Anyone who starts working for the NHS automatically becomes a member of the NHS Pension Scheme,this includes those employed by NHS trusts, general practice (GP) staff and medical, dental and ophthalmic practitioners. Those who work for employers that have been awarded Direction Body status can also join (this includes social enterprises and charities). There are numerous benefits from joining the NHS Pension Scheme. Contribution rates depend upon your gross annual salary (or full-time equivalent for part-time employees).
However, membership is voluntary and you can opt not to join and leave the Scheme at any time by completing the SD502 application form, emails or letters cannot be accepted. The SD 502 form should be downloaded, completed and sent to the payroll department for action. If you are in NHS employment you may rejoin the Scheme if you continue to satisfy eligibility conditions. You cannot rejoin if you are absent from work.
The NHS Pension Scheme has undergone significant changes that became effective on 1 April 2008. There are now two sections of the scheme (1995 and 2008). Further information can be found in the Who Can Join the Scheme section on the menu. The enclosed guideMembers Guide - SD Guide explains the main features of each section.
If you want an estimate of the benefits you will receive at retirement, please contact your Pensions Officer (if you do not know your personal contact, please visit the employee enquiriessection on the website). If you are planning to retire, please contact your Pensions Officer ensuring you provide at least 4months notice.