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Nurse recruitment

We welcome and encourage applicants interested in working as a nurse at the James Paget.

We are a multi-award winning hospital, collecting awards from the Nursing Times and the Health Service Journal (HSJ), among others, for our innovative projects.

Our teams are supportive, caring and patient-focussed and we encourage professional development at all levels.

On the sunrise coast, close to the most easterly point in the UK, we offer opportunities to progress your career and all the benefits of low-cost seaside living.


We are keen to attract those who may be considering returing to nursing, international nurses who may be looking for an opportunity to work in the UK, student nurses and those who are qualified and considering a move.

In return you will join a team of dedicated professionals, with a strong team-work ethos, with plenty of social and health and wellbeing opportunities, and recognition for good work.

Please see below if you’re interested and please contact us if you would like to know more.

Returning to nursing

If you’ve been away from nursing for a time but are thinking of returning, we are keen to hear from you.

The Return to Practice programme is currently delivered twice a year in January/February and September and is jointly provided by the University of East Anglia and The James Paget University Hospital Foundation Trust. The Return to Practice team would welcome applications from nurses who have previously held registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) but this has lapsed.

A number of nurses have successfully returned to practice despite not being registered as a nurse for 10 years or more. The programme aims to give you the confidence to adapt to changes in practice thus enabling you to re-awaken the knowledge you have and to benefit from the wealth of experience that you will have gained in those intervening years.

The programme length is variable accordingly to how long you have been out of practice. It consists of approximately six classroom study sessions, along with full induction at the Trust. The duration and hours required to complete the course will vary depending on how long you have been out of clinical practice but the guidance is:

  • 3 -7 years out of clinical practice – 150hrs (20 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 8 – 10 years out of clinical practice – 200hrs (27 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 10 – 15 years out of clinical practice – 275hrs (37 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 15 years or more – 375hours (50 x 7.5 hours)

How many hours a week does the course involve?

  • You need to complete 15 hours clinical practice per week
  • You will also need to undertake personal study; this will be supported by one of the Return to Practice lecturers or your mentor in clinical practice

Where will you get your clinical experience?

The practice element of the programme is undertaken in one clinical setting. We aim to offer you a placement in an area in which you may have had previous experience and are most likely to feel comfortable. You will be supernumerary and therefore able to concentrate on your learning needs. There is a degree of flexibility in negotiating your shifts but you will need to consider undertaking sufficient hours each week (15 hours) to make the placement a worthwhile learning experience.

The Return to Practice programme prepares you for re-entry onto the professional register and is an absolute requirement for returning to practice.
If you would like to know more about the programme before applying, please contact Claire Ward, Practice Development Nurse on: 01493 453669 (direct dial) or 01493 452452 (switchboard) Bleep: 1525. Alternatively you can email

More information about re-registration with the NMC is available here and Health Education England also have more information here.


International recruitment

We are currently recruiting international nurses who already live in the UK, and are looking to gain their Professional Registration in the UK, as well as those who live abroad. 

If your qualifications and education are from outside of the UK, this is the chance to join our remarkable team here at the James Paget University Hospital.

If you have successfully completed the International English Language Tests (IELTS) and NMC Test of Competence Part One (CBT), then we would love to hear from you.

Successful candidates will be paid as a Band 4 Pre-registered Nurse until NMC registration is gained.

Please note that this post is dependent on successfully gaining NMC Registration so as to secure continued employment with the Trust and gain Band 5 Staff Nurse status. Failure to successfully complete these requirements would result in termination of contract and the full costs being reimbursed to the Trust, but you will be supported throughout this process by our experienced Education Development Team.

We appreciate the remarkable jobs all of our staff do. In return for this commitment we will support and develop your potential and skills in this busy and fulfilling role within our friendly Trust and prepare you for and fund your first OSCE test.

For further information and contact details please see our International Nurse Recruitment page here


Want to work on the east coast?

If you’re looking for move from the city to the country then the James Paget could provide you with the ideal opportunity. In close proximity to sandy beaches and the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads, which provide a host of leisure options and attractions, the hospital is situated on the main A47 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Town, village or out-in the-country living are all possible within a relatively easy drive, and the city of Norwich is accessible for great shopping, dining and nights out too.

We are always looking for enthusiastic and motivated Staff Nurses who want to participate and contribute to achieving excellent standards of quality care for our patients. When applying please include in your application your preferred specialty, i.e, medical, surgical or more specific specialities, and we will ensure we do our utmost to match your requirements.

We have a range of opportunities available across the Trust and for some posts you will be required to be flexible and available for unsocial hours and night shifts. As a flexible employer we can offer part time and full time hours. We expect all applicants to be committed to providing a high standard of patient care which embraces the vision of Compassion in Practice and the 6C's. If you're looking for the opportunity to join a Trust committed to excellence we would love to hear from you.

We welcome applications from those waiting to qualify as well as applicants who may be seeking to transfer their skills into an acute environment as training can be offered.

You can find out more here .

Student nurses

The James Paget works closely with the Unversity of East Anglia and the University of Suffolk on the recruitment and training of those new to nursing. For more details about the degree courses available please click on the links and search ‘nursing’ for the courses available.



Further opportunities

If you are interested in helping care for patients at our hospital you could explore heatlh care assistant (HCA) or assistant practioner (AP) roles. We also offer opportunities to progress into nursing for HCAs and APs.

Below is a chart showing some of the available progression routes - please click on the chart for a full-size easier-to-read version.


Please see here for more information and relevant contacts if you would like to find out more.

All our current vacancies can be found via our 'Work for Us' page here