Derbyshire is an English county in the East Midlands, and although it is now a unitary authority, the city of Derby is the area's most populated settlement. Although much of the county is rural in nature, the towns of Chesterfield and Matlock are well populated.
Health and social care in Derbyshire is administered by a combination of the NHS, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, local charities and the private sector. The NHS is responsible for primary health care and local clinics, whilst the local councils in the area deliver community-based help such as occupational therapy, catering services, youth work and social services. There are also a number of local charities that work with the disadvantaged, disabled, elderly and deprived youth of the area, and many of these organisations work with local recruitment agencies to find the high-calibre staff they need.
Large parts of Derbyshire suffer from poverty - particularly in the city of Derby. Employment opportunities in social work are fairly common, but the highly pressurised nature of the work means that staff turnover is high. The Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the single largest employer of health and social care workers in the region - offering a wide range of positions from auxiliary nurses to senior consultants. The trust is also responsible for local GP surgeries, drop-in clinics, home visits and community-based projects.