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Joiners

Use the Scheme Identifier to help you identify which Section or Scheme an employee should be in.

What you need to do

  1. Read the new joiner factsheet (PDF: 347KB) for instructions on how to enrol a new member into the Scheme and complete the new employee questionnaire (Word: 325KB).
  2. You may also find the capacity codes list (PDF: 245KB) useful.

Re-employment forms

Use our forms to notify Paymaster if you have:

  • an NHS pensioner who wants to return to NHS employment
  • a change to a re-employed pensioner’s circumstances

Re-employment of an NHS pensioner (AW140) (PDF: 95KB)

Change of circumstances for a re-employed NHS pensioner (AW140A) (PDF: 101KB)

Auto enrolment

Employers must automatically enrol eligible staff into a qualifying workplace pension.

The NHS Pension Scheme is the default Scheme for all NHS employees.

Employees need to actively opt out of the Scheme if they don’t want to pay into it.

Read our Auto enrolment employer guide (PDF: 223KB).

Eligibility

You must auto enrol eligible staff into the Scheme if they are aged between 22 and State Pension Age.

It’s your responsibility to identify which staff are eligible for the Scheme. The NHS Employers’ website has information to help identify the eligibility of your workforce.

Not all staff are eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme. Those who aren’t must be automatically enroled into alternative pension arrangements.

Suggested letters to explain auto enrolment to employees are also available.

    Further information

    NHS Employers

    The NHS Employers’ website has seven key steps to prepare for auto enrolment and FAQs. They have an auto enrolment 'lessons learnt' document that you may find useful.

    The Pensions Regulator

    Their Planning for auto enrolment  webpage is aimed at smaller organisations.

    It allows employers to make a plan to help prepare for and meet auto enrolment requirements.

    There’s also information about your staging date and detailed guidance about auto enrolment.

    FAQs

    We have produced our own set of auto enrolment FAQs (PDF: 141KB) for:

    • Employing Authorities
    • GP Practices
    • Direction employers