Consultation outcome

NHS Pension Scheme: proposed changes to Scheme regulations

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Detail of outcome

The consultation response summarises and responds to points raised in the consultation. The proposed amendments to the NHS Pension Scheme were either supported by respondents or received no comment. The measures permitting scheme access for independent providers of NHS services using an approved sub-contract were well received, with calls to include other contract types.

Contracting arrangements for NHS England’s new care models continue to evolve and are likely to be ready for use later this year. Accordingly, Scheme amendments to accommodate multi-specialty community provider contracts are withdrawn in favour of bringing forward a suite of changes that accommodate both multi-specialty community provider and primary and acute care system arrangements from October 2017.

The draft Scheme regulations will be updated as described in the document and laid before Parliament with a view to becoming effective from 1 April 2017.

Original consultation


Seeks views on changes to the NHS Pension Scheme, including the rules, to support the development of NHS England's new models of care.

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Consultation description

The Department of Health is consulting on changes to the NHS Pension Scheme rules to support the development of NHS England’s new models of care as described in the 5 Year Forward View.

The consultation document describes these changes and presents the draft statutory instrument, which also includes a set of technical corrections and clarifications to further improve the operation of the Pension Scheme rules.


Published 1 December 2016
Last updated 24 March 2017 + show all updates
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