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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS Life Assurance Scheme

Information is now available on the NHS & Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme, for staff performing frontline NHS or social care work.

You can apply for an adult dependant’s pension if you’re the spouse, civil partner or long term partner of a Scheme member who has died.

Read the survivor's guide (PDF: 283KB) before applying for a dependant's pension.

Watch our video for more information on bereavement benefits.

Download the video transcript (PDF: 152KB).

What you may get

Factsheets are available to explain some of the benefits payable from the NHS Pension Scheme:

Family benefits and life assurance factsheet (PDF: 180KB)1995 Section - death on re-employment (PDF: 163KB) Trivial commutation of an adult dependant's pension factsheet (PDF:246KB)

How to apply

If the member dies in service, you should tell their employer who will notify NHS Pensions. We will then issue a claim form to the relevant person.

If the member wasn’t in in active employment when they died, download and complete the Dependant claim form (PDF: 331KB) using the guidance within the form to help you.

The dependant claim form can be used to claim an adult dependant's pension and a children's pension. 

Death in respect of a Pension Credit

We cannot pay a lump sum on death benefit until we confirm the late member’s personal representative.Claim for a lump sum on death in respect of a Pension Credit (AW11PC) (PDF: 312KB)