Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Blue Route - Your pension

Most staff employed in the NHS have the right to be members of the NHS Pension Scheme. Pensions under the NHS Pension Scheme includes the retirement pension and early payment of pension on grounds of ill health.

If you are transferred from the NHS to an independent provider you should, under New Fair Deal, be able to remain a member of the NHS Pension as long as you remain wholly or mainly engaged in NHS funded work. You should speak to your trade union or HR representative for more details.

Fair Deal was introduced in 1999 to provide pension protection for staff compulsorily transferred out of the public sector. The approach taken was for staff compulsorily transferred from the public sector to have access via the new employer to a pension scheme broadly comparable to their originating public sector pension. New Fair Deal which took effect on 7 October 2013, builds on this principle by removing the requirement for a broadly comparable scheme, and allowing compulsorily transferred staff continued membership of the NHS Pension Scheme. 

For further information on New Fair Deal see the Workforce Issues Group web page.