Pre-formatted pension receipts

26th August 2016 by NASGP

Pre-formatted pension receipts

One of the main reasons a group of sessional GPs founded the NASGP in 1997 was because GP locums were excluded from the NHS pension scheme. So after our hard-fought campaign, which also involved the BMA and Department of Health, although not perfect, locum GPs can now pension their NHS earnings just like everyone else in the NHS.

So it’s pretty galling then for many of us to realise that, in some areas, since Capita took over, much of the pension administration system in England, our pension cheques haven’t been cashed by the NHS pensions agency or, if we can see the money’s left our account, to no longer receive receipts of payment.

Thankfully it’s evident that the NHS Business Services Authority NHSBSA are on to this, and in their latest Pensions Newsletter, clarifies the situation regarding receipts:

“The GP locum’s Employing Authority (i.e. NHS England’s regional teams/delegated CCGs, or Local Health Board) or agents acting for the Employing Authority must provide the GP locum with a receipt upon request.”

So to help make everyone’s life easier, we’ve now added a pre-formatted pension receipt request to our automatically generated Locum B form within our invoicing system, populating it with your payment details so that all Capita have to do is stamp and sign it, and post to straight back to you. And once Capita work out that it’ll be even easier if they generate these receipts instead, we can remove that functionality.

 

"I was introduced to the local locum chambers several months ago when I made a career move from partnership. I now combine salaried and locum roles. The chambers provides helpful support, leadership, advice and governance and reduces professional isolation. This combination of support reassures me and helps me provide safe and consistent care to patients within the community . There is a useful, innovative online portal - LocumDeck - which helps me access local work and which has efficient systems for reconciliation of finance including pensions. I would highly recommend joining a locum chambers for any GPs starting out in the locum world ."

Dr Adrian Richardson

Dr Adrian Richardson

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