Let’s be honest, the majority of NHS workers don’t have it easy. The hours are unsociable, can be very long and does the pay really reflect the work you put in? The government may think it does, but fortunately, many organisations realise you deserve some extra recognition. I have created this NHS staff discount list so you don’t have to go trawling the internet to find the best deals.
NHS staff discount list
Below is a list of 10 of the best discounts currently available to NHS staff. Okay, so they may not be life-changing, but every little helps. And for anybody who remembers that slogan from Tesco… they don’t offer any deals.
Blue Light Card
Probably the best-known discount for NHS employees is the Blue Light Card. It’s free to join online or will cost you just £4.99 for 2 years if you want a physical card. I ended up buying the card because it gives you access to a bigger range of discounts.
The Blue Light Card gives you a discount on almost any service you can think of. Cinemas, insurance, theme parks, motoring and rather ironically, private healthcare. Plus, you can buy gift cards for major chains for a decent discount. You can take a look at my Blue Light Card review in further detail.
mylifestyle is available to almost all government employees. It’s free to join and is a site with multiple benefits. If you’re a parent spending a fortune on care for your kids, you can order childcare vouchers. Or if you fancy a new bike you can look at joining the Cycle to Work scheme.
But it doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of discounts available for almost all major chains across the UK. These come in the form of a gift card or e-gift card (for online shopping) and can save you anything from 1% up to 15% at your favourite stores. The major supermarkets are listed – imagine 3.5% off your weekly shop for life! And if that’s not enough, you can find discounts on holidays and days out.
The MySpree Card is a prepaid Visa card that you can add funds to (a minimum of £20). Once loaded, you can shop in a variety of shops and receive between 2-5% cashback, which is added the next time you top up your card. Current retailers include Argos, Halfords, and Asda. In total, around 50 retailers are included. And the best thing is, unlike many of the other discounts, this is exclusive to NHS workers.
The card costs £2.99 per year and you will need your NHS email address when signing up.
Domino’s offer NHS workers up to 50% off their order. However, you will need to check with your local store. Domino’s is a franchise which means offers from various stores will differ. My local will give 50% off (yay) but only if you collect (boo).
The downside is, the 50% off is available on pizzas only. Or so my local store says. Again, others seem to offer 50% off everything. If you search hard enough for Domino’s vouchers, these offer 50% off pizzas and sides.
According to the McDonalds website, some of their stores offer discounts to NHS employees. Similar to Domino’s, their stores are franchises so you will need to ask when you visit. Although that’s never much fun as you always get a different answer depending on who you speak to.
These discounts often include a free cheeseburger when you purchase an Extra Value Meal. Not great, but it all counts.
If you’re a lover of chicken (and I mean the cooked kind, not feathered) then pop to Nando’s. If you’re not, then visit elsewhere. However, Emergency Service workers receive 20% off for orders of a value up to £20. Ok, so not a massive amount, but it all counts.
All you need to do is show your ID badge when you pay. Make sure you also download the Nando’s app so you can earn free meals when you collect enough stamps.
Mobile phone networks
Most of the major network providers offer a discount for NHS employees with the exception of Three.
NHS staff receive 15% off SIM only plans or SIM plans with a device. To claim, you need to provide a National Health Service email address. If you don’t have one, you can visit a Vodafone store and take a payslip and your ID badge. The only downside is that you need to pay a £10 membership fee, which is charged on your first bill.
Another bonus is that a nominated friend or family member can also receive a discount too. You can apply online or instore.
Not to be outdone by Vodafone, o2 will give you up to 25% off an airtime contract when you purchase a brand new phone or tablet on o2 refresh.
Once you purchase the device, you have 28 days to claim your discount. However, you cannot claim if you bought your airtime through a 3rd party such as Carphone Warehouse. It only works if you purchase straight through o2.
Whether this is a great bargain or not does depend on how much your new device costs you. Take a look at o2 Open for more details.
Employees of emergency services, plus their friends and family can receive a 20% discount on selected pay monthly plans.
You can earn your discount online, in-store or through their call centre. You can look at the EE site for more details.
If you fancy getting away from it all, Hilton Hotels offers up to 40% off to NHS staff. With over 40 hotels in London alone, you really are spoilt for choice. And it’s easy to book too. Give them a call or book online and select Gov/Military rates.
But… a word of warning. When I checked prices, I noticed that due to a sale, normal hotel prices were cheaper than Government rates. Make sure you check prices carefully!
So not the cheapest of products, but a discount is a discount. You can get up to 10% off of Apple products through their Employee Purchase Program.
At the time of writing, an iPhone XR will cost £749 normally and £734.40 through the discount scheme. Although at no point did I need to prove who I worked for.
You can find out more here.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of NHS staff discounts. There are plenty of smaller retailers that want to say a big thank you too. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. But remember that with many of these discounts you will need to prove that you work for the NHS, so don’t forget your ID!
I hope this NHS staff discount list will prove useful for you. If you know of any decent offers I have missed, then let me know below.
And don’t forget that if you wear a uniform for work, you could be entitled to a tax rebate. Find out how to claim yours for free.