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Here is my latest instalment. I hope that you find these updates helpful. If there is anything specific that you would like me to cover could you please let me know by emailing the BMA staff at [email protected]
As you will see, I have kept a similar format in order that it may be easier for you to see the issues that were raised and how we are progressing with them.
For those of you new to these blogs, it may be helpful for you to have a look at the guidance that we have written and some of my previous blogs which can be found here under the further reading section.
NHSE and Capita (PCSE) have agreed to appoint a Pensions Expert who will undertake a review of Capita’s (PCSE’s) processes.
The BMA pensions team and I met with him at the end of September.
Their main goal at the moment is to update all the data that Capita (PCSE) hold and transfer it to NHS Pensions by 12 October 2018 in order that the Total Reward Statement (TRS) will be updated (see below).
As of August 2018, we were advised that only approximately one third of Total Rewards Statements had been updated.
In doing this exercise, the pensions expert should be able to determine where gaps lie in members’ records.
TRS will be updated on 13 December 2018. The records should be updated to 31 March 2017.
I have written this before however, it is important to note, the fact that if TRS is not up to date it does not mean that your pension record is not. There are many reasons why your TRS may not up to date and the exercise that the Pensions Expert is carrying out above will help them determine these and hopefully resolve them.
This is an evolving picture and we should have more information next time we meet.
The amnesty still stands.
We have discussed this with NHSE and Capita (PCSE) at the last meeting. There is no update regarding this at present.
At the moment there is nothing that you need to do for previous years. This may mean that your Total Reward Statement may not be up to date (please see TRS section) however, this should not be a concern unless you plan to retire soon.
This will become a more important issue over the coming months as TRS is updated.
PCSE continue to report that with an increasing number of individuals using the BACS reference number that we designed, they are more readily able to allocate monies to individuals’ pension records.
When submitting your monies please use the reference number of your SD number, followed by LOC for locum work or SOL for SOLO work followed by the month in the three characters and finally the year in two characters.
For example someone with an SD number of 12345678 submitting their locum forms in October would use;
My advice as previously, keep a copy/evidence of all forms and monies that you send just in case you are required to provide it as evidence in the future.
We have received the data from our Survey. Firstly, thank you to all those that have completed it.
I am not going to say anything further on this one at the moment however, please be rest assured we are working hard on this one.
Recently, we have been working on all GP locums having access to NHSmail accounts.
Historically, it has been difficult for locum GPs to obtain an NHSmail account unless a practice, a CCG or another organisation has been willing to be their host organisation.
NHS Digital, NHS England, the BMA, and the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) have been working together to develop a process to enable all locum GPs to register for an NHSmail account.
A pilot for 100 locum GPs will be launched in October 2018 to test the registration portal, and we are working towards making this available to all locum GPs as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have a working relationship with a practice or CCG, you may wish to ask if they would be willing to host your NHSmail account in the interim.
Watch this space!
There are many ongoing issues however, they affect us all. We will continue to meet with Department of Health and Social Care, Capita (PCSE), NHSE, the Pensions Expert and NHS Pensions until we can get the issues sorted.
If you would like to get in touch please email [email protected] or for specific pension queries [email protected]
I will continue to provide updates for you.
Krishan Aggarwal is Deputy Chair of the Sessional Subcommittee, GPC UK.
You can follow him on Twitter @Krishanx
Do you have any information about the problem of no superannuation for retainer GP sessions prior to a certain date. I have missed out on 8 yrs of superannuation payments , greatly affecting my pension because of this and was told that the new ruling now in place cannot be backdated to benefit me.
There is still a problem with PCSE/Capita closing cases prematurely before they have been resolved. This has just happened to me and the only way I can get back to them with my original case number is by going through their complaints process. I had been hoping to retire next year.
Please don't let it become in any way "compulsory" to have an NHSmail account e.g. from which to make locum pension submissions. I am quite happy with my current email provider and have no wish to complicate my life with another email account.
I retired a year ago, due to some unknown reason my pension was not calculated properly. TRS was not calculated at all. With the support of BMA pensions the NHS Pension has now decided to calculate TRS. About three months has passed but no figures have yet been received. What actions you advise me to take for proper and accurate calculations. Talking to different pension/ financial advisors appears that there is no common consensus about the pension calculations
I now undertake now regular sessional and OOH work , would you advise me to set up a limited company for tax calculation purposes and what shall I do about contribution to NHS Pensions. AUKR
Just to reiterate the comment in the blog about keeping copies of everything; I'm retiring and PCSE has just asked me to send all my locum A & B forms and Type 2 declarations for the past 6 yrs as none of it was on their system apparently - gross incompetence from someone!!
The TRS website remains ‘unavailable ‘ .
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"Please don't let it become in any way "compulsory" to have an NHSmail account e.g. from which to make locum pension submissions. I am quite happy with my current email provider and have no wish to complicate my life with another email account. "
I second this comment.
I worry about not having access at all to an NHS account in the future and don't need the stress of not being able to access an NHS account, when my doctors.org.uk or other works fine.
I feel less and less able to trust the process... :(
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