Those working for the NHS are often seen as some of the hardest workers, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its benefits. Holidays, flexible working and childcare support are some of the best known benefits for its employees, but the chances are there are more advantages to being a part of the NHS than you realise.

Pension scheme

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The state pension scheme only provides a bare minimum level of support to help people to get by financially in their later years of life. Basic state pension is currently worth just £115.95 a week, which works out at just a touch over £6,000 a year.

It is evidently difficult to survive and have a decent standard of living on such a low amount of money, which is why the NHS pension scheme is so useful. Although it could be even better, the NHS pension scheme is without a doubt one of the strongest in the UK, entitling workers to a pension as well as a tax free lump sum when they retire.

Holidays

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Compared to a lot of workers in the private sector, holidays for NHS staff members are quite generous – although that time off is necessary to recharge the batteries and enjoy some much-needed down time with the family.

All NHS employees are entitled to 27 days of holiday a year as soon as they join the health service, with this figure rising to 29 days after five years. Once a person has been working for the NHS for a decade, they will get 33 days of holiday each year, with their loyalty to the NHS rewarded in the form of extra leave.

Childcare

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Working for the NHS is intended to feel like being part of a family, so it is only fair that the health service supports those who have children. Childcare support is provided for those working within the NHS in the form of childcare facilities that are located in the grounds of many hospitals, which may include nurseries for children aged six months to five years, as well as play schemes for children up to the age of 12.

Housing assistance

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It is arguably harder than ever to get a foot on the housing ladder, which is why one of the most important benefits for NHS employees is the provision of housing assistance. Interest-free loans are available to help workers to buy a house and there is also the key worker living programme, which helps staff members to buy affordable housing.

Flexible working

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Flexible working is one of the key employment trends of the 21st century and the NHS has tried hard to stay ahead of the curve in this area. Anyone who has a child under the age of six – or a disabled child under 18 – is able to work flexible hours to fit their work around their family commitments. Additional paid leave of three days a year is also available for those NHS workers who provide care for an independent adult.

One of the very best NHS employee benefits is that all workers have the right to apply for flexible working hours, which can be set to gain a much better balance between your work and home life.

Maternity leave

The NHS is one of the UK’s most progressive employers in terms of maternity leave. All women who work in the NHS are entitled to take maternity leave of 26 weeks – although this is subject to some terms and conditions – while new fathers can take ten days paid holiday a year.

Health Service Discounts

As the official NHS employee benefits partner for over 400 Trusts all over the country, we help more than a million NHS staff members to save hundreds of pounds every year.

By taking advantage of this service, NHS staff can save a bundle on their holidays, as well as travel insurance, banking and shopping and membership is free.

If you are not already signed up, make sure you register now to save money through Health Service Discounts.

Registration Link

 

Post Details Correct at Time Of Publishing. Last Updated 18/06/15

 

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Comments

  • Gina Balmer

    Hi i have recentley joined the NHS in October last year was wondering if you was a past employer can you carry your service on! i started in 1992 finished in 2005 many thanks

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    • Andy Fullard

      Andy Fullard Post author

      Hi Gina. Yes you can, have you previously registered with us? If not, here’s the link to register: http://www.healthservicediscounts.com/register-1
      If you’ve already been a member then we can check our database for you, we would just need your email address – if you coudl send that over a private message on Facebook that would be great. Thanks

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      • Gina Balmer

        Hi thanks for that but yea i am registered with you now i woud be so grateful if you could check my database! i am starting a new job still with NHS on 1st Feb back at Leigh Infirmary the hospital i originally worked at back in 1992. kind regards Gina

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        • Andy Fullard

          Andy Fullard Post author

          Hi Gina, if you could let us know which email address you have registered with, then we can check the database for you? Once you start your new job, if you then wish to update the email address then you can do that in your account. Thanks, Andy

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      • Quyen Hawkins

        Dear Andy, I like this article and finds it really useful. I just wonder if you could email email me further information regarding housing assistance please? Who to contact and what offers are available to NHS staff? I plan to buy a house within the next few months so this might give me some benefits. Thank you. Quyen Hawkins

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  • Gina Balmer

    hi i have sent you my e-mail address Thanks

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  • Virtual server

    Whichever area you join, you become part of a talented, passionate team of people, committed to providing the best care and treatment to patients. You will also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK.

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    • Andy Fullard

      Andy Fullard Post author

      Completely agree, every role within the NHS plays a huge and amazing part in looking after the health of the nation. The benefits that are available to them are a small way of saying thank you.

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  • Jacqui

    Hi there, I have been using NHS discounts for some years now, and have always found them great. However, recently I seem to be having issues with my account. I receive your emails ok, but once I try and click on a link to one of the deals, nothing happens, or the green ‘please wait’ screen appears but nothing else happens. My account also states that it is only 50% complete, yet there is no more information to give as far as I can see. I’m wondering if there is an issue with my account? It was working fine before, until I tried to use it via my phone!
    Many thanks for your help

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    • Andy Fullard

      Andy Fullard Post author

      Hi Jacqui. Thanks for getting in touch and I’m sorry you’ve been having trouble accessing our deals. It sounds like it could be an issue with our website on your WiFi, sometimes this happens and it doesn’t respond as it should. Could you try turning your WiFi off on your phone and using your 3G or 4G to access one of the deals? If this doesn’t work it could be an issue with the browser that you’re using, maybe try to access our website on a different browser to see if it works? In regards to the incomplete profile, have you entered the renewal dates for your energy bills into your account? Also, if you refer a friend to become a member this could boost your profile. I hope this helps, if not you can send me a private message on our Facebook page and I can explain further. Thanks, Andy

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  • fiona

    Hi can you tell me if I can refer friends to use the site free ? I was keen to book & pay for a room in a hotel for my parents but won’t be travelling with them. Can I use the discount, or camps they register & get the discount themselves ?

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  • Jill

    I will be retiring from the NHS after 35 years service, will I still be able to use NHS discounts or does this benefit cease? I will have my NHS pension

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  • marion brocklebank

    I have been told by a friend that I can apply for a health service discount card because I am a carer is this right Regards M Brocklebank

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