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10 Amazing NHS Discounts you NEED to know about

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NHS Discounts

Tons of high street and online stores want to say ‘thank you’ for your hard work by offering exclusive NHS discounts.

You can view the latest and greatest exclusive discounts on sites such as; NHS Discount Offers & Health Service Discounts but here are a few of our favourites.

Your NHS Staff ID badge is, usually, sufficient to obtain any discounts.

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Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza offer up to 50% discount on their products on the production of your NHS ID badge. Contact your local store for details of the offer in your area as this many vary between different franchises.

Amazon Prime

Amazon offers it’s prime membership for £39 per year to students who hold a .ac.uk email address (usually student healthcare professionals or those doing post-graduate study). Amazon Prime includes access to Amazon Video, free next-day delivery, textbooks and exclusive discounts on products. You can register online to get a 6 month free trial plus £5 free Amazon credit (limited time promotion). 

Audible offers a 3 month free trial or 6 months for students (for a limited time). The trial includes 1 free audio book a month – which can either include best sellers or text book.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers offers thrill seeking NHS staff up to 40% discount on entry to the park. You need to book at least 24 hours before you intend to visit the park by contacting 0870 220 4000 and asking for the discount. You’ll then need to provide your NHS ID at the gate upon entry.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle offers up to 38% on gate prices. You need to book at least 24 hours before you intend to visit the park by contacting 0871 221 2878 and asking for the discount. You’ll then need to provide your NHS ID at the gate upon entry.

Nandos

Nandos offer 20% discount for all NHS Staff on the production of your NHS ID badge prior to ordering. This 20% Discount at Nandos is available for both Eat-in or Take-out orders over £5.90. Only one discount per person, per meal, per day.

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O2 offers NHS Staff up to 25% discount on the Airtime Plan of one O2 Refresh phone tariff, and one tablet or mobile broadband tariff. Purchase your handset from the O2 Store then once you’ve received it sign up to O2 Open.

Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park holds exclusive ‘blue light’ days which offer 30% discount on standard prices. Available for members of the Police Force, Ambulance Service and Fire Service. Employees must present a valid company ID card on arrival to validate this offer.

Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels offer up to 40% off room prices for NHS or government employees. Simply book online and select ‘Gov/Military rates’ or call 0808 109 9798.

Apple

Apple offers up to 10% discount on selected products when using their employee purchase program (EPP). You can view the EPP store online or call 0800 048 0408.

Superbreaks

Superbreaks offer up to 10% off hotels with optional discounted rail travel, Eurostar, flights, concert & events, theatre & dining.

Our advise is to always ask for an NHS Discount when buying products either in store or online – the worst a company can say is ‘no’.  Thank you to all the companies on the list for offering NHS employees an exclusive discount.

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Former student nurses share their top money-saving tips

“A nursing degree is very different to most undergraduate courses.”

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Student money saving tips

Direct from former student nurses, the Student Money Guide is packed with useful tips.

New nursing students should claim fuel reimbursements, car share, compare markets and supermarkets and seek second-hand textbooks to make their student funding, and part-time wages go as far as possible, updated advice from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says.

The College’s latest Student Money Guide for nursing is packed with useful information on childcare, travel expenses, charitable funding and tips for those moving into private rented accommodation.

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The top money-saving tips.

Direct from former student nurses, the guide offers some top money-saving tips, which include;

  1. Develop a good relationship with your bank – meet and go through all the options and accounts which will save you most money and give you the best interest rates
  2. Use online materials, the RCN Library for example, instead of buying textbooks – If you do buy them, try advertising on university notice boards for second-hand copies, or, have a look at www.abebooks.co.uk. Use cashback websites, such as Quidco, when making purchases.
  3. Get a Young Persons Rail Card if you spend over £72 a year on rail travel – all full-time students are eligible, regardless of age.
  4. Claim fuel reimbursement if you drive further to placement than to university – it is offered, so you might as well.
  5. Be penny-wise, seek out free pickings – go to sites like Freecycle for free furniture, kitchenware and bicycles.
  6. Check out your local discount warehouses for basics, cleaning products, toilet rolls, washing powder and buy these as a household to split the cost of a bulk buy – it is well worth it.
  7. Share lifts to placement and do food shops with fellow students.
  8. Make sure your supermarket shop is cheapest – check online comparison sites like mysupermarket.com ahead of your shop.
  9. Use your local butchers and market.
  10. Take a packed lunch and flask to university – you will save a small fortune and probably eat better.

Nursing is different to other degree courses.

Claire Cannings, Senior Welfare Adviser commented: “A nursing degree is very different to most undergraduate courses. The placement element means there is less time for part-time work, and the long shifts mean childcare and travel is often more expensive.

“Fluency with finances, brilliance with budgeting and keeping clued-up on things complimentary can pay dividends. This can, in turn, impact positively on study and well-being through a student’s learning years and beyond. It’s amazing how many grants and funds students are entirely unaware of which is why we’ve collated all the information they need in one place.

“While the RCN will still be making the case to Government to invest in nursing education, we hope the guide will continue to be a valuable resource to our current and potential members.”

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Induction framework for General Practice Nurses launched

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.

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The document provides a framework for both new and experienced general practice nurses.

NHS England, in collaboration with The QNI, has launched a new Induction Template for General Practice Nursing.

The Induction Template is has been designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in General Practice are well supported when taking their first career step in primary care.

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Not just useful for newly qualified nurses, the 51-page document provides an induction framework for all new general practice nurses, enabling them to develop key skills required for the role.

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.

Nursing associates, health care assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement may also find the template useful.

A great start to a long and exciting career’.

The author of the document, Queen’s Nurse and experienced nursing mentor and educator, Sharon Aldridge-Bent said; “Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice.

“This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting.”

Paul Vaughan, Head of Nursing Now England, responsible for the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan, said: “this new resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience of working in the sector and ensure they have a great start to their long and exciting career working general practice.”

The resource underpinned by General Practice – developing confidence, capability and capacity – A ten-point action plan for General Practice Nursing (2017) contributes towards the overall strategic goals outlined in the General Practice Five Year Forward View.

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