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Help with energy bills and cost of living

Help for households

Get government cost of living support

Get Plymouth City Council cost of living support

Salary Finance has created a guide to coping with the cost of living squeeze. This includes information about groceries, utilities, insurance, debt and energy. Read the guide

Help with food and other lifestyle savings

UHP’s employee assistance provider ‘Vivup’, offers a number of discounts on supermarkets, utilities, cars and commuting, home, garden and pets. Find out more in the Cost of Living Benefits Guide, and create your account at

Help with water or energy charges

Struggling with water or energy charges? Find further support from Ask Bill

Help with fuel vouchers

If you are struggling to keep you pre-payment meter topped up, there is support to help you when it’s tough. Emergency fuel vouchers give your meter a boost while you get back on your feet. Contact your supplier right away and ask them for help.


Help with travel costs


The cost of a car isn’t just the amount you paid to buy it. There are insurance costs, servicing costs and everything else over the course of a year you’ll need to pay to keep the car running safely and legally. Money Helper has a car costs calculator to help you work out how much it will cost to run a particular car.

Use the car costs calculator

Car hire - are offering up to 10% off car hire to NHS staff. Email from your NHS email account with you rental requirements for a personalised quotation.


UHP Staff Car Parking

We are pleased to share that as an interim measure from 1 November 2022 the cost of staff parking on site for permit holders will be reduced to £1 per day. Any credit existing on pre-paid cards will be deducted at £1 from this date. 

Paying by salary deduction may help with the cost of parking. Please visit StaffNET for more information and a car parking part time calculator.

The permit application system is closed as the site is over-capacity. For staff members with exceptional circumstances, please email

Payment is via parking machines. If you park in the North West Quadrant car park, ‘gravel pit’ (NWQ). You can pay at the parking cabin. For queries, please email Due to capacity, the NWQ gravel pit car park is closed to new applicants.

For other parking enquiries, email

Free parking for night shifts

For staff who work nights, from 1 June 2022, parking is free on site from 7pm to 8am.

Disabled parking is free. Blue badge parking can be found in Car Park A, Staff D and C- the blue badge must be taken to the parking desk to be added to our staff list.


Park and Ride

As an interim measure to support staff through the cost of living crisis, as of 1 November 2022, there will be free bus travel to and from the George Park & Ride. 

The George Park & Ride: it's a short walk away from the hospital and also serviced by direct buses; Stagecoach 1 and Citybus service 42A and 42C.

Coypool Park & Ride: no direct service from the carpark, but Citybus service 51 stops at Argosy house, which is just a 5 minute walk away.

Milehouse Park and Ride: Citybus service 34 stops on Outland Road and goes straight to the hospital, using bus lanes for most of the journey.

For more information about The George Park and Ride, Coypool Park and Ride and Milehouse Park and Ride, visit the council website.  


Bus travel

As an interim measure to support staff through the cost of living crisis, from the 1 November 2022 a £20 per month travel card will be introduced with Stagecoach and Citybus. See how to get your tickets on StaffNET (link will only work on Trust devices).

Stagecoach are offering 30% discount, and Plymouth Citybus are offering 10% discount to UHP staff with valid NHS email addresses on their 7 day passes. You will need to download their apps on your phone and buy the tickets through it. The instructions to activate the staff only offer are on Staffnet (please note the link to Staffnet will only work from a Trust device).



Cycling - Sustrans: Bicycle loan and hire, equipment and gear, Bicycle repair or maintenance

Through our Cycle to Work employee benefit with Vivup, you can save up to 43%* on big brand bikes and safety equipment for your journey to and from work, enabling you to experience all the benefits of regular biking while enjoying a little more money in your pocket.  Whether you’re looking for a hardy mountain bike, a versatile hybrid or a reliable road bike, you’re sure to find the right model to suit your journey and riding style from some of the most popular manufacturers.  Get started at

*Savings are realised through a salary sacrifice arrangement. Excluding disposal fee (if applicable). Figures are a guide only and dependent on personal situation.


Corporate Childcare Salary Sacrifice Scheme - Happy Days Nursery  

By opting into the corporate scheme you will save approximately 30%* of your childcare costs.   The scheme runs for a period of 12 months from 1st December until 30th November annually.  You can join the scheme on the 1st of the month; if you want to leave the scheme this must be at the end of the month (as the scheme does not allow you to join or leave part-way through a month or re-join within the same scheme year).  Your salary will reduce when you enter the scheme and this will be reflected in your payslip.  You will be issued with a letter confirming your new salary which will act as an amendment to your contract.   For more information about the scheme please contact the HR People Team on 01752 437042 or by email at:    Happy Days Nursery is open from 7.00am to 6.00pm (7.00am to 7.00pm upon request) and is based at Unit 3a and 3b, Derriford Business Park. To make an enquiry or book a tour please contact the nursery on 01752 786318 or email:

*Applicable savings: Tax, NI and Pension contributions.


Tax Free Childcare

The Government’s Tax-free Childcare scheme offers up to £2,000 a year per child towards childcare costs, including nursery, childminder and wrap-around care.  Your child must be aged 11 or younger (or 16 if your child has a disability).  It essentially gives you basic-rate tax back on your bill.  To find out if you are eligible and how much you could save go to


Help with food and other lifestyle savings

UHP’s employee assistance provider ‘Vivup’, offers a number of discounts on supermarkets, utilities, cars and commuting, home, garden and pets. Find out more in the Cost of Living Guide, and create your account at


Buying food at work

Value meal deals will be introduced in the restaurant and discounted, and at-cost food will be available at Derriford Centre for Health and Wellbeing (DCHW). At Goodness and Greens restaurant on Level 7, there will be value meals such as £2 for soup, £3 for a sandwich and hot drink and £4 for a jacket potato.

At DCHW, the teams will be working hard to produce home cooked meals for £2.00 each.  These are made and designed to take away and are available between 11:30 and 19:00. The daily specials will have a great selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options featuring chilli and rice; chicken, sweet potato and coconut curry and rice; cottage pie; and vegetable bean chilli and rice. There will also be a 25% discount on the main lunch menu at the Lounge at DCHW.

DCHW Budget meals  25% off


Goodness at greens 1  Goodness at greens menu  Fresh from warrens menu


Gambling Support: For free confidential advice and help, the National Gambling Helpline is available 24/7, on 0808 8020 133 or Gambiling support live chat. also provides information and advice to help keep people safe from gambling harms, and signposts those that need immediate help and support to the National Gambling Helpline, operated by GamCare,


Discount and cashback websites

Health Service Discounts

Blue Light Card


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