” Dr Debbie Austin, High Peak, North Derbyshire.