Can apply whilst working, if unemployed and when retired including those that have been referred to NMC or suspended awaiting NMC decision. Nurses and midwives that been struck off the NMC register are referred to the Partnership Working Group (PWG) Committee for consideration.
Can apply whilst working, if unemployed and when retired. Must have completed a minimum of three years’ service as a Nursing Associate or Nursing Support Worker in the UK.
Can apply whilst working, if unemployed and when retired. Must have completed a minimum of three years’ service in the UK. A nursing support worker includes Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners that work providing health or social care under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor.
Must have completed a minimum of three years’ service as a nursing degree apprentice or nursing support worker in the UK.
Can apply if their funding (which may include a bursary or student loan) for their UK programme of study has stopped due to illness. Students and apprentices fleeing domestic abuse or who have experienced a bereavement of a partner that they co-habited with are also eligible to apply.
The individual applying will generally have experienced a change of circumstance. A change in circumstance can refer to unexpected expenditure as well as reduced income. The individual will be assessed to check whether they fulfil one or both of the following:
Savings is capital that an individual, their partner, and/or dependent children can access at the point of application (when the account is in the parent’s name).
When applying for general support (i.e. support with day to day costs) the following saving limits apply (this includes the savings of a partner and dependent children):
When applying for support with one-off costs – such as disability adaptations – these limits do not apply. The cost of that being applied for and the individual’s ability to meet the cost within a reasonable time-frame will be primary consideration.
To be successful in an application for funding, an individual must:
*Debts include credit cards, loans, store cards, hire purchase agreements, and council tax arrears, utility arrears and mortgage arrears. We also cannot consider payments to Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA) and Debt Management Plans.
When there is no disposable income to set up a repayment plan or housing is at risk, support toward the repayment of priority debts can be considered, as can payment toward bankruptcy fees and Debt Relief Orders (DROs).
The following steps make up an application for financial assistance:
1.) Read this guidance in full to check to see if an application is appropriate
2.) Contact RCN Direct to schedule a telephone appointment with the Lamplight Support Service
Lines are open 8:30am - 8:30pm, 7 days a week.
3.) Complete a Pre-appointment Questionnaire (PAQ) at least two days ahead of your appointment. This will ask details on your household, income and expenditure.
4.) Have your telephone appointment with a Lamplight adviser.
You will be advised on benefit entitlement during your appointment and expected to make any claims for benefits that you may be eligible for. Lamplight would also expect you to take reasonable steps to increase household income (e.g. rent a spare room out, working additional hours) and reduce non-essential household outgoings. This includes a partner’s income/expenditure and contributions from non-dependants. The adviser may require you to seek specialist debt advice before agreeing your eligibility.
5.) If you are deemed eligible for financial assistance, you would need to return documentation. The adviser will outline this in their correspondence. Please note, not everyone is eligible for financial assistance as grants are means-tested. A final decision can only be made once all documentation has been sent to Lamplight.
There is no need to provide documentation until after a telephone appointment with the Lamplight Support Service has taken place. If you are eligible to apply, the adviser will write to you outlining the exact documents we need you to send.
The documentation an individual will need to supply will vary depending on the type of application they are making. At a minimum they will need to supply:
If an individual is applying for support with costs associated with their health, we will require supporting medical documentation.