The NHS Pension Scheme continues to be one of the most comprehensive and generous schemes within the UK. It is a key element of the overall reward package for staff and can be a valuable tool for recruitment and retention. Employers play a vital role in administering the scheme at a local level, communicating with staff and taking advantage of the benefits that the scheme can bring at an organisational level, such as utilising flexible retirement.
Information for individual members of the NHS Pension scheme
If you are a member of the NHS Pension Scheme, you can find details of the scheme on the NHS Pensions website. This includes factsheets for all staff including people who have left the scheme. Alternatively you can contact the NHS Pensions member helpline on 0300 3301 346. If you are working in the NHS and would like to join the NHS Pension Scheme, please speak to your local pension officer, payroll officer or HR department.
Future of the NHS Pension Scheme
The NHS Pension Scheme is currently undergoing significant change and modernisation. The Hutton final report, published in March 2011, contained recommendations for public sector pensions schemes which is leading to the development of a new 2015 NHS scheme.
As part of the discussions leading to the 2015 scheme it was agreed that a tripartite review would be carried out to explore the impact of linking Normal Pension Age to State Pension Age. The Working Longer Review is currently underway and has launched a national call for evidence to identify issues that may make working to a higher retirement age more difficult and look at good practice to help enable staff to continue working.
The 2011 Spending Review announced changes to the level of contributions made by NHS Pension Scheme members towards their pensions. This resulted in 3 years of increased contributions taking effect from April 2012.
NHS organisations are also currently fulfilling their duties around automatic enrolment following on from the Pensions Act 2008 and 2011. These duties require employers to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme.
NHS Employers continues to influence these developments by working with key stakeholders and partners. We provide information and guidance to support you in implementing these changes and work closely with you to understand your challenges and priorities.
If you would like to find out more about how we represent your interests, be involved in our work or have suggestions about how else we can support you, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.