Exclusive – new unique identifying reference number now compulsory on all England & Wales locum pension forms

NHS Pensions (England and Wales) have not* announced that they've updated both their Locum A and B forms to each include a new unique identifying reference, that changes every month.

This new unique identifying reference is based on your 8-digit SD number (NHS pension scheme reference number) in the format [SD number]Loc[Month (3-characters)][Year (2-digits)], so changes every month and will look like 13245768LocMay17.

The pension agency have said that any paperwork not marked with this reference will not be processed.

We've already updated the automatically generated Locum A and B forms in LocumDeck, so this will all happen completely automatically for you - so long as you have added your SD number, you don't need to do anything differently.

You can find your SD number on any correspondence sent to you from NHS pensions or on some payslips; it's an 8 digit figure and starts SD. If you can't find you SD number, you can call the NHS pensions helpline on 0300 330 1346.

If you're still generating Locum A and B forms manually, you can download these new versions from our NHS pensions area.

*slight dig. We came across the new forms yesterday in our regular routine review of NASGP content.


2 Responses

  1. Camilla Haakonsen
    Just thought I'd add (thanks for the useful information by the way) that I've checked with PCSE on the number listed at the end of the Locum B form regarding sending scanned copies of the documents to them if paying by BACS - as I don't have an NHS.net account they said I should NOT email them but to post with proof of BACS payment and the unique reference number. I've been happily using my usual email address up until now but seems for 'security reasons' this has to stop. Thought this might apply to other NASGP members too.
  2. Pooja Arora
    Hi Camilla, Please read this guidance from the BMA sessional subcommittee which essentially says submit your forms as per normal no need for nhs.net address https://www.bma.org.uk/connecting-doctors/the_practice/b/weblog/posts/capita-and-the-nhs-pension-fiasco-what-is-going-on-part-3 Pooja

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