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Membership

Change of member details

If you don’t have access to Pensions Online (POL), you can tell us about a change to a member’s details by completing the relevant form:

Change of employment details (SD55E) (PDF: 117KB)

Change of personal details (SD55G) (PDF: 102KB)
 

Calculating membership

Read the factsheets for more information about qualifying membership and calendar length membership. There are also examples showing how to calculate reckonable membership:

Calculating membership (PDF: 177KB)

Part time membership FAQs (PDF: 149KB)

Constructed values (PDF: 99.7KB)

Dismissal (Exit code 02) (PDF: 113KB)

Maximum membership and age restrictions (PDF: 364KB)
 

Mental Health Officer and Special Class status

Read the factsheet and guide for more information about Special Class, Mental Health Officers and calculating membership:

Mental Health Officer status factsheet (PDF: 204KB)

Special Class guide (PDF: 210KB)


Paid and unpaid leave

Read the Leave basic administration guide (PDF: 474KB) for more information about paid and unpaid leave.

Annual leave

The following explain how annual leave can affect a member’s pension:

  • Paid annual leave is pensionable when taken in the normal course of employment and contributions should be collected the normal way
     
  • If you operate flexible leave schemes, pension contributions, pensionable pay and membership should be maintained at the original level
     
  • If a member leaves pensionable employment with outstanding annual leave, the date of leaving should be extended by the number of annual leave days not taken
     
  • A member cannot be pensionable in more than one employment at the same time, if they equate to more than whole time
     
  • We will notify an employer if a start date or end date needs to be adjusted for pension purposes, due to overlapping employments with another employer
     
  • Whole time employments take priority over part time employments
     
  • Payments for annual leave should not be confused with payments made in lieu of notice, which are compensatory payments and non-pensionable

For example, a member is leaving one whole time employment and moving to one with another employer.

They finish on the Friday and start their new job the following Monday.

They have 3 weeks untaken annual leave owing from the first employer.

The period of leave is pensionable with the first employer and the member is not pensionable with the second employer.

Contributions for the new job should start in 3 weeks’ time.

Payments made in lieu of notice

Payments made by an employer in lieu of notice are not pensionable. They are compensation to an employee for breach of contract of employment.

No contributions are payable and the period covered by the payment is not membership because it is not a period of actual employment.

The date of termination of employment is the last day of membership.

Remember:

  • a period of paid notice is pensionable and extends membership
  • a payment made in lieu of notice is not pensionable and does not extend membership

Disallowed days

Disallowed days are recorded in circumstances where a member receives no pay.

Examples of this could include:

  • strike action
  • a period of unpaid sick leave

No pension contributions can be collected for these unpaid periods.

It is your responsibility to calculate the amount of pay lost.

NHS Employers have published guidance for strike days. You can read this on www.nhsemployers.org.

You should also determine the number of days the lost pay relates to and notify these to NHS Pensions as disallowed days. This is so the period does not count as membership for calculating benefits and is not included when calculating pensionable pay periods.

When a member is absent for less than a day

Contributions should not be deducted where a member is absent for a period of less than a day. For part time members, you should only record disallowed days, not hours.