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Savings for NHS staff

By Gemma Raw

​Did you know that, as an NHS employee, you can save money on all sorts of things, from fashion and financial services to eating out and electricity bills? Healthcare jobs can be very demanding. So, it's good to know that all our valued practitioners who are working tirelessly in the NHS can get a few extra rewards in recognition of their exceptional hard work and the vital contribution they make to the health of the nation. Whether you're a nurse, doctor or allied health professional, taking full advantage of opportunities to save money on your day-to-day expenditure can be a welcome boost for your financial wellbeing. Here's a quick round-up of some of the discounts available to you as an NHS employee... 

With over one million subscribers, this is one of the go-to places for NHS staff offers from hundreds of brands. There's a huge range of options, all of which are available to anyone who works for the NHS, including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and radiographers.

Love your box sets, movies or sport? You can save on Sky TV packages. Enjoy a weekly work-out? There are reduced rates for gym membership. Need a break? You can get a cut-price deal on hotels, self-catering cottages and package holidays.

It's totally free to join and the website is easy to use. There's a simple search facility, so you can go straight to the kind of offer you're looking for. You can also choose from a menu of headline categories, including travel, shopping, insurance, finance, mobiles and motoring. 

This is another major player in the world of NHS staff discounts. Again, joining is free and easy and there are around 40,000 businesses registered, offering everything from savings on jewellery and fashions to deals on entertainment and travel. There's also a handy search facility for offers in your local area.

To get access to thousands more in-store offers, you can buy an NHS Discount Card. For a one-off payment of just £5.95, you'll get a lifetime of discounts at bars, cafes, shops, restaurants.

Staff Discounts Portal

This is a specialist discounts website for NHS and other healthcare staff. It's endorsed by more than 230 NHS trusts and offers cashback from over 2,500 online retailers, as well as more than 4,500 discount offers at local pubs, restaurants, health clubs, beauticians and more.

Blue Light Card 

Available to anyone who works in the NHS, Emergency Services or Armed Forces, Blue Light Card provides both online and in-store discounts from a wide range of suppliers. It's free to register and you can get a physical card for use in High Street stores and eateries. There's also a free mobile app. 

NHS Staff Benefits has deals exclusively for over 100,000 NHS staff across Central Scotland, including trusts in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lothian, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran and Forth Valley. Offers include discounts on holidays, home improvements, days out, dining, weddings and much more.

Many other national brands and local businesses provide discounts directly to NHS staff, so it's always worth asking if there's a deal available. For example, Vodafone offers savings of up to 15% on pay monthly plans and at any branch of Nando's you can get a 20% discount on food and drink (up to a maximum value of £20). All you need is your NHS ID or, in some cases, just your NHS email address.