Opportunities for nurses

Nursing opportunities at NCH&C

Here are some of the roles we have for nurses currently, but do regularly check our vacancies if you have other locations in mind to progress your career in community nursing:

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work that values its staff. What’s it like to work at NCH&C? Find out more here.


Apprentice Healthcare Assistant opportunities

What does a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) do?

A typical HCA at NCH&C will support patients with their day-to-day care including:

• Helping patients to wash and dress
• Making and changing beds
• Helping patients to eat and drink
• Taking and recording basic observations
• Turning patients who are confined to bed to prevent pressure ulcers

HCA apprentices can work in ward based or community settings under the guidance and supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. You will have the opportunity to provide patient care whilst also studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Entry criteria

  • A minimum four GCSEs at grade D/4 or above (there is the option to do English and Maths Functional Skills Level 2 on programme)
  • Aged 16 or over and have been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years

How do I apply for these roles:

All of our HCA apprentice roles are on NHS jobs, click on the links below to go to the different roles:

Click here to find out more about this type of apprenticeship and to download a copy of our HCA Apprenticeship guide.

Here’s a sort video about what being an apprentice at NCH&C is like:

Supporting staff Wellbeing

We've sent all managers a copy of a new poster/leaflet

Our brand new ‘How Are You Really?’ poster/leaflet should have arrived with you via the post and we’re encouraging managers to read though the information and cascade details to teams/colleagues in your next huddle or team meeting. If your copy hasn’t arrived, please contact the Communications Team and we can send you some copies. All of our Wellbeing resources, tools, guides and support information for staff and their families can be found on this website, just go to the Wellbeing pages.

How are you, really?

The fold out ‘How are you, really?’ guide has pages covering:

As well as containing lots of information for you to refer to, the document can be cut up and each A4 page used as a separate poster to display in staff areas. Or, if you fold it out completely you can display the larger poster on the back of the document.

Extra copies of the leaflet/poster are available. Email communications@nchc.nhs.uk for more information.

2020 – a year like no other

New Year's message to NCH&C staff

Dear colleagues,

As the New Year approaches, and the end of one of the most difficult and extraordinary years many of us have known, I’ve been taking time to reflect on all the ways that we have responded in the fight against COVID-19. Though this year has brought remarkable uncertainty and turbulence, the stories of how our staff have risen to the challenges and adapted both professionally and personally fill me with enormous pride.

I hope that you’re proud of all your achievements, however big or small you might consider them to be. We have put together some highlights from this year and the incredible work our teams have undertaken:

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the work that has, and is, going on across our trust. Do let me know about your successes, I’d love to hear about them and to share them if I can.

I wanted to thank our local communities for their tremendous support and kindness this year: companies, schools and universities making or contributing visors and masks; people crocheting ear protectors for our staff and heart-shaped keepsakes for our palliative patients and their loved ones; donations of hand cream and supplies of food. As a result of generous donations from the public, our own NCH&C Charitable Fund has been able to provide many items to support staff wellbeing and improve patient experience during these difficult weeks and months too.

As is usual and natural at this time of year, we now look to the future. I have a sincere belief that things will get better. Your hard work and dedication; the determination to find new ways of working and your tenacity in helping the Norfolk and Waveney system respond to this pandemic, means that NCH&C is positioned well to steer through the challenges in the months to come.

Being able to get back to some sense of normality is on the horizon. But we are not there yet. The recent announcement that a new fast-spreading strain of the virus is a worrying development for us all. We are not yet at the peak of this wave in the pandemic. Many of our staff are very tired. I urge you to continue to look after yourselves and one another and do make use of the Wellbeing resources we have available for staff.

The weeks ahead will be tough but we can, and will, get through this by drawing further strength from working together – by supporting our colleagues and asking for help if we need it – and the optimism of the roll out of the vaccine for COVID-19.

Thank you for your work in 2020, and my very best wishes to you all for 2021.

Josie Spencer


Click here to watch a short thank you message from NCH&C to all its staff.

A Christmas message from our Chair

Merry Christmas and many thanks to all our staff

Dear NCH&C colleagues,

I wanted to verbally deliver my Christmas message this year so please do have a watch of the short video below. It’s the best way I could think of to speak directly to you all. On behalf of myself and the NCH&C Board, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to say an enormous and heartfelt thank you for everything you’ve done in 2020.

Click here to watch my message:


Even though it will be very different this year, with many people’s plans – which were already very restricted – now scaled back even further, I do hope you all get to have some rest and recuperation at some point over the festive period. I am sending you all my warmest wishes for 2021 and I hope to see you all very soon.

All the very best,

Geraldine Broderick, Chair of NCH&C Board

Jessica wins NHS Person of the Year

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards

Jessica has scooped NHS Person of the Year Award after being nominated by one of the families that she works with. She leads the ADHD nursing team at Norwich Community Hospital and works with children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences. She is also a children’s mental health nurse and during the pandemic has checked in with families every week – something the judges of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards highly praised.

She told the EDP: “It feels overwhelming, and I’m honoured to have won. It’s not quite sunk in. I’m very grateful to the family that nominated me and so pleased that we were able to offer support over this difficult year.

“This feels huge, it’s not something I can put into words, it’s a real high point of my career and I’m very proud of my team.

“Throughout COVID-19 we have done a lot to adapt ADHD assessment and treatment pathways. A lot of young people have struggled with anxiety and mental health, and we have been on phone listening, supporting, and helping families to manage mental wellbeing.

“We are a paediatric service but have been able to support the whole needs of the families. This truly means so much.”

The judges said: “Working to help families with additional needs to make their way through what has been an incredibly different year, offering support and ways to adapt to ensure a support structure was in place.

“It is clear that Jess puts in a lot of time to listen to families difficulties in the hope to work out how to support them best as possible.”

The full article about all the award winners is available on the EDP website.

We had a chat to Jessica about her role and how she came to be working at our community NHS trust:

“I qualified as a mental health nurse (RMN) in March 2012. A number of people in my family are nurses (including my Mum!)  and after completing my BSc in Neuropsychology I fell into mental health nursing.

ADHD nurse

“During my nurse training I worked on a ward for young people with mental health needs in forensic services and found that I really enjoyed working with younger people, understanding their lives and circumstances and trying to support therapeutic change.

“I started my career as a staff nurse on an adolescent inpatient CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) unit at the Bethlem Hospital in South London. I progressed from there to working in a CAMHS Community Team in Lewisham, South London, providing therapeutic work for young people with a range of mental health needs and completing crisis assessments in A+E. I fell into ADHD nursing by accident, supporting the lead nurse in the service at the time. I completed my nurse prescribing in 2016 at King’s College London and continued to specialise in neurodevelopmental conditions, ending up in East London in Hackney CAMHS as a Highly Specialist CAMHS nurse.

“I decided to move to Norfolk in July 2018 and took on a dual role in the ADHD nursing service in Paediatrics and working with the Neurodevelopmental service supporting and developing the ADHD assessment pathway.

“I have recently completed my MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London with my thesis focussing on ADHD and have co-authored a book chapter on ADHD in girls and women due to be published in 2021.

“In my current role at NCH&C I work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and I lead the wonderful ADHD nursing team Monday to Wednesday. Our days are busy, but we’re a close team. Whilst on the surface we are completing medication reviews, our day to day role in clinic involves supporting people with the neurodevelopmental, learning and mental health needs. We see a lot of young people with a history of trauma and a number of young people exposed to criminal exploitation, so we do a lot of liaison with other services.

“I also work for the NDS (neurodevelopmental service) on a Thursday where I complete ADHD assessments and continue to work on how to adapt and develop the assessment pathway.

Our days are always unpredictable and no two days are the same!”

If you’re interested in joining our community nursing teams, click here to see some of our current vacancies.



How has technology impacted our mental health during COVID-19?

The importance of safeguarding our mental health whilst working remotely

Many of us have already settled into working remotely having been doing so, in some cases, since March. Even so, meetings, training courses and events continue to be swapped from the warm and friendly face-to-face settings to the distant glare of a computer screen. Whilst the increased use of technology has enabled us to carry on with our work, we may notice that something feels different.

What are we missing out on by conducting all our meetings via our computers?

Firstly, you might think that sitting at your kitchen table in your pyjamas is an easy way to attend a meeting, but research suggests that video conferencing is actually more mentally demanding than face-to-face meetings. This is due to the various challenges of video calls, including trying to identify who is speaking, detecting movement, coordinating eye-contact, turn-taking, conversation pacing, the stress felt when you lose connection and heightened self-awareness, especially when the camera is turned on.

Secondly, using technology to attend meetings can result in us having a tendency to over schedule and overwork ourselves. Our diaries are no longer filled with travel time between meetings and we can’t just nip to the kitchen to make a cuppa and have a chat with a colleague. So, it’s easy to fill this time up with more appointments instead. Whilst initially this may make you feel very productive, it is also likely to leave you feeling overworked and fatigued. This is because this doesn’t allow for you to incorporate regular breaks and social contact into your schedule so there’s no time to decompress and process your day.

Additionally, since video calling and email apps can be installed on our phones, it can be very hard to switch off after the work day has finished. Working at home can lead to feeling like you’re essentially living at work rather than working from home. If this is the case, it may be a good idea to schedule in some more breaks and come up with a plan to put in some more boundaries between your work and home life.

So how do we go about adapting to the ‘new normal’ of working remotely whilst still safeguarding our own mental health? We’ve included some suggestions below for you to consider:

  • Build social times into your meetings. Try to set aside the first or last 10 minutes of a virtual team meeting for some unstructured social chat. This will mimic the time you would have spent making a coffee together before heading into the meeting and allow you a sense of social interaction and break from work before heading into your next appointment.
  • Block out 5 minutes before and after virtual appointments to ensure you give yourself a break and have a mental rest. Maybe use this time to get up and stretch or make yourself a drink.
  • Consider conducting some meetings with your cameras turned off. This will help to reduce the cognitive load of the call and may feel less tiring.
  • Practise self-compassion. Listen to your mind and body and take a break when you need to.

Ask yourself this, is the ‘new normal’ making you feel like you’re “working at home”, or “living at work”? If your answer is the latter, it might be time to change up your routine.

Don’t forget to utilise the support and resources on our dedicated health and wellbeing site. There is lots on information on improving your mental wellbeing: https://wearenchc.nhs.uk/wellbeing/mental/ 

Alyssa Hewson
Assistant Psychologist, NCH&C

Issy Shone
Assistant Psychologist, NCH&C

Jessica shortlisted for NHS Person Of The Year Award

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards recognise those who go the extra mile and deserve recognition

Jessica Brunet, an advanced nurse practitioner from the Community Paediatrics ADHD Nursing Team at Norwich Community Hospital has been shortlisted in the NHS Person of the Year category in the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020.

Leading the ADHD nursing team, Jessica works with children and young people with neurodevelopmental differences. She is also a children’s mental health nurse and during the pandemic has supported families well-being. While some families would normally be seen six-monthly, she has checked in weekly during the pandemic.

Jessica said: “I’m incredibly grateful to have been nominated, it truly means so much.”

Fingers crossed for Friday 11 December when the winners are announced.

NCH&C’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve ideas

NCH&C Staff: Have you seen our Twelve Days of Christmas?
We know that Christmas looks a little different this year and so, to help you celebrate and mark the festive season as best you can, we have created NCH&C’s Twelve Days of Christmas! Twelve ideas for you, along with your colleagues or families, to get involved with throughout December ❄️🎄☃️
Visit the Intranet, or see Weekly Messages for more details.

We’ve launched a National Day!!

A new national day to celebrate NHS community health and care

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust turned ten on 1 November 2020 and we saw this as an excellent opportunity to establish a day especially for community health and care providers. It is often an overlooked part of the NHS and we feel it is important to raise the profile of this vital sector. There are over 48,000 community services staff in the UK, including 11,300 health visitors and 5,400 district nurses. Each of these staff members should be celebrated and get involved in this event. No such national day exists to mark the work of community health and care providers and the time felt right to do so.

The new national awareness day has been launched as an opportunity for NHS community health and care providers to show the breadth of work they do to keep the population healthy and well. Community health and care is the foundation of NHS services: 90% of contacts between health professionals and patients occur in the community or in patient’s homes.

Community trusts offer an extensive range of NHS services from promoting good health, delivering sophisticated and complex healthcare at home, intervening to prevent worsening health and helping people live with and manage their long term conditions but they are rarely in the spotlight and don’t often make the headlines. It is hoped that setting up a national day will mean that community organisations across the country can raise the profile of this vital part of the NHS.

Watch this space for more news as to how you can help us mark this day and celebrate community staff and services.

#CommunityNHSDay 💙🥳🎂