NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts

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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, 20% off McDonald's and Nando's, up to 40% off breakdown cover 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 to access discounts available to NHS and care workers is to sign up for a Blue Light Card, which costs £4.99 for two years' membership. You'll need your work ID or a recent payslip to prove you're eligible for the service (it can take five 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.

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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.

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0 Current Deals

Food discounts

Drinks discounts

Motoring 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.

    It ran the offer earlier this year, and Blue Light Card says it's now back as of Fri 20 May. The deal is ongoing, but 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 membership 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 (7 deals)
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  • 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 (3 deals)

Wellbeing app discounts & free offers

Mobile phone contract offers

Other offers

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 the table below.

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

See our FREE uniform tax refund guide for full information on eligibility and how to claim.

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