NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

Food, shopping, wellbeing and more

Many companies offer special discounts for NHS staff and healthcare workers (and some that emergency services personnel can get too). This guide lists the top deals available and how to get them, including 10% off at Asda, 25% off Pizza Hut, 20% off Nando's, free Headspace and lots more.

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£5 Blue Light Card gives access to 1,000s of deals for NHS staff, care workers & more

One of the main ways NHS and care workers can get discounts is to sign up for a Blue Light Card, which costs £4.99 for two years' access. You'll need your work ID or a recent payslip to prove you're eligible for the service (it can take up to seven days to be registered).

As well as NHS and care workers, it's also available to other emergency services such as the Fire Service, RNLI, Mountain Rescue, Red Cross and more – see below for the full list.

  • Which services are included?

    • 4x4 Response
    • Ambulance Service
    • Blood Bikes
    • Border Force
    • British Army
    • Cave Rescue
    • Community First Responders
    • Fire Service
    • Highways England Traffic Officer
    • HM Armed Forces Veterans
    • HM Coastguard
    • HM Prison Service
    • Immigration Enforcement
    • Lowland Search and Rescue
    • MoD Fire Service
    • MoD Police
    • Mountain Rescue
    • NHS
    • Police
    • Red Cross
    • Reserve Armed Forces
    • RNLI
    • Royal Air Force
    • Royal Marines
    • Royal Navy
    • Search and Rescue
    • Social Care Workers
    • St Andrews Ambulance
    • St John Ambulance
    • UK Visas and Immigration

Blue Light Card says it offers 15,000+ high street and online discounts from large retailers and local businesses, covering fashion, days out, restaurants, holidays and more. You aren't able to see specific deals until after signing up, though we've included some in our list of deals below.

If you think you'll save more than a fiver in two years then it's worth signing up. See Blue Light Card FAQs for full information.

Top NHS and careworker staff freebies & discounts

This is our list of top deals currently offered to NHS and care worker staff (and some for emergency services too). We've made it clear who's eligible for what, and whether you can get the deal just by showing work ID, or if you need a Blue Light Card.

NHS staff discounts tend to beat those offered to all, but sometimes retailers have short-lived promotions available to everyone that will save you more money, so before using an NHS discount, it's worth comparing other offers to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Used an NHS freebie or discount not featured here? Please email to let us know.

0 Current Deals

Food & drink discounts

Supermarket discounts

  • Asda (find your nearest) is offering 10% off in-store purchases (see 'More info' for exclusions) for NHS and emergency services staff on presentation of a Blue Light Card and ID.

    The discount was due to end in December 2022, but Asda says it has extended the offer until Friday 31 March, though there's always a risk it could be pulled, so it's best to check you can use the discount before shopping. See Asda for full T&Cs.

    Blue Light Card costs £4.99 for two years, so it's worth checking to see if you'll save more than this using the offers available before signing up.

    • You can't use the discount online, on alcohol, fuel, tobacco, lottery products, gift vouchers & gift cards, infant formula/milk, cashback, fireworks, online games & instant tickets, photo printing, saver stamps, postage stamps, mobile phone top ups, online financial services or insurance, pharmacy, separate concessions, Asda on the Move, Asda Tyres, or Asda cafés.

      The Blue Light Card holder must also be present and show ID to use the offer. It can't be passed to family members to use.

    See all deals: Asda (8 deals)
  • If you're a new online customer to Iceland* and a Blue Light Card holder, you can get £6 off a £45+ spend online only. Delivery's free as you're spending over £40.

    You'll need to log in to Blue Light Card online to claim a unique discount code, which you can then use at the checkout. This offer will only work once. A Blue Light Card costs £4.99 for two years, so if you're only using it for this offer you'd still save money.

    If you're already an Iceland customer, you can still get a discount via your Blue Light Card, however it will be £2 off a £60 spend, so if you're not planning on taking up any other Blue Light Card offers it might not be worth it for you.

    Important: If you amend your order, you will lose the code and pay the full amount, as the codes are single use only, so be sure to add everything you need before checking out.

    The cost of carrier bags and adding electronic savings to your Bonus Card won't count towards the £45 or £60 spend, and in Scotland, purchases of alcohol don't count towards the minimum spend either. See Iceland's full terms and conditions*.

    See all deals: Iceland (4 deals)
  • Morrisons (find your nearest*) is offering NHS staff 'exclusive offers' when you join its free 'More for NHS Club*' with your NHS staff email address and shop in-store or online. If shopping online, Morrisons says you can get a free 'Anytime' delivery pass (normally £65 and gives unlimited free deliveries on shops over £40). See delivery pass T&Cs.

    See all deals: Morrisons (8 deals)

Clothing & shoes discounts

Motoring discounts

Health & wellbeing discounts

  • Mindfulness and meditation app Headspace is offering free three-month Headspace Plus subscriptions to NHS staff who sign up using their NHS email account (see more info for which accounts are included). It's extended this offer until Sunday 31 December 2023.

    If you've already signed up previously for a free three months, Headspace says you should be able to sign up again. 

      • You'll be asked to choose from three types of role, all of which are eligible for this offer: 'Clinical professionals' (eg, Doctors, Nurses, etc.), 'Non-clinical professionals' (eg, administrative functions), or 'Wellbeing lead' (eg, the person responsible for staff wellbeing).
      • You'll need to register using your NHS email account to get the offer.
      • Accepted email addresses include: nhs.net, nhs.uk, nhsemployers.org, hscni.net, scot.nhs.uk, doctors.org.uk, and uk.issworld.com.
      • For more help and information, see the Headspace help pages.
    See all deals: Headspace (1 deal)
  • Mental health programme Unmind is giving free access to NHS staff who sign up online with their NHS email account. It's valid until Sunday 31 December 2023.

    Access Unmind via the special NHS link, sign up with your NHS work email, answer a few questions to get set up, then download the app to your phone.

    See all deals: NHS (7 deals)
  • NHS staff and emergency service workers looking to join a Nuffield Health fitness and wellbeing centre can get 30% off a full individual monthly rolling or 12-month membership – prices vary by location (find your nearest). See 'More info' below for full eligibility criteria. See full Nuffield Health T&Cs.

    To sign up online, if you work for the NHS use the code NHS30 in the corporate discount code section at the checkout. For fire service, use the code FIRE30 and for the police service, use the code POLICE30. You'll need to show your work ID on your first visit.

    • This offer is available to:

      NHS: Any person employed full or part-time by the National Health Service.

      Police: Any person employed full or part-time as a police officer or special constable or special police constable (SC or SPC), a member of NARPO (retired police officers) or employed by a police station in an admin role.

      Fire: Any person employed full or part-time as a Fire Officer or Volunteer Fire Officer or member of NARF (retired fire officer) or employed by a fire station in an admin role.

      Blue Light Card holders: Anyone holding a valid Blue Light Card can join in their local centre or by logging in to their Blue Light Card account and searching for Nuffield Health.

    See all deals: NHS (7 deals)

Mobile phone contract offers

  • If you're with O2 and planning to refresh your tariff, as the NHS is working with O2 you're eligible for its O2 Open discount if you apply within 28 days of the start of your O2 Refresh contract with an eligible handset, tablet, hotspot or dongle.

    Complete the verification process via the Open portal, and then sign in again to add the discount. See full T&Cs.

    Important: Do check that the offer you sign up for is the most suitable, and cheapest offer for you. Don't take O2's word for it that even with the 15% or 25% off it will be the best offer. See our Cheap Mobile Finder to compare deals before you buy.

    • You can't get the discount with: Pay As You Go, non-O2 Refresh tariffs, sharer plans, business accounts, Sim only deals and contracts not bought directly from O2.

      If your airtime agreement includes any other offers or discounts, eg, six months' free airtime, you won’t be eligible for O2 Open. There’s no discount available on Apple Watch airtime plans.

    See all deals: O2 (4 deals)
  • If you register online at Vodafone with your NHS email address, you'll receive a code for 25% off selected 12 or 24-month pay monthly phones, SIM only plans, or iPad/tablet plans. You'll also be able to extend the benefit to up to five of your friends and family. See full T&Cs for more information.

    Important: Do check that the offer you sign up for is the most suitable, and cheapest offer for you. Don't take Vodafone's word for it that even with the 15% or 25% off it will be the best offer. See our Cheap Mobile Finder to compare deals before you buy.

    See all deals: Vodafone (2 deals)
  • If you register online at EE with your NHS email address, or NHS photo ID card, you'll receive a code for 20% off selected 24-month pay monthly phone, SIM or broadband plans. You'll also be able to extend the benefit to up to four of your friends and family.

    If you run out of data, this offer also gives you free unlimited data at a reduced speed of 2Mbps so you'll still be able to access the internet, albeit at a slower speed.

    If your phone breaks, it also allows priority phone repair, which EE says will take up to seven days instead of the usual up to 14 days to repair. See EE help pages, or full T&Cs for more information.

    Important: Do check that the offer you sign up for is the most suitable, and cheapest offer for you – don't take EE's word for it that even with the 20% off it will be the best offer. See our Cheap Mobile Finder to compare deals before you buy.

    See all deals: EE (1 deal)

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Uniform tax refund – reclaim £100s from up to five years of expenses

If you have to wash or repair your uniform yourself, you may be able to claim tax relief, which could be £100s. The standard flat-rate expense allowance for uniform maintenance is £60 – though many working in the NHS are entitled to more. See our FREE uniform tax refund guide for full information on eligibility and how to claim.

But in a nutshell, claim a uniform tax refund, and you'll get back the amount of tax you would otherwise have paid. For example, the flat-rate annual expense for ambulance staff is £185. So a basic-rate taxpayer gets 20% of £185 as a rebate – which is £37. Higher-rate taxpayers will get back £74.

In addition to their standard allowance (£125), nurses and midwives can also claim for shoes, socks and tights.

What’s more, you can reclaim from up to five tax years.

How much annual tax relief you can claim by occupation

OCCUPATION ALLOWANCE BASIC-RATE TAXPAYER GETS HIGHER-RATE GETS
Ambulance staff on active service
£185 £37 £74
Nurses, midwives, chiropodists, dental nurses, therapists, healthcare assistants, phlebotomists and radiographers
£125, plus 12 shoes and 6 tights or stockings (where everyone is required to wear the same colour/style) £25 £50
Plaster room orderlies, hospital porters, ward clerks, sterile supply workers, hospital domestics and hospital catering staff £125 £25 £50
Laboratory staff, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants £80 £16 £32
Uniformed ancillary staff – maintenance workers, grounds staff, drivers, parking attendants and security guards, receptionists and other uniformed staff £80 £16 £32

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