NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with the Money Advice Service to provide all health and social care staff with free and independent financial support.
There are a variety of financial support offers that you are able to access:
- National Express Discount - Get 10% on all National Express West Midlands products
- Money Advice Service - Offers free and impartial money advice and is set up by the government.
- Free Telephone Support Line - NHS people can call this support line 0800 448 0826, provided by the Money Advice Service for free and impartial money advice. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
- WhatsApp Support Contact - Add 07701 342 744 to your WhatsApp and send the Money Advice Service national support team a message for help with sorting out your debts, credit questions and pensions guidance.
- Online Chat Portal - Chat to one of the Money Advice Service team on their online portal.
- Wagestream allows staff to access a range of financial wellbeing tools including tracking your earnings in real-time, saving money directly from your pay, advice on financial tips, and InstantPay which allows you to access 20% of your earnings early to deal with financial emergencies.
Webinars for NHS Staff
There are also regular webinars arranged for NHS Staff, some of which include financial advice and signposting. Information for future sessions of these can be found here. Previous webinars can also be found on the website:
- Hidden figures - Talking about money in difficult circumstances for all NHS staff
- Financial Wellbeing: Mastering your Money & Creating Healthy Habits
- Financial Wellbeing: Saving for goals, financial independence and your wellbeing
- Financial Webinar - Money and Pensions Service
Support is also availabe through the following resources:
- Cavell Nurses' Trust - a charity that provides practical and financial support for UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
- Lamplight Support Service - telephone support service in partnership with the RCN, that supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are dealing with financial hardship.
- Money to the Masses Podcast - useful information on how to save, make or spend money wisely.
- NHS People Financial Wellbeing Guide - This guide for employers gives an insight into the context, challenges and resources supporting financial wellbeing.
- Stop Loan Sharks - Providing specialist support, help and advice for victims of loan sharks during this difficult time.
- Money Helper - a site ran by Money and Pensions Service.
- Turn2Us - A national charity that provides practical support when people are struggling financially. They have a useful benefit calculator on their website, and you can also search for charities who may be able to provide you with grants to buy essential items.
- Citizens' Advice Bureau - Most areas have a local Citizens Advice Bureau who give advice on debt and benefits. You can find your local Citizens Advice on their website.
- Money Toolkit by Mental Health Money & Advice
- Mind - have a page explaining the link between money and mental health.
- Very Well Mind - Understanding and Preventing Financial Stress.
- StepChange - Debt Charity provides free debt advice and a wide range of debt solutions. Visit their website or call 0800 138 1111.
- National Debt Line - is a charity that gives free debt advice by phone and webchat. Visit their website or call 0808 808 4000.
- Money Advice Service - set up by the government and offers free, impartial money advice. Visit their website or call 0800 448 0814.
- British Legion - Everyday Needs Grant - For any veterans we have working in Health & Social Care, The Royal British Legion, supporting the Armed Forces community, has launched a new grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The initiative will provide non-repayable emergency grants of up to £2,400 a year (£200 a month), and is available across the UK.