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The most immediate benefit for locums of being on the supplementary list of a health authority is that it opens the door to the NHS pension scheme. All GP locums will be able to register their NHS work from April 2001 and the Pensions Agency will make arrangements to record their pensionable earnings and contributions. Entry to the NHS pension scheme will be backdated to April 2001.

The government intends that GP locums will register and pay their pension scheme contributions to a single health authority and that health authority will pay the employer NHS contributions.

If you work as a GP locum and wish to join the NHS pension scheme you will need to maintain records of your NHS employment using new forms called GP locum A and GP locum B.
- You can download these and notes about their completion from the NHS Pensions Agency internet website at

- Alternatively phone the NHS Pensions Agency Distribution Centre on 0541 555455 quoting forms GP locum A and GP locum B

The pensions agency run a helpline for any queries about completing the forms on 01253 774678.

Information about pensions

LOCUM GP’s

The most immediate benefit for locums of being on the supplementary list of a health authority is that it opens the door to the NHS pension scheme. All GP locums will be able to register their NHS work from April 2001 and the Pensions Agency will make arrangements to record their pensionable earnings and contributions. Entry to the NHS pension scheme will be backdated to April 2001.

The government intends that GP locums will register and pay their pension scheme contributions to a single health authority and that health authority will pay the employer NHS contributions.

If you work as a GP locum and wish to join the NHS pension scheme you will need to maintain records of your NHS employment using new forms called GP locum A and GP locum B.
- You can download these and notes about their completion from the NHS Pensions Agency internet website at

- Alternatively phone the NHS Pensions Agency Distribution Centre on 0541 555455 quoting forms GP locum A and GP locum B

The pensions agency run a helpline for any queries about completing the forms on 01253 774678.

SALARIED GP’s

Salaried GP’s (regardless of the Model salaried GP contract) can join the NHS Pension Scheme as ‘assistant practitioners’ (or type 2 practitioners) and pension their earnings according to the dynamised total career earnings method for practitioners. As is the case for all GPs, pension and lump sum benefits are calculated based on total career earnings.

The earnings cap, which limits the amount of earnings and contributions to an occupational pension scheme, applies to those who joined after 1 June 1989. Details of this, as well as further information about the pension arrangements for salaried GP’s can be found in the BMA Pensions Department factsheet for GP’s :
http://www.bma.org.uk/pensions?OpenDocument?Login
(You will need BMA login username and password for this link)

Further details can be found on the NHS pension agency website
http://www.nhspa.gov.uk/nhspa_site/index.htm

 
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