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Former student nurses share their top money-saving tips

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



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.


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 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 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.”

Clinical Updates

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.


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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Agenda for Change

Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scales & Bands 2019/20

The NHS Agenda for Change Pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers.



NHS Payslip

The Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scale system covers all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers.

The table below shows the transitional NHS Agenda for Change pay scales and bands for England in the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years. This transitional period started on the 1st of April 2018 following the NHS Pay Deal.

Full details of the new pay arrangements are available in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.


Agenda for Change Pay Scales & Bands

Spine points have been phased out following the 2018 changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service – thee have been replaced by years of service at that band.

The information below was accurate at the time of publication. 

Years of Experience2018/192019/202020/21
Band 1< 1 year£17,460£17,652£18,005
1+ years£17,460£17,652£18,005
Band 2< 1 year£17,460£17,652£18,005
1-2 years£17,460£17,652£18,005
2-3 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
3-4 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
4-5 years£17,460£17,652£19,337
5-6 years£17,787£17,983£19,337
6+ years£18,702£19,020£19,337
Band 3< 1 year£17,787£18,813£19,737
1-2 years£17,787£18,813£19,737
2-3 years£18,429£18,813£21,142
3-4 years£18,608£18,813£21,142
4-5 years£19,122£19,332£21,142
5-6 years£19,700£19,917£21,142
6+ years£20,448£20,795£21,142
Band 4< 1 year£20,150£21,089£21,892
1-2 years£20,150£21,089£21,892
2-3 years£20,859£21,089£21,892
3-4 years£21,582£21,819£24,157
4-5 years£22,238£22,482£24,157
5-6 years£22,460£22,707£24,157
6+ years£23,363£23,761£24,157
Band 5< 1 year£23,023£24,214£24,907
1-2 years£23,023£24,214£24,907
2-3 years£23,951£24,214£26,970
3-4 years£24,915£26,220£26,970
4-5 years£25,934£26,220£27,416
5-6 years£26,963£27,260£27,416
6-7 years£28,050£28,358£30,615
7+ years£29,608£30,112£30,615
Band 6< 1 year£28,050£30,401£31,365
1-2 years£28,050£30,401£31,365
2-3 years£29,177£30,401£33,176
3-4 years£30,070£32,525£33,176
4-5 years£31,121£32,525£33,176
5-6 years£32,171£32,525£33,779
6-7 years£33,222£33,587£33,779
7-8 years£34,403£34,782£37,890
8+ years£36,644£37,267£37,890
Band 7< 1 year£33,222£37,570£38,890
1-2 years£33,222£37,570£38,890
2-3 years£34,403£37,570£40,894
3-4 years£36,111£37,570£40,894
4-5 years£37,161£38,765£40,894
5-6 years£38,344£38,765£41,723
6-7 years£39,656£40,092£41,723
7-8 years£41,034£41,486£44,503
8+ years£43,041£43,772£44,503
Band 8A< 1 year£42,414£44,606£45,753
1-2 years£42,414£44,606£45,753
2-3 years£44,121£44,606£45,753
3-4 years£45,827£46,331*£45,753
4-5 years£47,798£48,324*£45,753
5+ years£49,969£50,819£51,668
Band 8B< 1 year£49,242£52,306£53,168
1-2 years£49,242£52,306£53,168
2-3 years£51,737£52,306£53,168
3-4 years£54,625£55,226*£53,168
4-5 years£57,515£58,148*£53,168
5+ years£59,964£60,983£62,001
Band 8C< 1 year£59,090£61,777£63,751
1-2 years£59,090£61,777£63,751
2-3 years£61,105£61,777£63,751
3-4 years£63,966£64,670*£63,751
4-5 years£68,256£69,007*£63,751
5+ years£71,243£72,597£73,664
Band 8D< 1 year£70,206£73,936£75,914
1-2 years£70,206£73,936£75,914
2-3 years£73,132£73,936£75,914
3-4 years£76,707£77,550*£75,914
4-5 years£80,606£81,493*£75,914
5+ years£85,333£86,687£87,754
Band 9< 1 year£84,507£89,537£91,004
1-2 years£84,507£89,537£91,004
2-3 years£88,563£89,537£91,004
3-4 years£92,814£93,835*£91,004
4-5 years£97,269£98,339*£91,004
5+ years£102,506£103,860£104,927

This information has been taken directly from NHS Employers. Each individual pay journey may differ slightly from the numbers above – this is due to one-off consolidated payments, removal of pay points and the complexities of the deal. You should use the Agenda for Change NHS Employers Pay Journey Tool for individualised figures.

Living in London?

Agenda for Change staff living in or around London will receive a supplementation on their basic pay. This is due to the increase in living costs associated with life in London.

  • Staff living in inner London will receive an extra 20% of basic salary.
  • Staff living in outer London will receive an extra 15% of basic salary.
  • Staff living on the fringe of London will receive an extra 5% of basic salary.

Depending on the trust you work for this is either integrated into your basic pay amount of shown on your payslip as a supplementary payment.

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