The NHS Pension scheme is based on length of service and salary at retirement (not dependent on investment returns). It provides a retirement pension based on 1/80th of your pensionable pay at retirement for each year of Scheme membership and a tax free lump sum on retirement equal to 3 times your pension.
There are early retirement options (subject to actuarial reduction), ill-health retirement pension (if you are unable to work due to incapacity) and compensation benefits on early retirement due to redundancy.
You will be automatically entered into the scheme when you join (although, there is an option to opt out, once your employment has begun).
Allowances are paid for a variety of reasons; for example, if you are required to work unsociable hours (which include evenings, weekends and bank holidays), or anything beyond your normal working hours (this will always be agreed in advance).
There are a number of posts which attract allowances, and these will be stated in your contract and explained to you fully prior to your start date. In agreement with your line manager, expenses will also be paid.
NHS Discount Scheme
The NHS Discount scheme cuts the cost of many things; from computers to car insurance, mobile phones to meals out, as an NHS employee you’re entitled to discounts on a wide range of products and services from high-street retailers and on-line shopping sites. All you need to do is register and logon to www.nhsdiscounts.com and membership is free. It also brings news of health related events and services and has a jokes section. There are also monthly prize competitions and a lottery-style cash prize.
We appreciate there’s more to your life than working, and we actively encourage our people to make the most of their holiday allowances.
Our holiday year runs from the 1st of April to the 31st of March. To begin, your allowance is 27 days per year, rising to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after completing 10 years. The allowance is pro-rata according to the terms of your contract.
If you’ve been employed within the NHS before joining NHSBT, your previous employment service is counted towards your entitlement to annual leave.