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 2025.

From 01 April 2023 rulings changed and if you retire/return you can re-join the NHS 2015 Pension Scheme

If you are a re-employed pensioner from before 01 April 2023 and you wish to re-join the NHS Pension Scheme, please email  918pensions@uhb.nhs.uk. Advise that you would like to leave the NEST Scheme (if you are contributing to NEST) and re-join the NHS Pension Scheme. UHB will then make the necessary amendments to your payroll record.

You also have the choice to transfer any NEST service into the NHS Pension Scheme and should also include this in the email to UHB.

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

My NHS Pension

There is a new online portal – ‘My NHS Pension’ which allows NHS pension scheme members to view and manage their NHS pension in one place.  

NHS Business Services Authority, who administers the scheme, is rolling out the on boarding to My NHS Pension, and members will be contacted once they are able to register.  

If you are an active member of the NHS pension scheme, your registration codes will be sent to your work email address or home address by September 2024. 

You cannot register until you receive your invitation.

On My NHS Pension, active and deferred members can:  

  • View a copy of their annual benefit statement (ABS) 
  • See the personal details held for them. 
  • View their salary history and service employments. 
  • Provide additional contact details, such as a personal email address. 
  • Add and amend their nominations. 

Pensioner members will be able to: 

  • View an overview of their pension payments. 
  • View and download copies of their payslips and P60s.
  • See and amend the personal details held for them. 
  • View their salary history and service employments. 
  • Provide additional contact details, such as a personal email address. 
  • Add and amend their nominations. 

NHS Pension Tiers

All members of the NHS Pension Scheme pay a percentage of their pensionable pay to the scheme each month, known as a contribution rate.

From 1 April 2024, the amount you pay for your pension will change. You can find more information on your current contribution rate and what the changes from 1 April 2024 mean for you.

Your contributions from 1 April 2024

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced it is introducing changes to the amount members pay towards their NHS pension.

The DHSC has updated the pensionable pay ranges used to decide how much you contribute to your pension, and the percentage of your pay you’ll pay to be a member of the Scheme.

The changes help to reduce the gap between the different tiers of contribution rates.

Pensionable pay range

from 1 April 2024

Contribution rates from 1 April 2024,

based on actual pensionable pay:

up to £13,259 5.2%
£13,260 to £26,831 6.5%
£26,832 to £32,691 8.3%
£32,692 to £49,078 9.8%
£49,079 to £62,924 10.7%
£62,925 and above 12.5%

Additional details can be found on NHS Pensions and also on the following FAQs.

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
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.