NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Childcare and Carer Support

NHSBT offers a range of initiatives to employees who are looking for ways to improve their work life balance, whether it is childcare or carer issues.

Childcare Voucher Scheme

The Childcare Voucher scheme allows you to choose your own childcare provider, while taking advantage of Government concessions.  The Childcare Voucher Scheme is a salary sacrifice arrangement, which is an agreement between an employer and an employee where the employee gives up some of their contractual entitlement to salary in return for non-cash benefits. For more information about the impact of salary sacrifice visit the Salary Sacrifice page. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Childcare voucher scheme is now closed to new participants. If you joined the scheme previously and left after 30th October, 2017 and would like to re-join please contact Graham Bowditch, OD Manager (graham.bowditch@nhsbt.nhs.uk). For all other parents, you can visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ to find childcare options which suit you. 

For existing members: you can still use the mylifestyle portal to change your contributions each month. Election windows to change deductions usually open between the 6th and 23rd of each month. These changes will then come into effect the following months.

If you choose to leave the scheme, you’ll have 12 months in which you can decide to re-join. Many parents choose to reduce their monthly contributions to £1 to remain on the scheme during months in which they’ll not require vouchers (for example, school holidays).

Employee Assistance Programme

For support, you may also confidentially consult our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

The support they can provide is in the following areas:

Carer Support – EAP provides practical guidance and information, including factsheets on finding care homes, information and guidance on fees, transfer of assets, local authority’s duties and LA housing vs. private residential homes.

Childcare – EAP provides legal information in areas such as custody, contact and child maintenance. They also provide factsheets in finding childcare providers, regulation of providers.

Healthcare - EAP will connect you with a doctor link for any medical issues/concerns.

Financial – EAP can provide you with links to a debt charity who are able to provide you with comprehensive debt management support in order to support you in regaining control of your finances.

Counselling - EAP may also be able to provide an onsite counsellor for support.

They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

To use the programme:

Call 0800 716 017

Call (outside the UK) +44 1455 254151.

www.employeecare.com (access code and password: 72992)

Deadlines for Changing Voucher Contributions


Last Day to Change Benefits

Benefits Effective

CCV available in Employees accounts (Payday)

Tue 24-Sep-19


Wed 23-Oct-19

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