NHS Pension Scheme

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Information about NHS Pension Scheme

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 applies to those who aren't already in a pension scheme who:

  • Earn over a minimum amount (£10,000 a year/£833.33 a month - 2020/21 figures)
  • Are aged 22 or over
  • Are under state pension age
  • Work or usually work in the UK

Employees that are deemed eligible will be Auto-enrolled in to the NHS Pension Scheme. Auto-enrolment is processed when an employee starts with NHSBT.  A review of existing employees is done every three years. The next review is due in May 2022.

For information about the NHS Pension Scheme, please visit NHS Business Services Authority members hub.

NHS Pension Tiers

The NHS Pension Scheme requires regular review of employee's pensionable pay level to ensure that the correct contributions are paid. An outline on how these calculations are made can be found in the NHSBT Pension tiers and banding notes.

Opting out of NHS Pension Scheme

If you 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 Members Hub 'Opting out' Section.

Once completed the SD502 should be sent for processing to the Pay Support email address.

Joining the NHS Pension Scheme

If you have previously opted out of the NHS Pension Scheme, or were not eligible to join when you started with NHSBT, you may wish to manually join the NHS Pension Scheme. To join the NHS Pension Scheme complete both the NHS Pension Joining Form* and the NHS Pensions Scheme Equal Opportunity Form. The date of joining will be the first day of the pay period following the receipt of application. University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) will advise if there is any doubt of an employee's right to join the NHS Pension Scheme.

NHS Pension joining forms should be sent to:

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Blood and Transplant Pension Team
PO Box 16967
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B16 6TT

NHS Pension scheme administration for NHSBT is provided by University Hospital Birmingham (UHB). Any queries about your NHS pension should be directed to the UHB email address

*Form is only accessible if you are logged in to the NHSBT network (connection through Citrix/NHSBT Desktop). As a result it may take a moment to load.