Permanent Injury Benefit

This Scheme applies only to employees who sustain an injury or contract a disease before the 31 March 2013. Further details can be found here.

Permanent Injury Benefit (PIB) is available to NHS staff who suffer a permanent reduction in their earning ability from employment of more than 10%. It can be paid if the number of hours the employee can work is permanently reduced; if they have to change to a lower paid job; or if they have to leave their NHS employment. It is not payable if the permanent reduction in the employee’s earning ability is 10% or less.

The allowance is intended to top up the employee’s income to a percentage of their average pay, dependent on length or service and the permanent reduction in earning ability.

To qualify for PIB, the NHS Pensions Division must be satisfied that an individual has suffered a permanent reduction in their earning ability of more than 10% as a result of an injury or disease that is wholly or mainly attributable to their actual NHS duties.

Benefit awarded will be reduced, however, by income received by the applicant from a specific range of sources: these are pensions, some social security benefits, and compensation received in connection with the illness or injury in question.

A lump sum may also be payable if the applicant’s NHS employment ends because of the injury or illness. This is also a percentage of the applicant’s average pay, but unlike the PIB allowance, it is not connected to the length of service.