North Staffs Nurse uses tax rebate to visit family


Febe Ordono works as a staff nurse at the North Staffordshire hospital in Stoke on Trent.

Following a friend’s recommendation, she made a claim through Healthcare Worker Tax Rebate and received nearly £200 back from HMRC towards the cost of cleaning her work uniform.

In April 2005, Febe arrived in the UK from the Philippines and went to work in Birmingham at a home for the elderly. She then moved on to the Frail and Elderly Assessment Unit at the North Staffordshire Hospital in 2012.

Febe said her work could often be very demanding with twelve hour shift patterns and some of the patients displaying very challenging behaviour, due to their medical conditions.

She said: “You have to use all of your skills and resources in some often difficult situations”.

Febe has always been a fan of travelling and said she was happy to be in the UK as it gave her a good base for travelling easily around Europe. So far she has been to Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Italy, Spain, Hungary and New York.

Her parents still live in the Philippines, but she is able to Skype or telephone them regularly, while her extended family are mainly located in Italy and she often travels to see them.

She has also maintained a foothold in her native country by investing in an apartment, but is currently deciding what to do with the project.

The extra money from her tax rebate came as a big bonus to Febe, in helping her to visit friends and family, who are scattered all over the world.

She said: “I couldn’t believe how easy and quick it was to fill out the form. I have told other nurses about it but am surprised at their reaction. I think they do not believe it, but it’s true, you can get a tax rebate for the costs of your working uniform."