The NHS pension schemes in operation in Scotland are:

    1. NHS Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (1995 section) which closed on 31 March 2015.
    2. NHS Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (2008 section) which closed on 31 March 2015.
    3. NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2015. From 1 April 2015 all new employees join this scheme.  Most members of the NHS Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (1995 and 2008 sections) automatically joined this scheme unless they had protection.

    Administration and regulation of the NHS pension schemes is carried out by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) which is an executive Agency of the Scottish Government.   There are different regulations for each scheme.

    The Government's aim is for more people to have another income, on top of the State Pension, when they come to retire.  As such, legislation was introduced to help people save more money for their retirement and, as part of this, employers are required to automatically enrol their employees into a workplace pension scheme.  Detailed in the table below you will find the auto enrolment dates and any supporting documentation in place within your Board.  In addition you can refer to the SPPA Auto Enrolment information for contact HR using the Contact Us form.

    NHS Board

    Pension Auto Enrolment date

    Auto Enrolment Fact Sheet

    The State Hospital

    30th November 2019

    The State Hospital Fact Sheet

    NHS Golden Jubilee

    30th November 2019

    Golden Jubilee Fact Sheet

    Healthcare Improvement Scotland

    1st February 2020


    Health Scotland

    1st April 2020


    National Services Scotland

    1st July 2022

    NSS Fact Sheet

    NHS Education for Scotland

    1st October 2022


    NHS 24

    31st October 2022


    Detailed in the tabs below you will find helpful information relating to NHS pensions.