This advice provides a general overview of the main elements of the NHS Pension Scheme in relation to dentists working in the salaried services within a hospital, community or salaried general dental service setting: the 1995 section of the Scheme and the 2008 section, which affected new entrants from April 2008 and those who chose to transfer to the 2008 section during the NHS Choices exercise.
The NHS Choices exercise provided a once-and-for-all opportunity for members of the 1995 section to transfer their benefits to the 2008 section. Those who chose to move from the 1995 section to the 2008 cannot transfer their benefits back to the 1995 section at a later stage
NHS pensions are administered by the NHS pensions agency for the relevant country:
- England and Wales: NHS Business Services Authority NHS Pensions (NHSBSA)
- Scotland: Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA)
- Northern Ireland: Business Services Organisation HSC Pension Service (BSO)
This guidance should not be treated as a complete or authoritative statement of the statutory provisions governing the NHS Pension Scheme. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the information contained in this guidance is accurate, no representations or warranties whether express or implied are made as to the desirability or completeness of the information. The BDA cannot be held liable for any loss arising directly or indirectly from the use of any information contained in this advice. The BDA provides information on pensions and insurance, in particular on the NHS scheme, but its employees are not authorised under financial services legislation to give independent financial advice. Such advice should be sought from independent financial advisers.