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Allowing independent providers into the NHS Pension Scheme — tackling recruitment issues and facilitating the movement of staff

The National Health Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (the Amendment Regulations) further amend the National Health Service Pension Scheme Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/300) (the 1995 Regulations) and the National Health Service Pension Scheme Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/653) (the 2008 Regulations) to, among other changes, introduce the new scheme access requirements for independent providers of NHS clinical services.

From 1 April, an independent provider (IP) is, in NHS pension terms, an organisation that holds a standard NHS contract, a contract as an alternative provider of medical services (APMS) or public health-related local authority NHS contract and who did not previously qualify as an employing authority.

Previously, only healthcare professional-led contractors had access to the NHS Pension Scheme. However, from 1 April 2014, an IP who meets the relevant eligibility criteria will be able to apply to become an employing authority in the scheme…

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