NHS Pension Scheme - An Overview

Anyone who starts working for the NHS automatically becomes a member of the NHS Pension Scheme, but membership is voluntary and you can opt not to join and leave the Scheme at any time by completing form SD502. This form is available on this website.

The NHS Pension Scheme has undergone significant changes that became effective on 1 April 2008. Members should read the Members Guide - SD Guide to find out more about the Section they are in: To determine which Section you are in, or can join, refer to the flowchart in the Members Guide.

There is more information for people who have been part of the NHS Pension Scheme previously and rejoin on or after 1 April 2008. Please see the Deferred Members Section.

Further information about various aspects of the NHS Pension Scheme can be found on this website in the left hand navigation under Members.