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The Working Longer Group (WLG) has worked collaboratively to develop resources for employers and employees. 

The resources will help organisations prepare for the challenges that an ageing workforce will bring. They are easy to access, download and share with colleagues. 

Please note: The NHS Staff Council has agreed the NHS Working Longer Group has fulfilled its purpose and has therefore formally ended the role of the group. The resources produced by the group will remain available for organisations to use. The NHS Staff Council and its sub groups will take forward any future work.



The ageing workforce: resources for managers, staff and their representatives
  • Resource for managers: this resource will enable managers to find information on the challenges and opportunities an ageing workforce might present. It includes key points to consider, actions to take forward and links to useful information and resources.
  • Resource for staff and their representatives: this resource has been developed to provide information about the changes to the pension scheme retirement age; and on the anxieties, challenges and opportunities that working to a raised retirement age might present.
Infographics from the Working Longer Group
  • Our engaging and informative employer infographic highlights key facts about the ageing NHS workforce and what you can do as an employer to support your staff.
  • Our staff infographic highlights the important facts about the ageing workforce in the NHS, things staff should consider during their career regarding retirement and some of the common misconceptions. 
Improving your understanding of the NHS Pension Scheme: Information for HR teams


Over 70 per cent of NHS staff will not be able to access their full pension benefits until they are in their mid to late 60s. Our pensions pages can help HR teams fully understand the NHS Pension Scheme and its provisions from a strategic workforce planning perspective. This will enable HR teams to support staff to work to their later retirement age.
Age awareness toolkit
Our toolkit is designed to help employers work in partnership with trade union colleagues to create organisational awareness of the opportunities and challenges associated with an ageing workforce.
Implementing health and safety recommendations - guidance on job design and occupational health
The NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has produced resources to support employers to implement the health and safety recommendations made by the NHS Working Longer Group's preliminary findings and recommendations report. The guidance focuses on the topics of job design and the working environment, and occupational health, safety and wellbeing.
An ageing workforce and your organisation - video
In our video members of the WLG discuss the ageing NHS workforce, its implications for staff, individuals, organisations and patients. The video includes key ageing workforce statistics and what some NHS organisations are already doing to prepare.


Flexible retirement quick guides and poster     

Our factsheets for employers and employees introduce the retirement flexibilities available to members of the NHS Pension Scheme and how you can apply them to support your staff to work longer.

Our flexible retirement options checklist poster clearly shows which retirement flexibility option is available to individuals in each of the NHS Pension Scheme sections or schemes.

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