New Starter Form - Employees
New Employee Completion Notes
These completion notes are provided to assist you in completing the new joiner questionnaire.
Please complete the questionnaire as fully as possible so that the correct assessment can be made.
Q1 – This question is to establish if you have any previous NHS Pension Scheme membership at the date of starting this new employment.
Q2 – This is to establish whether you will have any other NHS employments at the same time as your new role.
Q3 – You can only be pensionable in this Scheme up to whole time, therefore it is important that your employer knows how many hours you work in your other employment(s). Please make sure that you keep your employer/payroll informed if the situation changes.
Q4 – If you are continuing to work in another NHS post we need to know who your other NHS employment is with. This is important as there are reasons why you may not be eligible for the NHS Pension Scheme in two employments. The name of your other employer may be the same as the one you are starting with. Please note that if you are working for an NHS organisation through an employment agency, this does not count as NHS employment.
Q5 – If you are in receipt of any NHS pension benefits then you may not be eligible to rejoin the NHS Pension Scheme. However, by providing the information requested we will be able to make the correct assessment. We ask you to identify which Section or Scheme you were in (1995 Section, 2008 Section or 2015 Scheme) but if you are unsure then please tick the ‘Not known’.
Q6 – NHS service that has been counted in the calculation of a redundancy payment needs to be declared to ensure the correct assessment of your service. If you are in receipt of an NHS Pension as the result of redundancy, this will impact the assessment.
Q7 – If you have Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) arrangements with either Equitable life, Prudential or Standard Life through the NHS Pension Scheme then you need to inform the AVC provider that you are changing employer to ensure continuity can be considered.
Q8 – If you have either Added Years, Additional Pension purchase or Early Retirement Reduction Buy Out (ERRBO) through the NHS Pension Scheme it is essential that you confirm the details and provide a copy of the contract that was provided to you when you commenced the arrangement to ensure continuity of the arrangement.
Q9 – Please note that Mental Health Officer (MHO) status no longer applies to any post commenced after 6 March 1995. However, if you have previously held a post (in the last five years) that attracted MHO status and you believe the new post also qualifies for MHO status then you need to indicate this by ticking ‘Yes’ and completing the details of the previous employment.
Q10 – You may be able to transfer other pensions into the NHS Pension Scheme, however it is important to note that this can only be done:
- in the first 12 months of joining the Scheme if you are member of the 1995 Section
- within the first 12 months of becoming eligible to join the 2008 Section
- within the first 12 months of becoming eligible to join the 2015 Scheme.
If you would like to consider your option to transfer benefits, please tick the ‘Yes’ box and download the Transfer In Guide and application pack. If you say no but decide at a later date that you wish to consider a transfer (within the 12 month deadline) then you can obtain the Transfer In Guide and application pack from your employer or the NHS Pensions website (www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pensions). If you have previous NHS pension membership within England and Wales this will be automatically added to any new membership in the NHS Pension Scheme. If you have previous membership of the NHS Pension Scheme in Scotland or Northern Ireland, this will not be automatically linked. You must apply to transfer these benefits if you would like your membership to be added to your new membership in the NHS Pension Scheme (England and Wales).
If you wish to transfer from a scheme that participates in the Public Sector Transfer Club, please note that you must 'elect to proceed' with this transfer within 12 months of becoming eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme (an election to proceed is not a request for an estimate, it is the signed option form requesting payment of the transfer value).
Once the assessment has been made, you will be notified by your employer by the first pay day which Scheme you have been enrolled in, what the Scheme features are, the contribution rates and your options.
Assessment is not possible until your first payment is made.
Form last reviewed:25/07/19