Is the ‘Unique Identifying Reference’ UIR the same across all forms for a given month?

Yes. The process by which a GP locum needs to aggregate their Locum A and B forms together so that they all have the same Unique Identifying Reference (UIR) caused some confusion when this change was first released in May 2017. But after communications with the NHS pension Stakeholder engagement team, it has been clarified that the UIR is created when you are generating your Locum B form, ready to submit your pension payment, and you then retrospectively add this same UIR to all the Locum A forms included with that Locum B form.

So, although the box for the UIR on Locum A form is in the section that usually needs to be completed before posting to the practice for them to complete Section 2, the UIR must in fact *not* be added here until the Locum A form has been received back from the practice with your payment. It's only then that you can confirm what month the payment was received in, and therefore, which month's Locum B form it will be included on. The UIR on the Locum B form and all its corresponding Locum A forms uses the first three digits of that month as part of that UIR.

For example, if you receive a Locum A form and its associated payment in June, your UIR will be xxxxxxxxLocJun17 (xxxxxxxx is your 8-digit SD pension reference number that begins SD).

The Locum B form that goes with this Locum A, and all other Locum As relating to payments received in June, will also have the same xxxxxxxxLocJun17 UIR, and all must received by NHSPS by the 7th July.

*If you have entered a UIR before sending it to the practice, and the practice has paid you in the same month as the three-character month reference that you gave in your UIR, then of course you will have entered the UIR correctly. If the UIR is wrong, NHSPS have confirmed to NASGP that you simply draw a line through the wrong UIR, write the correct UIR next to it, and then countersign it.

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