Joining, Moving and Leaving the Organisation
Related Policy, Process and Terms and Conditions
- Extension to Fixed Term, Secondment and Agency Form NHS 24
- Termination Form TSH
- Turas Learn - Instructions for new staff pre work NHS 24
- Annual Leave Calculation Form SAS
- Termination Form SAS
- Appendix 1 - Application for Relocation and Associated Expenses TSH
- Appendix 1 - Corporate Induction TSH
- Appendix 2 - Local Departmental Induction TSH
- Appendix 3 - Induction Checklist TSH
- Retirement Agenda - Lifestyles and Financial Considerations TSH
- Retirement Planning Meeting Template TSH
- Pre-retirement Factsheet TSH
- Am I eligible for a phased retirement? SAS
Staff members may wish to adjust to the prospect of retirement, with a gradual reduction in working hours which may be introduced three months prior to retirement.
Third month before retiral 80% of contracted hours
Second month before retiral 60% of contracted hours
Last month before reiral 40% of contracted hours
During this time employees will be paid as if at work. The pattern of reduced hours can only be permitted on the basis shown above i.e. the paid time off cannot be aggregated over a longer or shorter period.
Please note that this only applies to staff who are permanently retiring. Not those who are immediately returning to work for the Service.
You should speak to your line manager if you are considering requesting a reduction in working hours. It is important that the Service can plan resources to support a phased retiral, therefore staff are asked to provide as much notice of intent as possible. For further information please refer to the Retirement policy.
- Who should I speak to about attending a retirement course? SAS
If you are interested in attending a course then please submit a ‘contact us’ enquiry requesting the date and location you wish to attend.
- Does the Service run a retirement course? SAS
Yes, the Service has retirement workshops run by Affinity Connect scheduled throughout the year. You can find out information about the course content and dates for the coming year under My Board Events on the main page.
- I want to leave the pension scheme, how do I do this? SAS
There are significant benefits to joining the pension scheme so you should consider your options carefully before you choose to opt out. If you decide that leaving the pension scheme is the best decision for you, information can be found on the SPPA website.
- I plan to retire and then return to work with the Service. Will this affect my pension? SAS
There may be an impact on your pension if you retire and then return to work.
You can speak to the SPPA to discuss whether there may be an impact on your pension.
You can retire from the Service and take a break of service for 24 hours (a calendar day) before returning to work no more than 16 hours a week, without affecting your pension. After the first calendar month you may work more than 16 hours without affecting your pension.
If you wish to retire from the Service and work more than 16 hours per week then you must take a break in service of a full calendar month.
- What happens if I become too ill to work? SAS
If you have at least two years’ Qualifying Service and are too ill to work you may be able to retire early and take your Pension benefits. There are two tiers of Ill Health Retirement and the benefits you get will depend on whether or not you are capable of undertaking employment elsewhere.
You should speak with your Manager or Regional HR Adviser about ill health retirement options. An ill health retirement application form (AW8) can be found on the SPPA website.
- I am planning to retire and return to work at the Scottish Ambulance Service. Can I carry over annual leave? SAS
No. Staff are not able to carry annual leave over once they retire, even if they plan to return to the Service.
- I plan to retire midway through the annual leave year. How much annual leave will I be entitled to? SAS
Annual leave is calculated on a pro rata basis until the day of your termination.
If you need help to calculate your annual leave entitlement, then you can speak to your line manager in the first instance.
- What information is required by the Service to complete a pension application? SAS
The HR and Payroll departments require the following documents before they are able to process your pension application:
- The pension application form
- An annual leave calculation form
- A termination form
- When should I submit my completed pension application? SAS
Pension Applications and notice of Termination should be completed 4-6 months before the date of retiral to ensure that pensions are paid timeously.
- Where can I find a retirement application form? SAS
You should use an NHSRET application form for Age Retirement and Voluntary Early Retirement.
You can download a retirement application form and guidance on the SPPA website http://www.sppa.gov.uk/
- What age do you have to be to retire? SAS
There are no legal age restrictions for retirement.
If you joined the NHS Pension scheme on or after 1 April 2008, the normal pension age is 65. This is the age at which you can retire from NHS employment and draw the full value of your pension.
You can choose to take Voluntary Early Retirement from age 50 for the amended 1995 scheme or 55 for post 2008 scheme members and receive reduced benefits. Your pension is reduced to allow for the fact that it is paid earlier than expected.
- Can I get an estimate of the pension benefits I can expect to receive? SAS
If you would like an estimation of your pension benefits you should request this from the SPPA. It would be helpful for SPPA if you have your superannuation number or National Insurance number and date of birth when you contact them.
- I am thinking about retiring. What do I do next? SAS
- Will pension benefits from other NHS employers be transferred automatically? SAS
No. You will be able to transfer these benefits but you must apply in writing to:
Scottish Public Pensions Agency
7 Tweedside Park
Please ensure you include the following information:
- Details of your previous pension provider
- Date of Birth
- National Insurance Number
- NHS Superannuation Number (if available)
- Marital status
- Who is entitled to join the pension scheme? - SAS
All employees will automatically become or remain members of the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme unless they choose to make other provisions. The Scheme is contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) and details of the Scheme are given in the NHS Superannuation Scheme easy to read guide available on the SPPA website.
- What contributions will I pay to the pension scheme? SAS
Member contributions range for NHS staff based on Pensionable Pay. Employee contributions are taken from your pay before tax so you get tax relief on any amount you pay. You may also pay a lower rate of National Insurance.
You can find out further information about contribution rates at www.sppa.gov.uk