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Proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme including greater access for independent providers - January 2014

Published On: 23 January 2014

Summary

Following on from the implementation of new Fair Deal in October 2013, the Department of Health has published draft Regulations which propose allowing wider access to the NHS Pension Scheme – including for those employees of independent providers who are providing clinical services to the NHS, but did not originally TUPE transfer from the NHS to the independent provider. In addition, the draft NHSPS Regulations introduce new controls which will affect existing NHS and independent provider employers.

It is intended the changes will come into effect from 1 April 2014. Consultation on the draft Regulations closes on 10 February 2014. 

Background

As part of the wider reforms to public sector pension schemes, the Department of Health, HM Treasury, NHS and independent employers and NHS trade unions have undertaken a review of the NHS Pension Scheme ("NHSPS") with the aims of:

  • Supporting the Fair Deal reforms and a fairer pensions playing field by opening the NHSPS to all employers engaged in providing NHS clinical services;
  • Encouraging more flexibility in patient services by assisting staff to retain NHSPS membership when they move around the health sector and remain wholly or mainly engaged in NHS work;
  • Maintaining NHSPS membership levels and contribution income over the long term; and
  • Protecting the NHSPS and taxpayers through improved controls for all NHS employers.
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