Sandy beach Living in Somerset Pier Health serves communities on the North Somerset coast, which means our staff enjoy the best of life in the South West. Living in Somerset From Bristol to Bath and Taunton to Totnes, Pier Health’s home of Weston-super-Mare is ideally placed to explore Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and beyond.

10 reasons to live and work in North Somerset

1. Quality of life
North Somerset offers a superb quality of life – from golden beaches to stunning countryside and vibrant urban streets, all within easy reach.

2. World-class cities
Bristol and Bath are just two of the famous cities Somerset is home to, and they’re less than an hour’s drive from Weston-super-Mare. You’ll find cosmopolitan culture, entertainment and shopping alongside some of the best dining in the UK.

3. Iconic landmarks
North Somerset plays host to famed landmarks that make local day trips a must: attractions like the Roman Baths, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cheddar Gorge – or even Weston-super-Mare’s very own Grand Pier.

4. Natural beauty
Swathes of North Somerset are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Head to the coast for beautiful beaches popular with locals and tourists alike, or explore picture-postcard villages tucked away in lush valleys.

5. Affordable housing
House prices in North Somerset continue to be reasonable, meaning you can find a perfect rental apartment or family home on a realistic budget. There’s something for everyone: from traditional seaside villas to hillside terraces, country cottages and modern new-builds.

6. Great connections
Weston-super-Mare, which lies on the main rail line to London, is just 30 minutes by car from Bristol and Bristol International Airport, and an hour from Bath. The M5 motorway on the edge of town means it’s simple and fast to reach other major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Cardiff and Exeter.

7. Top education
Many state schools in the local area are rated highly by Ofsted, joined by several world-class independent institutions. Further education options include city colleges and a new University Centre offering apprenticeships and degree level courses.

8. A culinary culture
Somerset leads the way in food production and innovation, the home of everything from fruit – namely apples and cider brands like Thatchers – to tea, yoghurt, biscuits and, of course, the iconic Cheddar cheese. Restaurants across the county reflect the plentiful produce on offer, delivering tastes from around the county, country and world.

9. Investing in the future
North Somerset is home to around 210,000 people and is seeing rapid growth, with inward investment bringing new opportunities in transport, education, economy and trade.

10. An exciting career
Pier Health is committed to offering exceptional careers for clinical and support staff alike. We offer training and mentorship programmes, skills-sharing opportunities and the chance to help shape the face of healthcare in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.

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