NHS Blood and Transplant

Pensions

To help people save more for their retirement, the government now requires employers, including NHSBT, to enrol their workers into a workplace pension scheme.  This is called Auto-enrolment.

Auto-enrolment assessment from May 2013 onwards

New members of staff, who are entitled to, will automatically join the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) on commencement.  However membership is voluntary and you can opt to leave at any time.

For easy access to information about the NHS Pension Scheme go to the NHS Business Services Authority member hub.

If you are not entitled to join the NHS Pension Scheme then you will be assessed and may be auto-enrolled into the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

For information about the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) go to NEST.

Joining the NHS Pension Scheme

To join the NHS Pension Scheme complete the NHS Pension Joining form* and the NHS Pension Scheme Equal Opportunity Form. The date of joining will be the first day of the pay period following the receipt of the application.  SBS will advise if there is any doubt of an employee's right to rejoin the NHSPS.

NHS Pension joining or opt-out forms should be sent to:

918 – NHSBT Payroll Team
NHS SBS Payroll Department
Waterside House
Town Quay
Southampton
Hampshire SO14 2AQ 

NHS Pension Scheme administration for NHSBT is provided by the NHS Shared Business Services Pensions Department.

Opting out of NHS Pension Scheme

If do not wish to join, or remain in the NHS Pension Scheme you can choose to opt-out.  Make sure you fully understand the benefits you are giving up before completing form SD502 to opt-out.  Form SD502 is available from the NHS Business Services Authority; Member hub; Options on leaving the scheme; 'Opting out' section

Please note that any link which is denoted with an asterisk (*) will only be accessible with a successful NHSBT network connection through Citrix/NHSBT Desktop - as a result it may take a moment to load.

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