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Half Cost Added Years

You may be able to buy membership back as added years at half cost if you:

  • are a member of the 1995 Section
  • had Scheme membership refunded on or before 6 April 1978 (or a later period when you were a self-employed practitioner)

The option to buy full cost Added Years closed to new applications on 31 March 2009.

Read the Half Cost Added Years factsheet (PDF: 38KB) for more information.

How to apply

Contact us to make a written request by post or email.


  • the dates of the refunded membership
  • details of any previous surnames you may have had


Information for 1995/2008 members on additional voluntary contributions for additional pension or added years 

From 1 April 2022 all active members of the NHS Pension Scheme will be members of the 2015 Scheme. 

If you currently pay additional voluntary contributions, your payments will continue after you move to the 2015 Scheme from 1 April 2022. You can still pay additional contributions until the end of the contract, the day before a 12-month break begins, or the day you retire – whichever date is earliest.  

If you’re currently a 1995 Section member and your chosen birthday has passed or is less than 6 months before you moved to the 2015 Scheme, we’ll write to you within 3 months of 1 April 2022 to explain how you could elect to have your AVC benefits paid without having to retire. You’ll then have 3 months to tell us what you’d like to do. We’ll share more information on this webpage once we start writing to affected members.