Living and working in Norfolk

We love Norfolk, and our staff love it too. Hear from them why living and working in Norfolk is so good...

Norfolk in a nutshell

Norfolk is the fifth largest county in England and offers a perfect mix of countryside and city living. You’ll find history and heritage, beautiful villages and 90 miles of stunning coastline. NCH&C provides services across the whole of Norfolk and we have teams based in many villages and towns across the county, in addition to our main community hospital site in Norwich.

Norwich is the county’s only city and was once the second largest city in England. Aside from a rich and fascinating history, modern day Norwich is lively and diverse with a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes. It boasts a thriving coffee shop culture; a growing number of theatres; galleries, museums and cinemas; and an eclectic array of clubs and bars. Norwich is home to two universities: University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts. In 2012, Norwich was one of the first cities in England to become a UNESCO City of Literature.

Norwich has two large shopping malls and a vibrant high street complimented by the diverse range of independent boutiques found within Norwich Lanes. Not to mention the unique and historic Norwich market – the largest open air market in England.

If city living isn’t for you, Norfolk is home to many attractive towns and villages. NCH&C has community hospitals in North Walsham, Dereham, Kelling and King’s Lynn, as well as medical and health centres in Cromer, Wymondham, Thorpe and Swaffham. We deliver services across more than 70 sites across the county, so working for us can mean you have access to a variety of locations to work from.

Josie Spencer – CEO of NCH&C

I’ve only recently moved to Norfolk following my appointment as CEO of NCH&C, so I’m still very much exploring this wonderful county and all it has to offer. I’m very lucky because despite being a relative newcomer to Norfolk, I’ve seen quite a bit of it already whilst out and about visiting our teams across the county over the last few weeks.

My first impression of Norfolk is that it’s a really friendly place – all of the staff at NCH&C and the patients that I have met have been so welcoming and kind. Here’s some of my Norfolk highlights:

Norwich market

The market in Norwich is like nothing I’ve seen before, it really is iconic. A wonderful variety of colourful stalls and so many people have recommended the food stalls to me.

Sainsbury’s centre

I’ve been impressed with how much culture there is in Norfolk. Norwich in particular seems to be bubbling with creativity and I can’t wait to visit the Sainsbury’s Centre at the UEA.

Happisburgh beach

What’s not to love about a town with its own lighthouse? I think the beach is a bit of a hidden gem, with great views of the sea.

Millennium Plain, Norwich

I’ve been really impressed with how Millennium Plain acts as a central hub for events in the city – there always seems to be something going on there and as a city newbie this is a great place to find out what’s happening in the city.


I really love the extraordinarily beautiful night skies you get in Norfolk. If you’re out on a clear night away from the glare of the city you can see thousands of stars. Apparently Kelling is a particularly great place for star gazing.

Jemma Smith

I think the things that make working in Norfolk so special are the beautiful surroundings and the fantastic community services.

Jemma Smith

Rapid assessment practitioner (paramedic)

I recently joined the rapid assessment team as a rapid assessment practitioner (paramedic). For the last six years I have worked as a paramedic in the east of England Ambulance Service. I chose to come and work with NCH&C as I really enjoyed my placement with them when I was training to be a paramedic. I like to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and am passionate about elderly and frailty care and working together for admission avoidance. I am very proud of qualifying as a paramedic, but also being able to buy my own home in Norfolk. I think the things that make working in Norfolk so special are the beautiful surroundings and the fantastic community services.

Still to be convinced? Countless surveys and research rank Norfolk and Norwich as top places to live for safety and happiness. We’ve collated lots of sites for you to look at and see more of what our fabulous county has to offer.

Why Norfolk is a great place to live:

The Metro – Nine great reasons Norfolk is the best place to live in the UK
The EDP – Two Norfolk Locations Rate As Best Places to Live List
Norwich Evening News – Norwich Is One of The Best Cities To Live
The Telegraph – Britain’s 20 Friendliest Places To Live
The Independent – Britain’s Safest Cities

Other useful sites to help you find out more about Norfolk:


Zoopla – Buyer’s Guide to Norwich