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How to Claim Tax Relief for Healthcare Workers

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How to Claim Tax Relief for Healthcare Workers

If you are a UK taxpayer and work in healthcare you can claim tax relief and you might even be entitled to a tax rebate. To be entitled to tax relief you must be a Nurse, Doctor, HCA or other allied healthcare professional.

There are a lot of companies online who can do this for you although they charge a large fee, usually between 20 to 50 percent, this is unjustified because its something you can do yourself with very little work. This page will show you how to claim your tax relief and tax rebate yourself, it will cost you no more than a stamp.

You are entitled to tax relief on the following items:

  • Professional Registration Fees such as the NMC, GMC, HPC etc.
  • Union Fees such as the RCN, Unison, BMA etc.
  • Subscriptions to the Nursing Standard etc.
  • Laundry costs for your uniforms.
  • Yearly sock and shoe allowance.

The great news is – it’s fantastically simply to apply for your tax relief and maybe even a substantial tax refund. Sadly however refund claims are limited to the previous 4 tax years.

You should specify on the form how, if you are eligible, you want to be paid your back payment. You have two options, one is a cheque, the other is a tax-code adjustment.

If you are a Nurse or Midwife – You can find the RCN ‘Tax Relief’ form here: TAX RELIEF.

If you are a HCA or MSW – You can find the RCN ‘Tax Relief’ form here: TAX RELIEF.

If you are a Doctor – You should login to your BMA account and you can download the form here.

If you are an AHPC – The HPC recommend you contact HMRC by telephone or use this form.

* It is not mandatory that you are a member of the RCN to use the form, simply supplement the RCN specific information with Unison, Unite etc. 

Send completed forms to:   PAYE AND SELF ASSESSMENT, HMRC, BX9 1AS.  You should hear back within 4 to 6 weeks. 

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Patients are being mislead by unregistered staff using the “Nurse” title

Ian Snug



Patients are being mislead by unregistered staff using the "Nurse" title

Leading nurses warn that organisations are employing unregistered care staff with job titles describing them as “nurses”.

A study has that found hundreds of roles which do not require Nursing and Midwifery Council registration used the term “Nurse” in the job title.  This, understandably, has caused concern that patients are being misled and staff could be working beyond their competence.

According to the Health Service Journal, Jane Cummings, Englands’ Chief Nursing Officer, has written to NHS leaders calling for them to ensure staff who use the nurse title are in fact registered nurses.

We found several examples, on the NHS jobs website, of positions which utilise the “Nurse” title but do not require an NMC Registration to apply;

  • Assistant Nurse Practitioner.
  • Enhanced Supervision Nurse.
  • Clinical Support Nurse.
  • Associate Nurse.
  • Complex Support Nurse.
  • Assistant Nurse.
  • Auxilliary Nurse.
  • Nurse Support Worker.

Jackie Smith, the NMC’s Chief Executive and Registrar, has previously said;

“If individuals are calling themselves nurses and they are not on our register, then from a patient perspective that is quite worrying. Employers should not mislead patients into thinking the person in front of them is a registered nurse when they are not. They have a duty to make that clear to patients”.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, said:

“Support workers play an extremely important role but there must always be a clear distinction between them and trained nurses.

“As the shortage of nurses begins to bite, the NHS is increasingly filling shifts with more unregistered care staff. They do not have the qualifications and training of registered nurses and it is unfair on the all sides, not least patients, when they replace more qualified staff.

“The Government must not allow nursing on the cheap. When the number of registered nurses on shift falls, it is patient outcomes and mortality rates that are adversely affected.”

Presently, only the title “Registered Nurse” is protected but staff are calling for the title “Nurse” to also be protected.

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MP insists nurses are already well paid compared to hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters

James M




MP insists nurses are already well paid compared to hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters

An MP has come under fire for saying that nurses are already well paid when compared to hairdressers, plumbers and carpenters in his constituency.

During last weeks debate on scrapping the NHS pay cap, Conservative MP Eddie Hughes said he wanted to ‘bring some context’ to the argument and went on to say that NHS staff already have a good deal when compared to hairdressers, plumbers and carpenters in his Walsall constituency.

But, Hughes has come under fire from NHS staff with nurses reiterating the issue not just about pay. The significant real-terms has also caused many nurses to turn to food banks and caused further issues with staff recruitment and retention as student nurse numbers significantly are affected.

Valerie Vaz, the Labour MP for Walsall South, said his comments ‘echoed the government’s contempt for our NHS workers’ and went on to reiterate that nurses are being forced to use food banks to make ends meet and NHS.

Speaking in Parliament, Eddie Hughes, said;

“I completely welcome the hard work that is done by NHS staff up and down the country, but please let me bring some context to the debate.

“The average income in my constituency is £440 a week, which is approximately £23,000 a year. I intend to advocate on behalf of all my constituents, not just those who work in the public sector. The average salary in my constituency is £23,000, which is about the same as a qualified nurse starts on.

“Many workers in my constituency are employed as hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters, and what pay rise do they get? They have had to work hard every year for their pay, and when we make the comparison using other factors, such as pension schemes, we see that in order to earn the same sort of pension a plumber would need to be putting away 43 per cent of their salary. Yes, we value the public sector in this country, but the Conservatives value all the workers in this country.”

You can view Eddie Hughe’s speech here.

Mike Adams, regional director of the Royal College of Nursing in the West Midlands, said; “They deserve nothing less than fair pay. As it is, we know many nurses work over their hours without pay as a result of staying on after the scheduled end of their shift or working through their breaks to ensure patients are well cared-for”.

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