The majority of the practices posting jobs on the Network Locum site will pay NHS pension contributions on top of the hourly rate advertised. This is because the practice employs and pays you directly, and therefore NHS pension can be claimed.
You are eligible to claim NHS pension if you are a GP operating as a sole trader.
To find out more about how to claim your pension, watch the video below and read the rest of this article for step-by-step instructions.
How to claim
- Check the job description to ensure that it does not state the practice does not pay pension contributions.
- After you've worked the job, request your invoice through the site by choosing 'Create Invoice' in your Billing section. You MUST ensure to choose the "I claim NHS pension" option, and include your National Insurance number, as highlighted in the example below.
- Once you've completed and saved the form, your invoice and pension form will be automatically generated within a couple of minutes. You will receive a copy of both documents by email, and both will also be stored in your Billing section, and available to download again at any time (see the screenshot below). At the same time, the practice will be sent your invoice and pension form, with instructions to make payment directly to you. The practice will complete and return your pension form to you, by post or email, depending on the practice, usually within 30 days.
- After you receive the pension form back from the practice, you should submit your forms to your host PCT/LHB. More information can be found here: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/4017.aspx
- A minority of practices do not pay NHS pension contributions (e.g. Out of hours organisations), and therefore pension cannot be paid. This will be stated clearly in the job description, as in the example below.
- Some practices will state that the rate is inclusive of pension contributions. This means they will be glad to complete a pension form for you, but that the total they will pay, including any pension contribution, will not exceed the hourly rate posted.